Do American citizens honestly believe that banning the ownership of firearms wouldn’t help to eliminate shootings in schools?
No because of the remainder problem.Back in the 1970s during the Carter Administration when the gun control movement really got its feet under it, a study was commissioned to explore how the banning of guns would affect criminal usage over time. This was involving handgun bans which, then and now, are the primary firearm used by criminals.The study essentially concluded that back then with an estimated 90 to 120 million firearms in private hands that even if all guns were banned and all sales ceased, existing stocks of guns absent all-out forced confiscation were sufficient to supply criminal needs if each gun was used once, and only once, in a crime for the next two centuries.This is the supply side remainder problem. Banning guns today do not make the existing ones go away. And that study was supremely conservative in the use of a gun by a criminal. In more realistic terms, existing stocks back then if stolen by criminals and used the way criminals use them could keep guns in criminals hands for the next 300–400 years easily.So yes, I honestly believe banning guns won’t do a thing to solve school shootings for two reasons:You won’t eliminate the availability of guns via criminal access or acquisition.School shootings, while sensational and frightening, are a statistical non-event when it comes to criminal gun usage. They are a small percent of an already small percent of a specific type of crime.Banning guns does not eliminate them. Even if you try to confiscate them by force. And if you did more than enough would remain to be problematic for literally centuries to come. This isn’t the 1970s anymore. The number of guns in private hands is now 4–5 times that of when the study was commissioned and even back then they considered bans/confiscation useless due to the remainder problem.Short answer: The horses bolted the barn a long time ago. Too many guns out there to ban and have any effect at all on school shootings or criminal conduct in general. School shootings are a psychological symptom. Guns are merely the tool, not the cause.
How valid is the assertion made recently by EJ Dionne that the gun lobby and its supporters are setting themselves up for wholesale defeat?
Over the past 20 years, I've probably read 100 columns like this one. And every one misses the primary point: It's not the NRA against the American Public; It's the American Public against the Antigunners. America overwhelmingly supports the RKBA. The NRA is not funded primarily by gun manufacturers, but by millions of US citizens who support the issue at the polls and with their pocketbooks. The last time the antigunners pushed a piece of legislation through Congress the backlash was devastating -- the Democrats lost control of Congress. And the proponents of the Assault Weapons Ban got to see it fade into the sunset, and ultimately were forced to admit what every thinking American knew from the outset -- that the ban had nothing to do with crime control, and everything to do with political theater.I've never found Dionne to be a particularly insightful writer on any particular topic, and this column is an excellent example of that. He presupposes that there is a "gun lobby" that encompasses everyone who supports the RKBA and that it should speak with one voice, even though he knows that kind of reasoning can't be applied to any of the issues that divide our nation. The NRA's response to Obama's proposal has been tepid at best, because they really won't accomplish much. The only substantive one involves cracking down on unlicensed sellers of used guns at guns shows. And as I pointed out in a post on Quora some months ago, that's a problem that the ATF itself made when it stopped issuing FFLs to non-storefront dealers several decades ago (and both the NRA and the liberal media picked up on that). So a whole lot of folks agree that's a step in the right direction -- as long as the strategy is not abused to go after folks selling off their private collections. Now it's true that some members of the GOP are beating up on Obama over his gun plans, but that's not because the plans are outrageous -- it's because it's an election year and the GOP needs an issue with which to beat up on Obama. It has nothing to do with the NRA. And actually, Dionne knows that.
Top 10 Reasons Not to Vote for Obama?
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Why has ACA enrollment accelerated so much over the past few months? What changes have been made, and are they making enrollment faster and easier?
First of all, if you still need to sign up for health insurance, you should go to Health Insurance Marketplace, Affordable Care Act right now and sign up for coverage. You've got just seven days left until the March 31st deadline. It’s last call for 2014 if you want to be covered this year. Now, it's no secret to anyone that we had some issues with the website at launch. But that was months ago. Thanks to a team of experts who worked around the clock to get the site working back then, response times on Health Insurance Marketplace, Affordable Care Act are faster than ever. Most young people are eligible for financial help to make health insurance more affordable. And more than 5 million people have already signed up for coverage -- with tens of thousands more signing up every day.We’ve also added more call center staffers to help people enroll over the phone, and launched new search tools at localhelp.healthcare.gov where you can find in-person help with filling out your application. Historically, we know that most people buy health insurance close to the enrollment deadline. We’re human. We procrastinate. Massachusetts, which passed a health care law in 2006 that served as a model for the Affordable Care Act, saw similar trends early on in its enrollment period. In the first month people could sign up for plans in Massachusetts, just 123 people enrolled. After the first four months, 15,560 people had enrolled. And more than 20 percent of all those who enrolled in that first year signed up in the last month. But the broader reason that enrollment has improved these past few months is that the Affordable Care Act is working. Folks are recognizing that quality, affordable health care is available to them in the marketplace, very often with a tax credit that lowers monthly premiums and makes coverage even more affordable. For many Americans, it's the first time they've been able to afford care at all.So, one more time: If you still need to sign up for health insurance, go to Health Insurance Marketplace, Affordable Care Act right now and get yourself covered -- this is the last call for 2014.