If We Talked About Cars the Way We Talk About Guns

By Rob Morse : Gun Rights News

More people die each year in car accidents than in gun accidents.
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Louisiana – -(Ammoland.com)-  We’ve lived with guns for several centuries.  Despite those years of cultural and personal familiarity, some people talk about guns as if they had been invented yesterday.

I’m going to try and shift the discussion about guns so we can hear this stale bigotry with fresh ears.  More people die each year in car accidents than in gun accidents.

 How do these anti-gun arguments sound to you when we substitute word for word?

  • Cars are not the answer.  Good people leave the driving to the the government.
  • We’re not against car ownership.  We simply want you to get proper training before you’re allowed to drive..and we don’t want any driving schools in your state.
  • Only criminals and the police drive fast cars.  Why do you need to go that fast?  Are you some sort of escaped criminal?
  • You know you’re more likely to have an accident if you have a car at home.
  • Only the police and bus drivers have enough training to drive.  That’s why you should leave the driving to them..or walk.
  • Given how dangerous cars are, we think it is inappropriate for teachers to have personal cars at school.
  • Just say no to car and motorcycle violence.
  • Why do you need a car?  Can’t you wait and take public transportation like everyone else?
  • We need to start training children early, so ban toy cars and toy motorcycles.
  • We’ve evolved past the need for personal transportation.
  • We don’t think you should have a car, but if you do, why would your family need more that one.  No one needs a fleet of dangerous cars!  (Does that argument sound familiar?)
  • Are you crazy?  You know that cars don’t belong on a university campus.  Campus is a place for education, not for car racing.
  • Cars don’t belong at church.  Cars disturb our spiritual tranquility.
  • You’re so insensitive.  You should know that cars don’t belong at a hospital.  Some of the people in the hospital are there because of car crashes.
  • You only have a car for an emergency.  You haven’t used it, so that is proof no one really needs a car.
  • Only the army or police need a car or truck that holds more than five gallons of fuel.  High capacity cars should be outlawed.  It is worth it if it saves one life.
  • It is disrespectful of you to have your own car.  Don’t you trust the bus company to get you where you need to go?
  • Of course the President of the United States has a motorcade.  That is no reason for you to have a car.  Just who do you think you are?
  • Car owners are insecure and trying to make up for some personal inadequacy.
  • We’re not against cars.  We’re only a car-safety organization and we want a few commonsense car-safety regulations.
  • Other states shouldn’t have to honor your driver’s license. Each state should be able to decide who may and may not drive there.

These sentiments are both shocking and shockingly familiar.  This sounds like the sort of things we might have heard a hundred years ago when cars replaced horses.  Today, it is the everyday bigotry directed against gun owners.

I don’t believe in voodoo and magical objects.  Guns are lumps of metal and plastic.  They are neither good nor bad.  They don’t have magic powers.  We were supposed to get past that mystical view of the world when we were about 16 years old.  Most of us have.  Clearly, some of us haven’t.

P.S. If you think I want to regulate cars, then your sense of humor is broken.


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I wrote about cars and guns before.

The original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

  • 21 thoughts on “If We Talked About Cars the Way We Talk About Guns

    1. Here, Here!! Ozark Muleskinner hit the nail on the head! What makes the Hollywood “make believe” people such experts on politics any way??! Just because they’re over payed doesn’t mean they know any more than the rest of us yet they know they can influence a number of weak minded followers of theirs so they run their mouths. Look at the Johnny Depp incident yesterday. Thank you Ozark Muleskinner for telling it like it is.

    2. To understand the Democrats / Liberals / Progressives mindset and real plan for the U.S., simply change the subject line to any thing and it is self-explanatory. Instead of the car, put in a computer or the internet. Try a radio or magazine of your choice. You can see that the new world order mindset of only those of us properly indoctrinated in NWO thinking will be able to tell you what to and how to live. Just give up your means of resistance and your lives will be wonderful. Never mind every thing including thought will be controlled and only New world order thought will be allowed.

    3. Further:
      Everyone knows that drivers don’t kill people, cars do. Therefore, in the interest of public safety, we should make a “car free zone” any place on the roads where a lawless car may be used to kill someone.

