Assorted prohibitionists have of late become more strident in their demands that certain firearms be banned, and their owners declared felons and imprisoned if they failed to turn theirs in. Some of the most radical have suggested that such a ban, and such punishment, be applied to all firearms and their owners.
Well, let’s look at that. According to the libertarian think tank Cato Institute, “At any given time, the United States holds almost two million people in prison for felony convictions. Often overlooked, however, are more than 11 million people who cycle in and out of American jails every year for misdemeanor offenses.”
It is no secret that our correctional facilities in this country are already way overburdened, to the point that hardcore criminals are sometimes released earlier than they should be. There are at LEAST a hundred million gun owners. So, those who would stigmatize and indeed imprison that much of the population would be overloading the corrections system to the tune of something like fifty times its capacity, with all the new inmates being people so law-abiding that they were allowed to own deadly weapons until the Draconian ban passed.
Some of those prohibitionists have even polluted the Twitterverse with blood lust, suggesting smugly that after a hundred thousand or so gun owners resisted and were shot down by police, everyone else would want to turn their weapons over willingly.
My friend Larry Correia begs to differ, and he has thought it through much more deeply than those who call for bans, and mass confiscation and imprisonment. Here are his predictions.