What would happen if guns were banned tomorrow in the US?

@Taskr36 (13928)
United States
April 19, 2010 12:54pm CST
Imagine that the unthinkable happened and that the 2nd amendment was repealed and guns were banned outright. What do you think would happen? How would the government get guns off the streets? For the sake of this discussion I'll pretend the result would not be a bloody revolution where people open fire on any law enforcement attempting to take away their right to defend themselves. I think it would likely start with a "voluntary" program where people turn in their guns and maybe get a cookie and a pat on the head. The government would track these people and then proceed to send law enforcement to the homes of anyone with a registered firearm demanding they turn it in. If they did not, it would be taken by force. If they claimed the weapon was lost or stolen, their homes would be searched and torn apart to be sure weapons weren't under floorboards or behind drywall. After a period of time the majority of law abiding citizens would lose their guns and with them, the ability to defend themselves. And what of the gangs and criminals? They would, of course, run amok. Bank robberies would skyrocket. Home invasions, rape, and other crimes would increase as law abiding citizens, including private security at banks, condos, apartments, and other establishments would not be capable of opposing these criminals. The government would declare a "War on Guns" because they declare war on any problem they can't fix (war on drugs, war on AIDS, war on poverty, etc). Overtime law enforcement may decrease the number of firearms possessed by criminals just through arresting them and confiscating the weapons. But what has history shown us about legal things being made illegal? Guns would come out the same way alcohol did during prohibition. People would make guns themselves and there would be a surge in illegal, privately made firearms. Anyone familiar with guns knows they really are pretty simple machines. There are no shortage of videos on the internet giving detailed instructions. Of course the biggest problem here is that the majority of people making and using these underground guns will be hardened criminals. So what do you think would happen if guns were banned? Does my scenario sound accurate? Is a bloody revolution the most likely outcome if the 2nd amendment is repealed? I see a fair number of people here who despise the 2nd amendment and want guns outlawed. How exactly do you think this would improve our society and what do you think of my suggestion that criminals would simply use homemade firearms as many already do? http://dailygunpictures.blogspot.com/2009/01/part-1-homemade-weapons-zip-gun.html
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
20 Apr 10
My first guess would be the bloody revolution. But for the sake of the discussion, it would create alot of criminals out of law abiding citizens. Myself, I would surround myself with dogs that you would have to get through while I reload.
@laglen (19783)
• United States
20 Apr 10
We have 4 the smallest being about 40 pounds and the largest at about 130 pounds! PLENTY of time to load!
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@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
21 Apr 10
I don't know about a bloody revolution but I do think there would be a lot less "law abiding" citizens. I think that criminals might walk into things that would not then be expected. The outlawing of arms would make otherwise law abiding citizens criminals on a forced basis. I would not give my arms up easily and I pride myself on being on the up and up.
• Philippines
20 Apr 10
criminals and policemen fighting through slingshots