Not a fan of Alex Jones (who frequently strays into the realm of the conspiratorial, if not he outright loony), but he does have a point about how Americans will refuse to relinquish their guns. Based on precedent from both inside and outside the United States, gun prohibitions and registration requirements have an absolutely lousy compliance rate. See the following article from Reason: http://reason.com/archives/2012/12/22/g ... red-defian
Even in Europe, which many of the anti-gun folks here seem to view as a model of sensible laws, the numbers of illegally held guns dwarf the numbers of legally registered guns in just about every country. For Australia, where anti-gunners like to tout the 1996 ban on self-loading rifles and pump-action shotguns, even the rosiest of estimates place the surrender rate at around 20%, and it might be much less. Australians surrendered 643,000 weapons in response to the ban, but records indicate that over the years before the ban the Ruger company exported more than a million of its self-loading 10/22 rifles to Australia. There were than one million rifles of just one
type in circulation, but only 643,000 guns of all
types were surrendered by the Aussies. Closer to home, in 1991 New Jersey passed its own version of an assault-weapons ban. In response, “947 people registered their rifles as sporting guns for target shooting, 888 rendered them inoperable, and 4 surrendered them to the police.” How many of those guns were there in New Jersey at the time? The estimate was 100,000 to 300,000. Going with the lower end of that range, that equals a compliance rate around 2%. California’s similar law requiring “assault weapons” to be registered with the state produced less than 10,000 registrations out of an estimated 300,000 guns in private hands.
Senator Feinstein is pushing a bill that would require registration of so-called assault weapons, and the commission headed by VP Biden is reportedly considering a “national gun database.” The evidence indicates that if those proposals pass, American gun owners would defy them on a massive scale. What then to do with those gun owners? How would you catch them and their “illegal” guns? What penalties should be proposed for noncompliance? Fines? Jail time? Are we prepared as a nation to turn millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals?
Also, while I would say that Alex Jones does not represent a typical attitude of American gun owners, there are a lot of people out there who do subscribe to the “from my cold dead hands” viewpoint. How many? I don’t know, but it’s likely in the thousands, if not tens or hundreds of thousands. There are millions of gun owners in this country, after all, so even a small percentage is a large number of people. Are we prepared to deal with the consequences if those people decide to “pull a Richard Poplawski” and open fire on the people who try to register or seize their guns?