Post-Gazette Associate Editor Dan Simpson has penned a column about how to get guns off America's streets. It's bad. One of the worst things I have ever read. In fact, it is so bad, I wonder if it is some kind of satire. Seriously. I think he might actually be pro-gun. Or maybe... OK. Just read the whole thing yourself.
Suggestions include a $1,000 fine and prison time for anyone in possession of a gun. Random street searches for all citizens, including old ladies, and a heavily guarded government armories where hunters can store firearms until hunting season. And the kicker: "Then, on a random basis to permit no advance warning, city blocks and stretches of suburban and rural areas would be cordoned off and searches carried out in every business, dwelling and empty building."
Like I said, either it's the scariest bit of nonsense I have seen in years, or brilliant satire.
At any rate, do take a look. And read it with this in mind: In some form or another, all of these strategies have been tried. In the war on drugs. And thank god. Imagine of we lived in a society in which people had access to drugs.