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Assault Vehicles

This may be the dumbest thing I’ve read in a while. He is right that cars don’t kill people. I would love to treat guns just like cars. If so, then I could:

I could buy any gun I wanted without any paperwork and make any modifications that I wanted so long as I used it only on my property. Machine guns included.

I would be licensed in my state to carry my gun. Then, that license would be valid in all other states and on all public thoroughfares.

Shooters education required in school.

A muffler would be required by law for my firearm so as not to create a nuisance.

The analogy fails on many levels. This, however, is a more appropriate analogy.

Update: In comments, I’m reminded of this piece by Dave Kopel on comparing car ownership to gun ownership.

7 Responses to “Assault Vehicles”

  1. Kevin P. Says:

    The best recourse to this kind of nonsense comparison is to point the author to Dave Kopel’s old but still good analysis:

    Taking It to the Streets: Why treating guns like cars might not be such a bad idea.
    http://reason.com/archives/1999/11/01/taking-it-to-the-streets

  2. Divemedic Says:

    Remember that a license is not required to BUY a motor vehicle, only to operate one on city streets. If we were to treat cars like guns, I could own whatever guns I want, I just could not carry them on city streets without a license. We could even name this license. Call it a carry permit.

  3. Gunmart Says:

    Hmmm… guns = cars you say???

    There is a Dick Cheney/Ted Kennedy joke in there somewhere. šŸ˜€

  4. Heather Says:

    They don’t teach drivers ed in school anymore. ‘leastwise, not anywhere I’ve taught.

  5. Sigivald Says:

    Driver’s ed isn’t required. Hasn’t been for ages, at least around here. (Some places don’t even offer it, IIRC.)

  6. the pistolero Says:

    There’s also this, from LawDog:

    http://thelawdogfiles.blogspot.com/2007/04/we-license-cars-yackyackyack.html

  7. Murdoc Says:

    I LOVE having the “guns should be regulated like cars” discussion with antis. It makes life worth living.

    However, I don’t think the muffler idea has ever occurred to me. I’ll make a note. Thanks.