Failed Gun Control Lessons From the Firearms Black Market

Opinion by Alan J Chwick & Joanne D Eisen

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Failed Gun Control Lessons From the Firearms Black Market

USA – -( While our country has been trapped in a political-election-nightmare, one thing has remained the same, Democrats want more gun-control laws. And Republicans will eventually, reluctantly, cave to the hysterical demand to “do something.”

Anne Stave, a reporter with the Columbus Dispatch, reminded her readers of the anniversary of the mass murder outside the Ned Pepper’s Bar in Dayton. In August of 2019, an assailant murdered 9 people and wounded 27 people in 32 seconds. In August of 2020, she complained, “Ohio laws haven’t changed a bit.”

Sheila Blanchard, the aunt of a victim, explains the “do something” side of America’s gun debate. She said, “Sometimes I don’t understand why they can’t feel the pain we feel, because if they did – just for 60 seconds – there wouldn’t be any gun safety bills dying on their desks while people continue to die in the streets.”

Under the pressure of these unbearable losses, Ohio Governor Mike De Wine (R), said, “We owe it to the victims. We owe it to the families and to all Ohioans to finish the job and get this done.”

Gun owners are not unfeeling of the ‘pain’ that victims’ families feel, as many have also felt pain. They do accept the implication that we must ‘do something, do anything,’ though we do know that most laws, and such, will be ineffective. We grit our teeth and accept a new law or rule that throws us farther down that slippery slope, to a disarmed society. And the gun controllers cheer their little victory.

Gun owners MUST change the fraudulent assumptions that help to create the ineffectual laws that are installed. We must change the attitudes and perceptions of non-gun owners, and many gun owners too, to show the illogical use of restrictive gun laws and the reasons for their failures.

It is these restrictive laws that help create the Black Market in firearms and weapons, which in-turn, causes failure in the laws.

The Black Market is ubiquitous. It will always serve people who want restricted goods or services. And when firearms are restricted, people want them, both non-criminal and criminal.
Each little law contributes to the strength of the Black Market. Slowly but surely, these laws reduce our ability to legally defend ourselves and our families.

We all know of the existence of the market. Government knows. The media knows. People living in inner cities, or homeless people living under bridges know. We all know!
An excellent example of the type of laws that can, and do, feed the Black Market is New York State’s Sullivan Law (Now known as NYS Penal Law 400).

In 1911, New York State passed the Sullivan Act, which created a situation that made weapons practically illegal to own or to carry. And in 1993, the New York City Police Department estimated that “as many as 2 million illegal guns were in circulation in NYC in 1993.”

That means that a mere 82 years after the passage of a very restrictive law, 2 million guns magically appeared! Many of those are in the Black Market, while many are just sitting in citizens’ closets and attics. In 1993, the population of NYC was about7.3 million people. That’s almost one gun per every four New York City residents.

There is always a supply to meet demand. Researchers who study the diversion of weapons into the Black Market find that all their smart answers to the supply problems are false. Brian Wood recently complained about diversion into the Black Market;

“The diversion of international transfers of conventional arms and related weapons is a complex phenomenon and its repeated occurrence poses a significant threat…”

And so it goes. If we accept restrictive laws we accept black-market success.

It’s important to understand that restrictive laws cannot lead us to a peaceful culture, because mere laws can be easily subverted. And, Evil Exists in this world and laws cannot change that. It then follows logically that restrictive laws are unnecessary, foolish, and sometimes deadly.

So what is the reason for restrictive firearms laws in the US? Why bother with them in a free and honest country? There should be none, or very few, such laws.

The answer is simple. It is easier to control the masses if they are disarmed. And that is what our Democrat-Communist friends want.

In this time of political disruption, we must acknowledge the possibility that the Second Amendment might be written out of existence, or judicially muzzled until it has no effective reality.
Possibility becomes a likelihood if we peer into the future to a time when Democrats regain control of our country and gather the reins of power. Unless something changes, that time will surely come.

Even if the democrat party splits or changes names, the folks we see wearing black and wielding bats in the streets of our nation’s towns and cities will remain for decades. These folks told us that they want gun owners disarmed, and they are a significant and politically active, segment of our population.

In order to have any chance at lasting success in maintaining the Second Amendment, gun owners must be more unified in their understanding of the failure of past laws, and we must shout it loud and clear, even to ourselves.

An example of why we MUST also shout it to ourselves, is people like Asya Branch, the 2020 Miss America from Mississippi. In Asya’s own words, “I think it’s important that we not ban guns because, obviously, people will find a way to get what they want anyway … But I think it’s our Second Amendment right, and I think we just need more safety surrounding that.” But later, when questioned, she “told Insider that she doesn’t believe Americans should be allowed to purchase every type of gun … There’s no reason for civilians to have those types of weapons.” She believes that restrictive laws are reasonable, while at the same time, “that we not ban guns.” Her ignorance is our fault. How many of our friends, our neighbors, our family members are still ignorant of best gun policy for our society?

