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The $34 Billion Question
20-year-old acquaintance, who is now working on an undergraduate degree in applied statistics, asked me why Joe Biden's
plan to force America's gun owners to register and pay fees
for their AR-type rifles and " high-capacity " magazines doesn't
make sense. He asked this sincerely, as I have known him since he was 10
years old, before adding that a professor told him it would be very simple
to do this, since the 1934 National Firearms Act already mandates it for
machine guns and suppressors.
This person is mathematically minded and not yet an ideologue, so it
made sense to begin with the math.
Americans now own nearly 20 million semi-automatic AR-type rifles. They
also own over 150 million pistol and rifle magazines that can hold more than
10 rounds of ammunition. Therefore, at $200 each, which is what the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) now charges for such registrations, I asked him how much that would cost America's millions of gun owners.
" Wow, $34 billion, " he said.
" Now, as you're a statistician, what do you estimate would be the rate of
compliance? "

His face twisted up as he pondered this.
I told him Beto O'Rourke claimed
America's gun owners would simply
do as they are told. O'Rourke, whom
Biden said would be his " gun-control czar, " was asked by CNN's Alisyn
Camerota a year ago, " You expect
mass shooters to follow the law? "
Beto paused before replying, " Our
fellow Americans will follow the
law, yes. "
This young man, however, wasn't
so sure. " Determining compliance,
even with small regulations, is notoriously difficult, " he said.
It was then helpful to touch on
the fact that freedom-loving citizens
are adamantly opposed to registering their guns with the government;
after all, history teaches us plainly,
and with repetition, that gun registries lead to confiscation.

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Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty

By Frank Miniter, Editor in Chief

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FEBRUARY 2021 I AMERICA'S 1 ST FREEDOM



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