I heard that “guns are not the problem”.
I wonder if “cars are not the problem” is equally true.
Let’s see …
To get a driving licence requires training and a test of both the theory and practical. Whilst training as a pre-qualified driver the driver must have a licence, insurance, and be driving a roadworthy vehicle. An “L” plate must be visible with a qualified driver alongside at all times.
Once qualified the insurance is sky-high because stats say inexperienced drivers will make claims on their insurance and/or be the cause of claims.
There are penalties for driving without the appropriate licence, insurance and certificate of vehicle worthiness. There are laws that impose speed restrictions with fines and penalties for ignoring those laws. There are laws about “driving under the influence” of drink and drugs. There are laws about the quality of a driver’s eyesight. And all carry penalties for infringing those laws. Those penalties not only result in financial recompense – but also the loss of personal liberty – often losing the ability to carry on one’s livelihood – and sometimes losing “everything”.
And always carries a public stigma of irresponsible behaviour.
All because the accidental killing or injuring someone with a vehicle is calculated to be a high-risk.
Now tell me again how “guns are not the problem” …