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When criminals want it, don't they always get it? When something desired is outlawed, doesn't this end up putting criminals in business--and usually BIG business where they make fantastic amounts of money?
AquarianMime AquarianMime 56-60, M 6 Answers Dec 18, 2012 in Community

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how about anti-trust laws

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Laws regarding large entities and laws that apply to law-abiding companies and citizens have generally been effective. Laws that try to keep something out of the hands of criminals--when criminals really want it--have nearly always failed and have nearly always ended up empowering criminals by putting them in business and rewarding them handsomely.

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i would hardly qualify the trusts of old as "law-abiding"

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I made a distinction between law-abiding and large entities (which are not necessarily law abiding but are relatively easy targets of the law). What is not an easy target is the small-time criminal willing to make, transport, and sell illegal weapons, drugs, and whatever else.

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but thats what the local governments are for , are they not? you should not disregard their heroric efforts, as you have demonstrated with your question

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NOTHING at all.

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Big Gulp Sodas..only in New York, though. Damn good job, guys. Damn good.

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But it doesn't stop people from drinking too much soda anyway. It may be a start. Always, always, always, it comes back to educating and raising the consciousness of the population. Outlawing what the people desire has never worked. Outlawing what the criminals desire ESPECIALLY doesn't work.

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You're right. It's an idiotic decision. Education is better than taking things away. Then if people still want to mess their body up by drinking big gulps every day, well, whatever..

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Gold over a certain weight

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Sorry. Not true.

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Absolutely is and has been illegal and effectively enforced since th 1940's.

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Are you saying you know for a fact that no criminal has ever gotten away with hoarding gold?

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In 70 years I'm sure someone has, but the relative level of enforcement is probably the only example I can come up with. Pretty small success rate, I'd say.

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To the extent the law has been successful, it has been dependent upon there not being a large demand for a gold trade. You can't sell large quantities on any street corner if you know what I mean. Guns on the other hand are another matter. If you make guns illegal, the demand and the price for them will escalate, and this will only empower criminals.

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No doubt about it. They're flying off the shelves. I have to admit that I don't know why smith and wesson stock is actually dropping.

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Because the long-term profitability of this company as a legal entity is in question. Legal gunmakers will see profits drop while criminals will capitalize.

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Makes sense. I would have expected a short term spike though.

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