Gun Control Laws: If Harry Potter Met Modern US Politics

Gun Control Laws: If Harry Potter Met Modern US Politics

COMMENTARY | The wizarding school of Hogwarts has been shocked this past year with a string of student violence. For the first time in Hogwarts history, the number of deaths caused by student magic has surpassed those caused by the whomping willow. Wizarding duels and patronuses have littered the hallways, with some in the Ministry of Magic debating whether students should be stripped of their wands.

Moderates point out that Unforgivable Curses have been outlawed since 1717 and that the usage of Avada Kedavra is already regulated enough by the Ministry of Magic. Proponents of banning all types of potentially harmful magic claim that even a student’s wands should be taken away.

Minister Diannitty P. Frankenstein says all wands should be banned:

“I believe that students at Hogwarts should learn to suffice with magical theory since they’re clearly not responsible enough to own wands. If I could have gotten a majority vote in the Ministry of Magic for an outright wand ban, picking up every one of them . . . wizards and witches, turn ‘em all in, I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren’t here.”

Ms. Frankenstein declined to comment when asked about the right to carry wands that witches and wizards have enjoyed for millennia. After all, some critics point out that, since wand ownership was just as high in the past without so many student deaths, a change in wizarding society must be at fault. These pro-wand advocates say that stripping people of their right to own wands would not solve the problem.

The Prime Minister of the Muggle Community of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland also would not officially comment, saying only that “he did not like meddling in the affairs of wizards and witches.” But sources say that private conversations put the Prime Minister in a different light:

“But you’re wizards! You can do magic! Surely you can sort out – well – anything!”

This just confirms the wizarding world’s impression that muggles are useless and should be ignored as usual practice.