The United States is, yet again, faced with the dilemma of who should own military-style firearms - or, indeed, any sort of gun.
OPINION: The banning of anything in the US usually results in the criminal fraternity appointing themselves as the conduit.
Alcohol, drugs and illegal immigrants are classic examples.
Prohibition of alcohol in the 1930s was a monumental disaster and led to the emergence of powerful criminal empires.
Closer to home, we have the gangs virtually controlling the sale and distribution of drugs.
The lesson that nobody seems to have learnt is that to make anything illegal means that the criminal element is there to make sure it survives.
For instance, ban tobacco and you can be assured that the criminal black market will make sure your habit will be catered for.
Criminals and arms manufacturers will continue to make lots of money.
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