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Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Dismaying Futility of Gun Control Regulation

Laws respecting criminal behavior historically have aimed to establish some basic rules of conduct.  To preserve social order, breaking those laws required that the guilty party pay the appropriate penalty, both to society and to the victim.  Except to the extent that fear of execution or imprisonment may have deterred would-be killers, criminal behavior laws were not expected to identify and restrain potential perpetrators. 

Some who now demand more stringent gun control laws are expecting that tightening such laws by requiring psychological profiling will lead to identifying and restraining potential mass murderers.  Making it nigh impossible to purchase a semi-automatic gun is expected to do the rest of the job.

Paradoxically, many who demand the Congress “do something” have for decades urged elimination of the death penalty.  Among other reasons, they say that laws providing the death penalty are not deterrents to murder and that too often innocent people are executed.

Read Theodore Dalrymple’s observations regarding Newtown’s Unanswerable Questions.
It is not likely that psychiatrists could have prevented the massacre.