- Politics and Social Issues
Death by guns vs death by cars
Cars vs guns
Why regulate one more harshly than the other?
There is such a divide between those who believe that we all have the right to purchase and possess firearms and those who believe that no-one needs firearms except the military and police, they believe that firearms are weapons and no civilian should own them.
In Canada there is a devout anti gun person who believes that firearms are weapons, tools of death and that civilians should not own such killing machines, he is the same person who killed someone with his car. So this made me think about all the things that kill more often than firearms in civilian hands. Murders with guns is very rare in Canada, especially when you compare this with other things that are used for killing.
In Canada, firearms are categorized into three main categories; non-restricted; restricted and prohibited. Now on top of this, they are judged, by barrel length, the firing mechanism and the way they look.
Let us put this into perspective now. A car has its furniture like a firearm (exterior, the way it looks), it has a motor and transmission (a gun has firing mechanism), a car has a specific type of fuel and grade of fuel (Firearm has ammo and specific calibre), a vehicle is a specific size like guns are of various sizes.
So why are guns categorized into various categories and why do we need different license for different firearms and why are some illegal based on how they look?
Vehicles look different, a Dodge Viper has a big engine with a lot of horse power and looks like a race car, why is this vehicle not restricted or even prohibited from being owned by person with a regular drivers license. It is vastly different from a Prius. Different look, different engine and horsepower. Yet both vehicles can kill. Vehicles on the road kill far more often than firearms in law abiding gun owners hands.
Some people have said that no person needs a gun that is greater than a 22calibre. I say of course we do, but in reality no person needs a car that can go faster than 110 km/h since that is the highest speed limit in Canada, as I remember. So why do we have cars that can easily exceed 200km/h?
We have had firearms legally bought in Canada, and now all of a sudden they are made prohibited, meaning we can no longer own them.
Yet, cars that have killed people are still being legally bought and sold on a daily basis. Also, why can a person who is caught drinking and driving allowed to own the vehicle he was caught breaking the law in. Even if he killed someone with that car, he still owns it.
What about knives, knives kill people. But knives are still sold in most stores. A person who murdered someone, when they get out of prison is not banned from owning knives. One knife looks similar to the next. Yet all knives are legally sold everywhere. However, a gun that “looks” like a military assault rifle, even if it is not that gun is still being banned.
Do Canadian firearm laws make any sense? Of-course they don’t. We have things that kill on a daily basis and are never banned, yet firearms that have never killed anyone are being banned. AND the worst part of it is that one person with the RCMP is changing laws to fulfill his illogical gun ban. Not to mention that this person or any police officer for that matter has no right to change laws, they are hired to enforce laws only. They seem to also forget that they work for us and so are to listen to and obey those they work for. If they can’t or simply refuse to obey, uphold and enforce the law then they need to step down or better yet—get fired!
The time is long past due for Canada to go back to logical firearm laws. We need to get rid of the categorizing of firearms, get rid of the different licenses, and go back to the time when all we needed to do was go and get a firearms permit. No more permit to transfer firearms, no more restrictions. The old ways worked fine for everyone, this newer way is merely a money grab and now a gun grab—Illogical and incompetently run.