Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey on Thursday argued that guns should not be regulated after the massacre that killed 12 and wounded 58 in Colorado because the suspect could have “taken a car and driven it into a school bus” [...]That laughable "argument" has gotten new life in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, as conservatives pretend that there's some kind of equivalency between guns and cars. If you want to take away guns because they kill people, why not take away cars because they kill people?
When I was in the Army, we used vehicles to go places and guns to kill things, not the other way around. But fine. Let's treat guns exactly the way we treat vehicles.
2. You have to purchase vehicle/gun insurance.
3. You have to pay an annual registration fee per vehicle/gun.
4. There are restrictions to the kinds of vehicles/guns you can own and operate. And restrictions in the places you can operate them. Just like street cars with nitrous oxide injection are illegal in many places, so too can multiple-round magazines be banned.
5. You can't operate vehicles/guns if intoxicated.
6. You must abide by various safety regulations, be it wearing a seatbelt or mandating gun locks.
7. You must pay a transfer tax when selling vehicle/gun to a third party.
8. We should create a federal agency, along the lines of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, tasked with improving gun safety.