that when a Republican wants something to be illegal, it does not matter at all what the costs of that will be or whether the effort will ever be successful in reducing the illegal activity.
for example, drugs. or abortion
but when a Republican wants something to be legal, it doesn't matter at all what the costs to society will be from that. And they are all over the argument that regulation wouldn't work anyway.
for example, guns. (just about the only issue they make the regs don't work argument for)
How do they get away with that? Ideology trumps logic once again.