Larry Pratt (Executive Director, Gun Owners of America) gives expert video advice on: Why is there a measure to restrict the number of guns sold per person?; Why is there a measure to raise the age requirement for a gun purchase?; How do gun laws affect recreational gun users? and more...
Why is there a measure to restrict the number of guns sold per person?
It is really difficult to understand why you would want to restrict the number of guns that can be sold to a person. And actually, one of the states, South Carolina, which has quite a bit of gun-control laws on it's book, has taken that off the books, because they realized that it was not doing any good.
How do gun laws affect recreational gun users?
Try to be a recreational gun user in New York City and you can find out very quickly how gun laws affect you, or in Washington D.C. You have to leave the jurisdiction all together. Same thing for most firearms in the city of Chicago. So gun laws at some point just become totally prohibitive and restrictive.
Has the federal assault weapons ban made a difference in crime rates?
Not at all. They were not used in crime before, during, or after the ban. And that has been something that is very disappointing to gun-control proponents. I debated Catherine Crier for her Court TV show weeks before the semi auto ban was going to be lifted. Sunset actually, technically. And she was quite convinced that there was going to be mayhem resuming in the streets. And I said let us have this conversation a year from now, because I guarantee you that you are wrong, and we can talk about how that has not been a problem at all. She did not invite me back for that. But she did invite me back for another subject and I made sure that I injected that into the program.
Should we treat guns the same way we treat cars?
Oh I wish we could. I wish I could take my gun everywhere I can take my car. I can't take my gun into Washington, D.C., but I can take my car into Washington, D.C. I can leave my car on my driveway and I don't have to have a license whatsoever for it as long as it's on my private property, anywhere in the country. Oh I wish I could have my gun treated as my car is treated.
Are gun control measures a threat to gun owners?
Gun-control measures are only a threat to the good guys and they are not a threat to criminals. So the good guy who wants to be able to protect himself, and who understands that the police can not be there to protect him, and the law in fact does not require any Police Department in the country to protect any individual citizen, unless they are in a witness protection program. Otherwise you cannot sue the police even if they were completely negligent in allowing somebody to be beat to a pulp in front of their nose.
Should there be any gun laws?
Constitutionally there shouldn't be, and frankly we're trying to figure out what gun law can be pointed to that has actually kept criminals from getting guns. If a gun ban on island nations like Jamaica and the United Kingdom doesn't keep guns out or criminals' hands, who are we kidding? What do we think something less than a gun ban is going to do to stop criminals from getting guns?