On Wednesday’s “Special Report,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer acknowledged a link between gun ownership and gun violence, but said Americans would revolt if Congress implemented sweeping, unprecedented gun control legislation.
“I think we are going to end up exactly where we started,” Krauthammer said. “We’re probably going to try an assault weapons ban. It will be a little bit tighter, but it didn’t work. It lasted for 10 years … If we had honest debate, the gun owners would admit, ‘Yes of course, guns contribute to homicide.’ … Japan had 11 gun homicides last year. That is a weekend in Chicago.”
The U.S. Constitution precludes aggressive gun control laws like those in Britain or Australia, Krauthammer said. (RELATED VIDEO: Pat Buchanan warns of revolution if government attempts to ban and confiscate firearms)
“We have a 200-year history and culture of gun ownership,” he continued. “We have a Second Amendment. … So unless you are willing to confiscate [guns] — which would be unconstitutional, and would cause insurrection in the country, [as] Australia did — these things will not have an effect, except at the margins. That is the tragedy here.”