Democratic Washington state legislators have introduced a bill to ban “Assault Weapons” and “High Capacity” magazines (HB2354). The “Assault Weapon” definition is quite broad; it doesn’t exclude .22LR firearms. As per usual, LEO and government officials are exempt. It’s currently sitting in the Judiciary committee. TTAG reader MB sent us the heads-up and the following alcohol-infused analogy . . .
Stop Drunk Driving!
This is my common sense, and reasonable, solution to reducing deaths from drunk driving. Deaths from drunk driving kill and destroy thousands of families each year, and are completely preventable. No longer can we stand by and allow our children to be put in harm’s way by a drunk driver.
Therefore, my proposed solution is reasonable, easy to implement, and keeps our children safe.
To begin with, we need to ban vodka. This drink is dangerously potent, at 80 proof, and is highly popular in bars and clubs because of its ability to be added to nearly any drink. Colorless, vodka can also be used to trick people, as alcoholics use vodka instead of water. You can see this at any number of public and kid-friendly sporting events. This is dangerous, as these drinkers will then drive home, endangering other drivers.
By removing this highly-potent alcohol from the shelves of bars and restaurants, we’ll make the roads safer for our children.
In addition to banning vodka, I propose that we eliminate large glasses from bars and other establishments that serve alcoholic beverages. Large volume glasses only allow drinkers to get drunk quickly. There is no need for 16oz, 22oz, or even 32oz glasses. If I can enjoy my wine in a 4oz pour, then 4oz is good enough for anyone.
The only people who should have access to these sizes of glasses should be food critics, as they require the beverages to last the entire course of the meal they are reviewing. Festivals, sporting events, bars, and private brewhouses have no need for such large glasses that only serve to make people drunk.
Clearly these two proposals can be accepted by any reasonable person with common sense. Please remember that drunk driving kills our children every year. It’s completely preventable, and easily done if these solutions are enacted.