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  •  Parallels (4+ / 0-)

    Over the past 30 years, a person's freedom to consume alcoholic beverages either in private or in public has not been measureably restricted. Over that same period, neither has a person's freedom to buy a car, big or small, fast or not-so-fast.

    Over the past 30 years, DUI fatalities have dropped 50 percent despite the same level of availability of alcoholic beverages and cars to people who can legally own and responsibly use them.

    If one wants to make a regulatory parallel with automobiles, then do so in a way that works in the same fashion, with methods that work to deal with those who cause the problems, and not those who use the alcohol, cars or guns in a responsible fashion.

    •  Much has changed in the last 30 years that (0+ / 0-)

      explain the drop in fatalities.  

      Drivers are now required to have certain safety equipment on a car. Seat belts, for example. I'm old enough to remember when few cars had seat belts and there was no requirement to buckle up.  In fact, my mother and aunt were killed by a head-on collision with a drunk driver. They were not wearing their seat belts. My father and uncle were and they both survived. These days, you must have your car inspected once a year to make sure that your brakes work, your light work, you have working seat belt,etc. None of that was true 30 years ago.

      Add to that a tremendous change in the tolerance for drunk driving. The man who killed my mother had sat at a bar all day drinking. He did not have a valid driver's license, he had borrowed a friend's car that was not insured, he was totally to blame for the accident....and he got a 30 day suspended sentence. Two people dead....and a thirty day suspended sentence!

      God bless Mothers Against Drunk Driving. These days, the knowledge that a man who caused this kind of carnage would instead probably serve decades in jail on a manslaughter conviction probably has saved uncounted lives.

      Regulation. That does NOT penalize those who drive responsibly. But gives law enforcement the tools to stop or jail those who do. The same can be true of guns.  

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 11:06:46 AM PST

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