Quote: Originally Posted by JamesBondo
anyone that doesn't agree with me want to take a stab at this one?
Neither you nor I will see that, or anything else for that matter, in 200 years, (unless you're immortal
). Problem is, we'll probably see it much sooner. The US has major problems, and it ain't guns. That is the symptom; banning certain, or all guns for that matter, to try to fix the problems is like taking away cigarettes from a coal miner so he'll stop coughing up that black goo.
The problems in the States date back to their formation of a Republic, because they messed that up in short order and never really formed a functional Republic. Today's rot still starts at the top; they are over governed, (in all but the places they should be), over lawyered, over litigious, over protectionist, (statist). Their legal immigration of talented and motivated folks has slowed to a crawl because it is no longer a most desired destination. As Conrad Black put it, "...The United States' own institutions have largely calcified".
Most judges and legislators are former prosecutors, the justice system in the US "is agigantic legal cartel". At over a million, the US has half of all the lawyers in the world, "where legal bills consume over $1 trillion a year". 47 million Americans have criminal records. Their so called justice system is so terribly corrupt, procecutors get away with shenanigans that would not only get a Canadian or British Crown Counsel disbarred, they would also serve custodial sentences.
Anyone who thinks I'm just fixated on the criminal justice system because I don't like it has to realize that it is the main thing that, in an otherwise free country, can unjustly take away all freedom, legally. It is a leviathan we mere mortals are ill equipped to fight. It isn't the only enemy of the state, but a major one, and taking away peoples' guns isn't going to fix that, and will probablhy only exacerbate the disconnect between the electorate and their overlords even further, along with the misdirected angst and violence we've come to see all too often.
It's getting late, that's my rant, for now.