we can only speculate what a ban on firearms would do to the suicide and homicide rate. There are too many variables.
It is possible to regulate firearms through the legislative process. A sweeping ban on firearms would require a constitutional amendment.
I could dream up many scenarios where we could ban refined sugar or require everyone to walk 1 mile a day. This could effect the death rate more than any ban on firearms. Fortunately none of these would be legal/constitutional.
I never said suicide or homicide rate. I said "gun violence." No guns = no gun violence.
And it's a thought experiment. God knows when we'll see a national gun buyback program. You might see it in pockets of the country but that is unlikely to do any good if not done comprehensively.
And I hate to quote Scalia again, but the 2nd amendment does not rule out reasonable constitutional legislation on guns.
If this wasn't a spray, I don't know what is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Hook_Elementary_School_shootingLanza stopped shooting between 9:46 a.m. and 9:49 a.m., after firing 50 to 100 rounds. He reloaded frequently during the shooting, sometimes firing only fifteen rounds from a thirty round magazine. He shot all of his victims multiple times, and at least one victim, six-year-old Noah Pozner, 11 times. He shot mostly in two first-grade classrooms near the entrance of the school, killing fourteen in one room and six in the other. The student victims were eight boys and twelve girls, between six and seven years of age, and the six adults were all women who worked at the school. Bullets were also found in at least three cars parked outside the school.
And no, my prescription would be to make it much, much harder to get the type of guns used in Sandy Hook. No civilian, sane or insane, should have that type of firepower for self-protection.
Riddler, if more guns are the answer to less violence, why don't you buy one, and an assault weapon at that? (You made a point of saying that you are not getting one any time soon in a previous thread)