Revolution

Bad Guys' Gun Usage Already Illegal

From the March 31, 1995, statement of Tulane University criminologist James Wright before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary:

My seventh observation is that everything the bad guys do with their guns is already against the law. That criminals will generally be indifferent to the law would seem to follow from the definition of the terms, but it's a lesson that we've had to learn time and again throughout our history. As a matter of fact, and as has already been stated by the panel this morning, gun acquisition by felons, whether from retail or private sources, for whatever reason, is already illegal. Yet obviously felons still acquire guns. Since practically everything the bad guys do with their guns, or do to obtain their guns is already against the law, one is entitled to wonder whether there is some new law that we haven't yet thought up that we can somehow pass that will persuade them to stop it.