Johnny Dangerous wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:49 pm
I can't see a program like that working in the US at all. The only people here that would favor a program like that are likely middle class urbanites who already don't own guns. So even if the political class had the will, I don't think most of the gun owners would. IIRC Australias population is also slightly larger than the greater LA area, so even on a practical level there are real impediments.
I think it would for one fairly simple and obvious reason. In the US we worship many things, from Jesus, to God, to guns, to college football, to women with large breasts, to concepts of family, and many other things including coffee, barbecue, iPhones, pickup trucks, and artisanal water. But above all else we worship money.
Pay people enough for their AR-15s and most will happily sell them. (Cleaning them is a pain in the ass. Takes at least two hours and some of the ridiculously small bolts and the buffer assembly were obviously made to drive people insane.) Even with our greater population it would be money well spent. And the statistically remaining gun owners, that 1 to 2% that own such huge numbers of weapons, would be much easier to keep track of.
And of course it would all be litigated. We're the most litigious country on earth. But tying up evidence and materials being litigated either through escrow or impound is another way to get weapons off the streets.
And fwiw, I'm not a "middle class urbanite" who has never owned guns. I'm a hillbilly who knows how the folks back home value cold, hard, cash. So stop wasting time comparing two no-account places like Australia and Los Angeles and fire up the paymasters!