Is there anything guns can’t do?
“There are 11 million people living here illegally,” [McCain] said. “We are not going to get enough buses to deport them.” Some audience members shouted out their disapproval. One man yelled that only guns would discourage illegal immigration.
No doubt there’s some base metaphor at work here about how illegal immigrants are “invading” America as a burglar invades your home. But still, pause for a moment and consider the practical application of that last phrase. For guns to discourage illegal immigration, we’d pretty much have to be mowing down people attempting to cross the border, which means a person has been given a death sentence simply for allegedly crossing an invisible line in the literal sand.
It should be pointed out here, as it should be pointed out every time we discuss illegal immigration, that border security has been substantially beefed up in the past decade, with much of the reinforcement coming during Obama’s administration, and that illegal immigration, for this and myriad other reasons, has decreased to almost nil. It’s hard to detect any urgent necessity for more guns in this case, unless they’re the hammer to the nail you see everywhere.
Yeah, this is just an Arizonian yelling at John McCain at a rally and thus hardly the paragon of reasoned debate. Still, immigration reform failed in 2007 thanks to this base, and gun control has been effectively destroyed in the past twenty years thanks to this base. “Guns solve illegal immigration” is the exact type of thinking that’s keeping us from solving either problem, so it seems worth refuting anyway.