Figure the odds. Some clown who was a member of the Columbian terror group M-19 has decided to ban guns in Bogata, Columbia.
What might be one of the largest experiments in gun control ever attempted is currently under way in the Colombian capital, Bogota.
No weapons are allowed on the streets of this city of 7.3 million people from Wednesday until 30 April.
“People who own guns legally can still keep them at their homes or at their offices. But they can no longer bring them to public places, carry them while on the streets, have them in their cars,” Mr Petro’s chief of staff, Antonio Navarro Wolf, explained.
“By doing so we will be protecting them from two things: from becoming a target for criminals who might want to take their weapons, and from using their guns in a moment of madness,” said the former MP and governor of Narino, who demobilised from the left-wing M-19 group in 1990, just like Bogota’s mayor.
It’s always the same story. Ban the law abiding from carrying guns in a vain attempt to stop the criminals from committing crimes. Two of the major anti-gun fallacies are there. First, the “you are so stupid that the criminal will just take it away from you” argument, and then the “You hotheads need me to take your guns away before you hurt someone” gambit. The only thing that makes it unusual is the fact that the politician pushing it was himself an armed criminal once.
Of course, by using his armed police force to violate the people’s natural right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, I think he’s still an armed criminal.
I predict that this “experiment” will be a smashing success. Unless there is something spectacular that messes it up, he will lie and declare victory. And then he will round up the guns.
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