Originally Posted by ethanm
The point of making them illegal is to stop their manufacture. Eventually, they disappear through confiscation, breaking, etc and they can't be replaced. The aim of making gun ownership illegal is to stop the manufacture except for government contracts. Buying an AR15 in Australia for instance is damn near cost prohibitive.
Do you really think that will work? 3D printing is already proving someone sitting at home can start cranking out their own guns. It is still in its infancy, and it is very expensive, but in 3-5 years, I expect it to be much more mainstream. Plus you have hundreds of millions of guns in circulation that won't be easily or quickly rounded up. We talk about how hard it would be to round up all the illegal immigrants in this country and send them home, but there is an order of magnitude more guns.
Plus, unless you can pull it off world wide, there are plenty of countries that will manufacture and import weapons. Has prohibition worked for drugs? Did it work for alcohol?