Guns vs Cars, Seductive But Wrong

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PHOENIX, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- Comparing guns to cars is a common and seductive but subtle error of logic.

If it makes sense to license drivers and register cars, then it would make sense to license pilots and register airplanes. And we do. That’s parallel logic.

However, if it makes sense to license gun owners and register guns, then it would make sense to license writers and register printing presses. That would be parallel logic too. But we don’t do that, because that doesn’t make sense.

That’s because those are rights, and government has no legitimate power to license your rights.

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So, why would an honest writer object to having a license? Most reporters I know can’t answer that question, which explains why so many support “universal registration” — they understand the issue very poorly. I’ll answer it for you.

If you must pass a government test, pay a tax called a “fee,” get fingerprinted, photographed, listed in the criminal database and carry around your card with an expiration date to publish an article, or else go to prison, that’s flat out wrong. Licensing and registering freedom is tyrannical, assaults the innocent and serves no legitimate purpose in America. That’s why.

There’s also the small point that writing down your name, or my name, in an FBI file somewhere, when we buy a firearm (or write an essay) lacks a crime-fighting component, and in fact focuses in the opposite direction.

It allocates scarce resources to track the innocent, instead of going after criminals. It’s a bad policy choice if nothing else. And there’s plenty else.

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Tred
Tred
8 years ago

@writer: You have NO Right to wear clothes, but you do to posses a gun, so YES clothes could be more easily “registered” oh wait in a way they are already, as it is against the law to leave your home without them.

Now that is something to consider, a law that says you need to have your gun on you when you leave your home. I would agree that that is reasonable regulation.

Writer
Writer
8 years ago

Murphy, I’m not sure I understand your point.

I also checked the Constitution, and wearing clothes was not listed as an unalienable right. So it makes sense to register clothes?

D. Murphy
D. Murphy
8 years ago

I read the Constitution, and could not find the phase “The right of the people to own and drive cars shall not be infinged”. Owning a car is privalige, not a right. Registration will lead to user fees (TAXES for the low information voter)which will continue to go up as the governement is broke. Eventually the fees will become so expensive that certain classes of firearems will be legislated out of exisitance. Remember the power to tax is the power to destroy. Fees and taxes will be used to dictate behavior. A right cannot and must not have a fee… Read more »