Prohibition and Disarmament
Argument is pursued concerning the obvious—should a minor, a convicted criminal, one who is mentally ill, an alcoholic, or a drug addict have the right to possess a gun? Our edicts do not fuss with such trivialities. Negative licensing of guns with sporting purposes, excluding a few defined categories from the right to possess a firearm, is an excessively cautious, only marginally useful mechanism, other than as a wedge to more rational legislation. We seek a disarmed populace. —Norval Morris and Gordon Hawkins, The Honest Politician's Guide to Crime Control, 1969
In the area of Policy we recommend that… there be a complete and universal federal ban on the manufacture, importation, sale, and possession of handguns (except for authorized police and military personnel). —Surgeon General's Workshop on Violence and Public Health, 1985, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
All small arms and light weapons which are not under legal civilian possession and which are not required for the purposes of national defense and internal security, should be collected and destroyed by States as expeditiously as possible.
—UN Report, August 1999
If the Brady Law, even with amendments, is not likely significantly to reduce gun crimes and injuries, what about prohibiting all firearms or at