If you’re sick of hearing about guns, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I
am, too. I’m sick of hearing about guns and gun-related violence.
I’m not going to mention the latest incident, because it doesn’t
matter. I’m going to make this as generic as possible, so it can apply
anytime there’s another shooting.
Which there no doubt will be, because Americans seem
completely unwilling to do anything but shrug their shoulders and
say “Well, there’s nothing we can do about it!” Except in every other
country, they have done something about it, clearly, because the
United States is the only developed nation where this happens with
this level of frequency.
And, of course, every pro-gun person has the same arguments,
the exact same similes, metaphors and analogies. Tucker Carlson,
Fox News correspondent who has also worked for CNN, trotted
this old gem out in October 4
, 2015: “When you have a drunk
driving accident, you don’t ban cars, you try to prevent drunk
people from driving them.”
And yet, whenever someone brings up the issue of gun regulation
and control, not banning guns, people still scream about their rights.
Let’s use the famous drunk driving analogy. You’re right, you
don’t ban cars. But think about how much it takes to legally drive a
car. You have to get a license. In order to do so, you have to prove to
someone not just that you’re old enough to drive, but that you’re
capable. Depending on where you live, this can be a pretty long
process. You have to get your learner’s permit, then you have to
drive with someone in the passenger seat for a length of time. Then,
finally, you have to demonstrate to the government that you can
drive by passing a test. This process takes months, in some cases
years, before you can operate a motor vehicle for yourself. During
this time, you certainly can’t purchase a car, I mean, you could, but
you can’t drive it on your own.
All of these are regulations, some sort of attempt to create safer
drivers. The old system wasn’t nearly as well-regulated, and it
shows in the number of automobile-related deaths per capita there
were years ago. And, funny enough, no American screams ‘My
freedom is being taken away!’ when a new legislation is introduced
Why? Because, the right to drive isn’t in the American
Constitution. The right to own guns is. Except, most people who
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