As far as the left’s patronizing objection to gun control opponents that, “no one’s coming to get your guns,” the San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne has taken the unrealistic position that all guns can be taken off the streets withing a “generation.” Breitbart had the story, which quoted Landsowne:
“I could not be more supportive of the president for taking the position he has. I think it’s courageous with the politics involved in this process. [And] I think it’s going to eventually make the country safer.” He made it clear that it may take “a generation,” but new laws could eventually take all guns off the streets.
Such an extreme statement highlights the Tocquevillian warning that the end goal of eliminating the freedom of citizens can be achieved by the state passing “reasonable” regulation after “reasonable” regulation.
In a nation where hammers and clubs killed more people in 2011 than all rifles combined, of any type or magazine size, by a rate of 496 to 323, it seems a bit absurd, not to mention slightly nefarious, to seek a ban on a subset of so-called “assault rifles” (as if there were any other type). The aforementioned blunt objects also killed more people than all shotguns combined, which registered a rate of 356 murders.
In that same year of 2011, gun control-central Chicago alone had more murders at 433 than all people murdered in the U.S. by rifles or shotguns. While 99.7% of registered gun owners are law-abiding, criminals break laws because that is what they do. Criminals not only can make their own guns, they can actually print automatic ones. The notion that disarming law-abiding citizens will lead to a reduction in violent crime is simply quixotic.
It is the job of the police to protect and serve the people. Disarming the populace of semi-automatic rifles and home defense firearms puts law-abiding citizens in more danger, not less. Not even the best police unit can be everywhere at once, and no matter how tempting it is to presume otherwise, people should be seen as innocent until proven guilty.
Therefore, police officers should refuse to comply with the forcible confiscation of semi-automatic weapons, just like 2/3 of the public say they will refuse to comply with a federal gun ban. Innocent, otherwise law-abiding citizens want to feel safe, just like any other person, and just like any politician.1 2