August 8, 2012- 2012 will go down in history as the Summer of Violence, especially in our large cities. The urban violence and recent mass murders in Colorado and Wisconsin have the gun control advocates generating headlines and fund raising missives. It is always about the money.
Anti-gun advocates are demanding responsible common sense gun control, whatever that is. Their real goal is the eventual banning of all firearms. Typical of their political ilk, they blame inanimate objects for violence instead of people.
Their logic is simple. Since society cannot control human nature, the few dangerous people running around, and just plain irresponsible people, inanimate objects that can possibly endanger and kill people should be banned. Everyone must be punished for the actions of a few and for the better good of all.
I am on fully and totally on board with this. The vast majority of the population must be protected from a few evil or irresponsible people. Here is a list of inanimate objects that should be banned for the common good, to save lives, and of course for the safety of the ubiquitous children:
Motor vehicles kill more people, especially children, every year than guns and wars. We should ban all motor vehicles since we cannot guarantee every driver will not kill someone, whether drunk or sober. People can walk or take buses. This will also have a positive effect on personal health and the environment.
Trains, public transportation and railroads, are used by many people to commit suicide. They throw themselves on the tracks in front of moving trains. All trains should be banned. If one person can be saved from suicide by banning all trains the effort will be well worth it. Planes, trucks, and buses can replace trains to transport people, goods, and raw materials.
Knives are used in many homicides, suicides, and crimes. People also suffer major self-inflicted injuries while handling knives. To protect the public and save lives all knives for personal use should be banned. Industries relying on knives should be forced to register each and every knife they purchase.
Drowning in residential swimming pools kills children every year. In order to protect “the children” no residential property should be allowed to have any sized pool, even wading pools. Banning all private swimming pools will save children’s lives.