Why do those who oppose banning guns often agree with banning gay marriage, abortions, drugs, etc?
"You think banning guns is going to block criminals from obtaining them?"
Why would banning abortions stop people from getting them?
(Hint: It doesn't.
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Why would the "War On Drugs" stop criminals from obtaining/distributing narcotics?
(Hint: It hasn't.
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Because the majority of white Americans have guns and they're afraid that if they can't have those guns, all the "Brown People" will crawl out of the woodwork and murder them. They're delusional, clearly.
There are over 320 million people in the US today, and half of the gun deaths are suicides, a fair number of the rest are criminal activities, including gang violence.
Laws don't change the views and actions of the people. Prohibition failed, and Abortion is still contested, as the SC or even constitutional amendments can't change social issues.
The problem in most of the issues that you mention is that a fair number of people are the problem, but why should the rest of the people be restrained from legal activities.
We have a major gang problem in the US, and much of it is part of the billion dollars worth of illegal drugs coming into the US, and its distribution.
Banning guns or increasing the control on guns doesn't affect the gangs and the criminal element, because like alcohol during prohibition, the gangs just added another illegal product.
Gay marriage is a social issue, and many people don't like being muscled and forced to adopt someone else's way of life. There were other ways for gays to have their relationships made equal in government benefits, but the lgbt wanted the country to validate their lifestyle as well. Benefits are unequal, but validation is a social issue that can/t change the way people think.
Gay marriages gives equal benefits from the federal government, but it does nothing for the couples, both gay and straight that also want these benefits but don't want to get married. So the lgbt apparently doesn't care to treat these couples equal.
Basically, the country can make laws, and the SCOTUS can decide in their favor, but neither of these actions will change the will of the people. It didn't work for prohibition, tobacco, abortion, or gun control. The war on drugs has fizzled.
A lot of people, I suspect, advocate bans as a way to make a moral statement and do not really consider (or care about) the reality of the impact the ban will have on the activity in question.
Homosexuality, abortions, and drugs are 'immoral' hence should be banned, whereas guns are a divine gift from God himself.
The interesting thing about your question is that people almost NEVER actually discuss the differential effectiveness of a ban relative to the nature of the commodity.
All of those things you mentioned are extremely different commodities. Gay marriage is in some ways a pure moral commodity, so it is hard to even talk about as a commodity.
Abortion is a service commodity, but what makes it unique is how desperate some people may be to have access to it, which makes banning it relatively ineffective and potentially very dangerous.
Drugs are a low-tech commodity. Producing/distributing them doesn't take much skill, requires relatively basic and available material inputs, and unsophisticated manufacturing. This allows for decentralized and mobile operations, which makes bans extremely difficult (same for alcohol).
Gun production on the other hand requires a high level of skill, advanced materials, and sophisticated manufacturing. This means that they tend to be produced in known, fixed locations, which should make a ban relatively easy.
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