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How Guns Are Like Nukes

USNbubblehead Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 10:15 AM
Liberal positions on firearms have almost universally been wrong. (perhaps the only correct ones are the vigorous enforcement of existing gun laws and restricting access for mentally ill people). Now looking at the deterrent value of nuclear weapons and applying this to firearms is certainly valid. The difference is mostly in scope, but another critical difference is that nuclear deterrent centers around the MAD doctrine which ensures complete and utter destruction of BOTH parties. IOW, if you attack me with nukes, you die too. Not so with firearms; the MAD principle doesn't apply. The person being attacked has a much better chance of surviving the encounter than the attacker.

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...