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How Guns Are Like Nukes

Original Saepe_Expertus Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 8:28 PM
Mona WROTE: "To propose, as Hagel did, that the existing nuclear powers completely divest themselves of nuclear weapons wouldn't make the world safer. It would make it profoundly less safe because the U.S. would be powerless to prevent smaller powers that acquired nuclear weapons after we had destroyed our own from bullying the world -- or worse." My question to Hagel would be: "Sir...what would you do if a Chinese Nuclear Sub sat off our coast and threatened to vaporize NYC in the next 24 hours....and WE had NO NUKES with which to threaten retaliation which would, when delivered, make China the largest sheet of glass on earth? Why would you wish to see us so HAMSTRUNG?!?!?"

I stand out among my conservative friends in disliking guns. I favor reasonable restrictions on the Second Amendment, such as bans on fully automatic weapons, background checks for purchases and forbidding the sale of guns to those with histories of mental illness or criminality.

Yet I cannot agree with liberals that more gun control will lead to fewer gun crimes.

President Obama's choice for defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, actually illuminated one of the weaknesses of the gun control case. Hagel had been closely associated with Global Zero (though he's since repudiated it), a movement dedicated to "the elimination of all nuclear...