Stephen Paddock booked a suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. He brought 17 weapons with him, including four Daniel Defense DDM4 rifles and three Sig Sauer FN-15s. Paddock knocked out two windows in his suite and then began shooting concertgoers 300 yards away. He killed 58 people and injured another 525.
The great gun control experiment is over
Some people have already begun talking about more gun control. The time for that particular conversation has passed. Stephen Paddock saw to that. The only thing worthy of a conversation today is to talk about the best way to remove every firearm from circulation. Every single one. Handguns, rifles, shotguns, or any other mechanism designed specifically for killing people.
It’s time for them to go.
The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
People have inalienable rights. At the very top of the rights pyramid is the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Guns and civilized society do not mix. We now know that to be true. There’s no disputing it. Politicians can talk about limiting the size of magazines, improved background checks, or closing the gun show loophole all they want. Those are not valid discussions to have today.
The discussion we need to have
The discussion we need to have now is the best way to remove all firearms from our country.
It may not be easy. When we decided people should not own other people, it took a civil war to accomplish that idea into practice. Will it take another civil war to remove every firearm from society? It might, but that should not be a factor in deciding what to do. If our ancestors allowed the threat of a civil war to factor in when deciding if slavery should be abolished or not, people today would still be allowed to own other people.
Some things are so important they’re worth almost any price. Removing guns from our country is one of those things.
How I would do it
If it were up to me, I would begin to ban all firearms by implementing a one-time buyback program for all firearms. I would then melt them. After the one-time buyback, possessing a firearm would be a felony. A conviction of possessing a firearm would involve mandatory minimums. We could take our existing laws on drugs and cross out the words “crack cocaine” and replace it with “firearm.”
That would be a good start.
Since writing this post, I’ve reconsidered my opinion on gun ownership. I no longer believe we should ban all firearms.