The anti-gun crowd can come up with some amazing (and creative) arguments why no one should be allowed to own firearms, in spite of what the Constitution says. But what if the same arguments were applied to other “dangerous” things? For example . . .
Cars are nothing more than instruments of death. Statistics prove that households with cars are much more likely to have a car-related fatality than households without cars. Every year thousands of people, including many innocent children, are killed by cars. And the cars don’t even have to have be running – every summer we hear of children who are killed when they play in cars and accidently lock themselves inside. Obviously there’s no such thing as a “safe” car.
Not only that, but practically every crime involves cars helping criminals escape and evade law enforcement. Some even injure or kill law enforcement officers as they do their job. Cars let gangs invade each other’s turf, kicking off gang wars. The only logical solution to this problem is to limit car usage to law enforcement agencies and the military. Once this is done, the streets will once again be safe for citizens.
Cars are also responsible for the needless and violent death of millions of small animals every year. Trillions of insects meet their demise because of cars. This wanton destruction of nature can only be stopped by outlawing the use of cars.
The “car enthusiasts” (as they call themselves) like to boast that cars give you freedom and there are benefits to be gained from car ownership. However, as you can see from above, nothing good can come from them. One death because of a car is too many. Even with state-sponsored training, registration and licensing of car operators, there’s no way to control the destruction brought to our society by these machines. The only possible way to end this carnage is by effectively outlawing the ownership and use of cars by the citizenry.
And let’s not overlook another common source of bloodshed:
Many states currently ban the ownership of switchblade, lockback and butterfly knives. And it’s illegal to carry knives with blades above certain lengths (see your local laws for specifics). However, this is not enough. Knife ownership is getting out of control. Practically every household in the US owns multiple knives. And they are all deadly weapons in the wrong hands.
Hardly a day goes by that you don’t read of someone getting stabbed. What isn’t reported are the hundreds of thousands who risk mutilation on a daily basis from using knives irresponsibly in the presence of small children. And before you counter with “children can be taught to respect knives,” small children are naturally curious. All you have to do is turn your back on them for a moment and they can have a knife out of the drawer and be playing with it. And then how will you explain that to a distraught mother or father or grandparent? “An accident?” Hardly. Irresponsibility is more like it!
It’s not just children for whom knives pose a threat. Adults also suffer needless injuries at their own hands or the hands of others because of the ready availability of knives (see: John Bobbitt).
While there are those who may argue that knives are safe in the right hands, statistics would prove differently. The CDC reported over two million injuries involving getting cut in 2008; the majority of these involved one type of knife or another. The only way to prevent these injuries is to ban all forms of knives in the US.
“OK,” you’re probably thinking. “That’s carrying things to an extreme.” You’re right. I am. To the same extreme that the anti-gun crowd does in trying to make their points. For every argument they make about guns and gun ownership, I can make a similar argument against a dozen other items. And they would all be about as lame as the average anti-gun extremist’s arguments.