Gun Control the Second Prohibition

Gun control. It’s a safety issue, a health issue. It’s for the sake of the children, women aren’t safe in their own homes, crime will go down, less money will be wasted on police services. Sound familiar? It should, it’s the same old excuses, same old emotional manipulation that was used nearly 100 years ago.

Remember that whole little “prohibition” thing? How did that work out? No one ever died again, women and children stopped being abused, no one ever went to jail again. Some towns even closed their jails because alcohol was the root of all evil. After the 18th Amendment passed, life was like the Garden of Eden. Right.

I have to wonder how many people said, “I told you so.” Those who had supported prohibition, who argued and called people names when they disagreed with them, finally had to admit they were wrong.

One reporter wrote, “Five years of prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists. None of the great boons and usufructs that were to follow the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment has come to pass. There is not less drunkenness in the Republic but more. There is not less crime, but more. There is not less insanity, but more. The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished.”

Even John D. Rockefeller, who contributed a lot of money to the prohibition movement, changed his mind when he saw the results. “…that a vast army of lawbreakers has been recruited and financed on a colossal scale; that many of our best citizens, piqued at what they regarded as an infringement of their private rights, have openly and unabashedly disregarded the Eighteenth Amendment;…that crime has increased to an unprecedented degree – I have slowly and reluctantly come to believe.”

If the people of the 1920’s felt like their private rights were infringed upon and so ignored the law, it’s pretty naïve to think American’s would willingly obey a law that infringes upon our constitutional rights. Americans don’t take well to being told they can’t have something, especially something that has been a foundation of our lives since the beginning of our country. We also don’t like double-standards. The very politicians who supposedly supported prohibition were secretly drinking. Does anyone really believe that the politicians who support gun control would not have their own guns? They already have guns in their own districts where they say no one else should have them. Of course they’ll use their excuses that their constituents are mad at them for backing the ban, so they are at risk and have to protect themselves. Funny how they always have a “good” reason for what they do but no one else does.

Prohibition simply created a massive black market business. What would banning guns do? Create an even bigger black market business for all things gun-related. Who doesn’t think “a vast army of lawbreakers” would be “recruited and financed on a colossal scale”? The illegal alcohol business would be dwarfed by comparison. I, for one, am not willing to try another “experiment” as prohibition was called. The mistake of gun control would have even more deadly effects than prohibition had.

So, just like prohibition, banning guns will not solve all the problems in the world. It will, in fact, have a devastating impact on our country. The amount of money that will move through the black market will be astronomical. Which begs another question – is that the point? Maybe the goal behind the most vocal anti-gunners is more about the opportunity. Do they have their own plans to make money off the black market? Maybe it wasn’t really the temperance ladies who were behind prohibition, maybe they were just pawns in a bigger game. Maybe it was others who realized a ban would create tremendous fortunes for themselves. Maybe these same modern day opportunists know where the real money lies – in controlling the black market on guns. Question everything and follow the money. Who really stands to benefit from a gun ban? It most certainly is not society, as prohibition proved. Fool me once…

About the author: Nancy Keaton

Nancy Keaton lives in Chehalis, Washington with her family. She is mother of three and grandmother of three and has recently acquired the healthy love of guns, self-defense, hunting, and the Second Amendment. Nancy and her family are also a travel writing team and you can learn about fun in the Pacific Northwest by checking out their blog at Questions and comments can be emailed to Nancy at

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