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This country has tried banning alcohol and drugs. One failed and the other is an ongoing failure. Each time the action helped organized crime.

Alcohol prohibition failed because it can be made so easily. I can (and often do) make alcohol at home. From there, distilling to harder liquor is reasonably straight forward. It's unpoliceable.

In my opinion, the strategy on drugs was terrible. Too much resource was spent hammering the little guy and not tackling the importation of drugs. Once importation is mostly stopped, then go after the domestic production.

Guns are very different in a couple of ways:
1. They aren't perishable
2. They aren't produceable at home (3D printing excepted)

That means you can concentrate resources on restricting supply (it's easy to stop domestic commercial production and therefore you try to limit imports) but you have a big problem with the stockpile of guns already in the country.


Why would it be different this time?

I didn't say it would be different. I said it's not impossible to stop people getting guns. Just because something isn't impossible doesn't mean success is guaranteed. It would be really difficult to do and would need a clever plan and a lot of resource but could be done (perhaps to getting rid of every single gun but certainly making a huge dent in the number.
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