I mentioned my admiration for Saturday Night Specials on these pages in the past. Inexpensive guns that are also reliable and safe to operate, they have been instrumental in protecting low income families.
A problem with all this is that criminals tend to favor such inexpensive guns when conducting their violent calling. This makes sense, as the majority of guns used in violent crime have been stolen from their rightful owner. Since most thefts occur in low income areas, and the majority of firearms found in depressed neighborhoods are of the cheaper variety, it would be noteworthy only if more expensive and mainstream guns were acquired by criminals.
Over the decades, there have been calls to ban cheaper guns in the interest of reducing crime.
The argument goes that passing a law to make illegal all handguns sold under a certain price would pinch off the supply of weaponry for the evil people who prey upon the rest of us. No cheap guns, and violent crime is reduced!
“Logic” of this sort only works if one ignores facts which are incredibly easy to perceive, the first of which is that the crime rate is highest in the states which have the most stringent gun control laws. It might be more difficult for criminals to steal guns in those states because it is more difficult for law abiding people to acquire them, but criminals always seem to find a way no matter what the law says.
The second point is that the need for low income people to protect themselves from violent crime is more pressing than in wealthier neighborhoods. Making guns sold at a reasonable price would simply disarm the law abiding who have to live with fixed incomes, not the criminals.
This is all old hat for those of us who are interested in armed self defense. Why go back over such well traveled road?
I recently came across this BBC article that reports on efforts to ban a popular wine sold in Scotland. Known as Buckfast Tonic Wine, it has been bottled and sold for more than a century by the Benedictine monks who reside at Buckfast Abbey. It is characterized as having a high alcohol content, a high caffeine content, a low price, and a sweet taste similar to cola mixed with cough syrup. Think of it as an energy drink for those who want to get drunk.