The prohibition of guns – and the violence it will create
Gerald Celente is right, as usual: he said, look at how the government handled the prohibition of alcohol – it was a disaster. They completely failed. All they managed to do, was to push organized crime through the roof. Alcohol didn’t disappear, but crime soared. Look at the so-called “war on drugs.” Over $300 billion has been spent in the US on this “war” and the United States is as awash in drugs as ever before – and drug use and drug addiction are actually rising. One epic fail, two epic fails, now they want us to believe they’re going to get it right the third time? Not a chance.
The same will be true if they prohibit guns – the flood of black market guns will continue and will go on, and organized crime will soar once again. There is zero chance the government will be able to stop the flow of black market guns – they failed with booze, they failed with drugs, they will fail with guns as well.
So criminalizing gun ownership is useless. All it will do is raise the street price for guns, just like the “war on drugs” keeps the prices high for dealers and organized crime. Crime will then rise, because you are fueling gang and mafia activity – exactly as we saw when alcohol was prohibited, and exactly as we saw after the war on drugs began, when gangs suddenly found they had a huge new cash cow. And as Einstein said, “repeating the same actions and expecting different results is the very definition of insanity.”
Or we can look at the figures from Switzerland – they have one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world, and one of the lowest rates of murder. The US has a roughly similar level of gun ownership as Switzerland, maybe even lower, but one of the highest rates of murder in the world. Why? Clearly, it is not the level of guns in the society. It is because social, cultural and economic factors in the US are fueling a culture of violence. Banning first person violent video games would make more sense, but you hear nobody talking about that. Actually, while it would make far more sense than banning guns, I am not in favour of censorship – I am in favour of freedom of speech. Once the people allow their government to tell them what they can and cannot watch, listen to or read, they are in trouble. Maybe we should simply have warning labels on violent video games: “Warning: Graphic violence – not suitable for persons under the age of 18…or any human beings of any age, for that matter.”
But to return to the original point, banning guns will not reduce crime. That is the myth that is being perpetuated. It is foolish, and it is simply untrue. If we want to reduce crime, then we should create jobs and opportunity for all, stop raising our children on violent video games, TV and Hollywood movies, and above all, not drive people into desperation through economic strangulation.
I’m not pro-gun or anti-gun – I’m pro-sanity. Prohibition simply doesn’t work. Period.
By the way, I don’t own a gun, I feel no need to own a gun, and I’m not a rabid right-wing nut or member of the NRA – I simply do not want to see us waste our time and be distracted by idiotic plans and policies that will not only fail, but will in all likelihood aggravate the problems of crime and violence, by fueling gang activity and organized crime, while preventing us from looking at the real underlying causes of crime and violence in our society.
Shhhh….poverty, inequality and growing anger and desperation, as the middle class is eviscerated and eaten alive, more and more people are fall into or are trapped in a cycle of poverty, and hopelessness and frustration rise among the people, while the richest 1% rape the land – these things cannot be discussed.
Now where were we….? Right, we must ban and prohibit drugs, guns, alcohol…..
Have we not learned anything?
Fortunately, the fog is slowly beginning to clear, as more people ask questions, and challenge the reigning orthodoxy in many ways, on many issues.
March 7, 2014