To understand the Black Market is to understand the futility of gun laws that seem to encourage black market activity, even when these laws do not affect us directly.
Democrats and gun phobes would need to find a different reason for their laws, other than the false promise of safety. If they did, maybe then we could begin to have the honest political discussion our country deserves.

Self-defense is the overwhelming reason for weapons acquisition, and our enemies have made it clear that we can expect sudden, sporadic, senseless attacks from them. It’s all about the will to survive. That’s human nature. That’s why many citizens are willing to endure the difficulties of the Black Market.

Gun laws really don’t work! The Black Market will always trump restrictive laws.


About The Authors

Alan J Chwick has been involved with firearms much of his life and is the Retired Managing Coach of the Freeport NY Junior Marksmanship Club. He has escaped from New York State to South Carolina and is an SC FFL ( [email protected] | TWITTER: @iNCNF

Joanne D Eisen, DDS (Ret.) practiced dentistry on Long Island, NY. She has collaborated and written on firearm politics for the past 30+ years. She has also escaped New York State, but to Virginia. [email protected]

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For 30 years as a Phoenix cop I worked the streets in the inner city, housing project and gang squad. Not once did I ever run into a person who was concerned about the “ramifications” of having a gun and using it. Whether it was for protection or to use against someone in committing a crime. In the mid-80’s while working gangs, the Federal gov’t had a program “trigger lock” which charged criminals merely possessing a gun when involved in a crime. The criminals would get mandatory federal time just for the possession of a gun when involved in another… Read more »


Thanks for sharing your experience. What you described is at the very center of the whole mess. No politician has the courage to speak up about the dysfunctional micro-culture in high crime neighborhoods. Instead, they use the resulting crime to justify what they really want – a disarmed America.


If we hand in our guns to the government either piecemeal or all at once what is going to protect us from the government???


What are you worried about? Nothing bad happed in China or Russia by banning guns. Only the millions of anti communists got killed.

Ryben Flynn

They still don’t understand it is the PERSON pulling the trigger, not the gun itself. They never seem to call to “do something” about knives or other instruments of death.

Last edited 3 years ago by Ryben Flynn
Mystic Wolf

Think about this one, back in 1993 the hitlery clintoonish said on the larry King show that she personally saw a gun get up walk across a room and fire itself off a number of times. The satan worshipping DEMONcrats will say and do anything to take our guns from us, they have said so thousands of times, they think that gun laws like they have in the UK or in Australia are the way to go, thT kamawhamadingdong tried to say that violent crimes are almost at zero because of the laws, when the opposite is true. Gun laws… Read more »


Republican politicians advance Totalitarian agenda points to get elected. They want to get elected for power, money, sex, and other reasons.

They get elected because Americans vote for them because Americans want the government to fix their problems.

Their policies related to gun control can only be implemented because there are armed government employees willing to do so. Some eagerly and some somewhat reluctantly.

Mystic Wolf

It is the DEMONcrats that have and are pushing all the gun control in this country, and it is the DEMONcrats that are pushing a socialistic or communistic type agenda, the DEMONcrats are not for the people, if you think that who is wanting to raise taxes to the 70% level on many people, that’s right the dems. The dems hate it when people do very well. The dems are always for super high taxes that help no one. Learn a bit about economics 101 when taxes are very high businesses have to cut the labor force way down they… Read more »


I have a good education in economics, the tax code, and finance. I would like to see much lower taxes, a much simpler tax code, much less forced wealth redistribution, many fewer government regulations, a smaller & less expensive government, and much less gun control. Very few Republican politicians work towards those goals. When Republican politicians are in the minority they claim you have to vote for them to prevent the things you describe. When they are in the majority, they do very little. Republican politicians want to get elected and they go to great lengths to convince you they… Read more »


I agree with everything you wrote – and all of those polices are bad.


I’m agreeing with him about the democrat/socialist agenda. And I’m stating that agenda is bad. You know that, right? Just clarifying.


A politician with a law never stops a bad guy with a gun. He only controls the good guys, which is his true agenda. There should be a “paper and ink” background check for politicians They do more collective harm to America through their laws than all the bad guys with guns combined. A bad guy with a gun can be stopped decisively by a good guy with a gun. Sadly, politicians not as much…..yet. Our Founding Fathers would already have been finished shooting a second time. They are ashamed of what we have allowed to happen to the Republic which… Read more »

Last edited 3 years ago by StLPro2A

Politicians only intent is to control good guys. That is the entire point of gun control (well, for some it’s just a cynical way to get elected by appealing to those white, suburban women who think the role of government is to protect their children).


If the Democrats could fulfill their dreams and confiscate all legally owned firearms then instead of the cartels getting 11% of their guns from the U.S (GAO Firearms Trafficking Report d09709 but you have to do your own math or believe it’s 84%) criminals will simply import REAL “military grade” arms from across the border.