Both Cars and Guns Are Dangerous. Regulate Both!

I own cars, and I own some guns.

In every country I know of, you must register your car, prove that you know how to drive safely, and even have insurance. Why not for guns as well?

According to the CDC, the number of gun deaths is almost exactly equal to the number of car deaths: 33,594 versus 33,736.

Cars are pretty much essential for survival today. Guns in private hands? Not so much. Sure, hunting deer and target shooting are fun, and challenging, but I don’t NEED to eat venison or rabbit or squirrel. We are way beyond the point where private ownership of guns with large magazines, bump stocks, or armor-piercing bullets make any sense at all.

Handguns don’t make families safer, but rather the exact opposite. If students walk out en masse on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine massacre, I will support them any way I can.

Here is a great graphic:

Published in: on February 18, 2018 at 10:08 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. And if you want to keep driving your car legally, you have to pay for those annual tags that you peel and stick on your metal license plate — at least in California we do and the cost of that annual tag is linked to the value of the vehicle.

    How many firearms would someone own if they had to pay an annual license fee based on the value of each firearm?


  2. All but one of our family rifles & shotguns are cheap, old generics (Sears, Montgomery ward) that probably cost under $50 each at the time they were first purchased. It did annoy me that renewing the registration in DC cost a large fraction of that price every year or two. So if the fee was some percentage of the current value it would be fairer, I guess. Probably factor in the lethality. A single shot .22 rifle or a .22/.410 over-under.rifle/shotgun is not very lethal, especially compared with an AK-47 or an AR-15.


  3. I grew up in the country where a few long guns in the corner of the porch was not unusual. I think we usually had a .22 single shot, a .22/.410 over-under., and a 12 gauge there. Ammunition was kept on the window sill. One never had a loaded gun in the house.

    However, I have lived most of my life in cities and cannot imagine why I would want a gun (I am not an avid hunter) I cannot visualize why someone would want an AK-47.

    An AK-47 is not even aesthetically pleasing. At least our .22 and the old Lee-Enfield had some value as a piece of art.


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