Gun Control and the Capone Effect

You know what made Al Capone a rich man? Prohibition.

Pablo Escobar’s wealth? Made through prohibition.

Both these murdering entrepreneurs earned their fortunes by supplying illegal products to paying customers. When the feds got them, Capone for tax invasion and Escobar by lead ingestion, other men like old Joe Kennedy and the Ochoas stepped up quickly to fill the demand and take their places.

During their reign of brutal criminality those boys turned millions of law-abiding citizens into law-breakers solely because the yeomanry used their product. And the reverse of intention happened regarding consumption, as Capone capitalized on the increase in a call for the forbidden booze and Escobar bought off so many government officials that supply, distribution, and consumption were hardly curtailed.

This same Capone Effect would quickly happen if and when Dems basically repeal the Second Amendment and tightly regulate, if not outright outlaw, gun ownership. You might call it Gun Prohibition.

Merely because you loathe something, be it booze, drugs, or guns, doesn’t mean others will stop desiring it. Ideology does not trump laws of supply and demand. But the left knows nothing of Economics 101, much less supply and demand, so they believe that once what they consider to be scary guns are outlawed, current urban terrordomes will become urbane paradises and loons who want to shoot up public spaces will not be able to acquire the hardware to do so.

Of course, that cities now with tough gun control laws already are shooting galleries and that those loons will still be able to acquire all the various, and probably more powerful, weapons they want is lost upon gullible leftist Dems and ignored by their more manipulative cohorts. The latter just want weapons out of the hands of anyone who could ever stand in their way.

To the former the perception, not the reality, is all that concerns them.

“Gee whiz, comrades, we passed a really keen law that blatantly violates the Bill Of Rights. Aren’t we super groovy?” the poor dumb beasts might say.

If nothing improves, as in the failed experiment with booze prohibition or the five decades-long losing War on Drugs, no sweat. They’ll declare victory and go home. Does it matter that nothing will change for the better and entrepreneurs as before will fill in the gaps between legislation and reality? Not to Dems. They’ll have gone on to their next fad of the political season.

So keep your eye on the target and your powder dry, as various politicians will use the recent tragedies to try and shoehorn in unconstitutional restrictions on gun ownership and use. Some of those pols may come from surprising places.

But nevertheless, they’re on the way.

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David Kamioner

A veteran of service with US Army Intelligence, the Pershing Nuclear Brigade, and the First Infantry Division, Kamioner is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s European Division and spent over twenty years as a political consultant, college instructor, non-profit director, and corporate PR director. He hails from New York City and grew up in South Florida. He served with the American Red Cross as part of the relief effort for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. For several years he ran homeless shelters, most recently homeless shelters for US military veterans. He currently is a Senior Contributor for OpsLens.com, a writer for American Greatness, and has been published in LifeZette. He is the author of the novel "Prisoner of the Chattering Class" and lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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