    4. Maybe I shouldn’t bring this up as the ‘carophobes’ might use this line of logic to add fuel to their cause, but – in spite of all of the laws, rules, and regulations governing the ownership and use of motor vehicles, they are STILL one of the most stolen (and sometimes never recovered) objects in existence. I won’t even get into the insurance game…………;-(

    5. My Dad got his first gun, a .22 rifle, at about six, all the boys and some of their sisters brought their guns to school every day….. cheap entertainment at lunch time, and often as not, some extra free meat for the family dinner table on the way home. Then, he got his driving license on his 12th birthday. His Dad took him down to the COunty Clerk’s office and said My boy here is twelve today, so we’d like to get his driving license” She shoved a small blank form across the desk, they put in the information (name, date of birth, where they lived (don’t think they had a real address like today), and the date for that day. Dad signed it. They haded it back with twenty five cents, she stamped it and gave it back to Dad. He was then legal to drive. No birth certificate (I’ve seen the house in which he was born, no doctor was there, Grandma delivered too quickly to summon him in time).

      Guess what? Dad drove well over two million miles in his life, and only had one accident… a minor fender bender when he was in his eighties. He parked the pickup after that, realising he was no longer competent to drive. Nor has he ever hurt anyone with any of the guns he ever owned. Now, the deer, squirrel, rabits, coyotes, rettlers, etc, now THEY are a different story.

      1. @Tio N, That was an America when people had to think and grow-up. Now, no one thinks, anymore. They act on their feelings. When was the last time that you heard someone ask, ” What do you think about that?” Nor does anyone grow-up, anymore (e.g. Hollywood stars, soccer moms, politicians and people in the city). And finally, that was a time before lawyers changed everything.

    6. I reposted on Facebook, mainly because I have several friends & family that just don’t “get it” when it comes to gun ownership. Although, I know it will probably fall on deaf ears, I’m hoping to spark a debate…cause I love to argue. Lol

      1. Some wimps can settle for the Hellcat, at 707 horsepower. The REAL rad guys want the Demon, with 840 horsepoower….. which is roughly twice the horsepower the larger highway trucks have up front!!!!

        I’m fine with my 20 year old Ford One Ton Van. But I catch flak from some who pester me with “why do you NEED such a HUGE car when you’re all by yourself”.

        All the better to carry stuff in, my Dear. ……..

    7. The Looney Left will not be amused. They probably will feel threatened and demand their save space. But more truthfully, the people who really need to understand the idiocy of the anti-gun arguments will never read this article.

      1. You left out the Retarded Right. SOME conservatives and conservative politicians hate guns and the second amendment as much as SOME liberals and liberal politicians. Unsurprisingly cowardly and naïve snowflake conservatives blame all anti-Second Amendment activity on liberals. Pull your head out of your backside and take a real look around you. If you troubled yourself at all you could find almost as many conservatives and conservative politicians who are anti-Second Amendment as you can find the liberals. Blaming all of the anti-gun ownership problems on liberals makes about as much sense as saying all trees are pines.
        Are you seriously gonna try and tell me that every republican/conservative is pro-Second Amendment pro gun ownership ? Not even remotely close to true.

        1. @JJ, It depends upon what you believe. If it were true that, “… you could find almost as many conservatives and conservative politicians who are anti-Second Amendment as you can find the liberals.”, then the Anti-Second Amendment Civil Rights politicians would be a majority. The numbers don’t add up.

    8. Unfortunately, the points you listed are not that different from those being espoused by proponents of self-driving vehicles. As with guns and Obamacare, it’s all about control and the elites who truly believe they know more than everyone else. Tyranny and rust never sleep!

    9. Finally! Someone shows just how inane and lunatic the left sounds when it comes to guns.

      1. Luntic left? Retarded right, ridiculous right, rabid right. See asshole, people can make just as much fun of you poor, pitiful snowflake conservatives. Have you honestly listened to the babbling bimbo Sarah Palin? Now there is someone who makes a lot of sense every time she opens her stupid mouth. And what about Donnie Boy small hands smaller brain smaller penis Trump, and his incomprehensible word salad. That moron couldn’t utter an intelligent sentence if his brainless life depended on it. I’m sure glad all you people on the right got all the brains, too bad there cow brains instead of human.

        1. Typical leftist drivel: lots of invective and personal insults but no facts or examples to back up the steady stream of vile speech. Is Trump, or Palin, the most accomplished speaker? Hell no, but they make more common sense in one of their utterances than all the Antifa, BLM, Occupy Wall Street, Madonna-type fools combined. I’ll take common sense any day over empty, meaningless “Red Line” drivel like we had with the prior administration.

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