Rational look at guns

A young man driving home at night is struggling to keep his vehicle on the road due to excessive alcohol consumption. He is also distracted by the loud radio and scans the channels for a better song, glancing down at the radio for only a few moments. He never even saw her; he simply heard that dreaded thump-thump. As his car screeched to a stop, his most feared assumptions were realized. There lay a young woman, motionless.

This type of story is all too common. There is no justice to be served, as a man’s life behind bars cannot put a person’s loved ones back on earth. A young woman’s life has ended, and a young man’s life has been forever unraveled. A jury will certainly find him guilty.

But a strange thing has occurred. Nobody — no jury member, not the judge himself, nor anyone reading this — would suggest that we should ban vehicles. Why would we penalize law-abiding citizens by banning their vehicles when a select few choose to behave recklessly with theirs? Seems rational, right? Then consider this same principle while contemplating upcoming gun laws. Be rational.

A side note: There are over 40,000 U.S. vehicle fatalities, and 11,078 U.S. firearm-related homicides annually.

Paul Blazek

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