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  •  Lets immagine for a moment... (3+ / 0-)
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    Utahrd, noway2, theatre goon

    All guns in the US disappear into the sky by way of the gun rapture magnet.  Firearms murder rates plummet, however, given that we can't keep drugs out (see also Prohibition and the current war on drugs) will also let guns leak back in.  The difference is that the distribution channels would be the exact same as the ones used by the licit drug trade.  We would be worse off than before as the supply chain would be controlled by organized crime.  

    •  Expanding upon this thought (1+ / 0-)
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      theatre goon

      "Firearms murder rates plummet, however," overall murder rates remain because the murders use other weapons, or even their hands.

      •  That is to say (2+ / 0-)
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        theatre goon, noway2

        Criminal misuse of firearms would dramatically push up negative externalities and we would have a war on guns.  

        Don't get me wrong, if you feel better being beaten to death than shot to death in a home invasion or robbery gone wrong, it is a victory.  

        We would also see the strong dominate the physically weak.  Women who leave abusive relationships would be less able to defend themselves against there abuser should he go looking for her.  

        An armed society may or may not be a polite society, but its also one where self defense does not require being built like a viking.  

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