What If We Regulated Cars Like We Regulate Guns?

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It might go something like this (via Instapundit):

To buy or operate a standard car, one will have to be 18 years old. Under that age, adult supervision will be mandatory. This means the adult must be in the vehicle with the underage driver.

To buy a sports car, you will have to be 21. A “Sports car” will be defined as any combination of any two of the following: 2 doors instead of 4, spoked rims not requiring hubcaps, aerodynamic effects such as spoilers or air dams, a wheelbase under 100 inches, a manual transmission, a curb weight under 3000 lbs, fiberglass or other non-metal construction, or painted logos.

For every purchase, you will have to fill out a questionnaire confirming you’re a US citizen, do not use drugs or abuse alcohol, have never had a conviction for alcohol related incidents or reckless driving. Lying on this form will be punishable by 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

New cars will only be purchased from Federal Automobile Licensees who must provide fingerprints, proof of character, secure storage for all vehicles, and who must call the Federal Bureau of Motor Vehicles to verify your information before purchase. They may approve or decline or delay the sale. If they decline, you may appeal the decision in writing to a review board. If they delay, it becomes an approval automatically after 10 days. However, the dealer may decline to complete such a sale in case of later problems.

I wonder how many of the people screaming for more, and tougher, gun control laws realize just how thoroughly regulated gun sales, purchases, ownership and possession already is?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • mickey_moussaoui

    Let the law get tougher on gangs and you will reduce gun related homicide by 50% or better. Stop illegal immigration at the border and you will reduce gun related homicide by another 10% or better.

    • JW-American

      And keep convicted felons in prison their full terms for another 7-8% saving in recidivistic crime related shootings “do a crime with a gun.. no early release or parole whatsoever.

      See how we can knock 68% of the gun crime down?

      Just drop the PC bullshit and start arresting gangbangers, illegal dope traffickers, and violent felons and keep them locked up their full terms.

  • borborygmi

    yep regulate the sports car as soon as it gets driven into a school and kills a bunch. I am thinking that the number of intentional murders with vehicles is lower then guns

  • Matthew Hawkins

    Except if you wanted to bypass any regulation all you would have to do is go to a car show.

    • SigFan

      100% incorrect. Go to any gun show and what you will find is that any FFL dealer there has a phone and every gun sale goes through the NIC just as if you were in a gun shop. Private owner to private owner sales do not take place at gun shows as private owners cannot “display” at shows for sale items. Private owner to private owner transfers can and do happen outside the environs of a show, but the government currently does not regulate or restrict that activity. There is a case to be made that such private transactions should be regulated, but enforcing it would be impossible.

      • matthew_bosch

        Thank you for pointing out misinformation about Gun Shows.

      • Thresherman

        Not too mention that a car show would be crawling with undercover DOT agents looking for violations.

  • WOOF

    Some guns sales are thoroughly registered.
    As a dollar goes from hand to hand,
    a gun goes from man to man.
    “We’re cool on the cocaine , but I’ll have to ask
    for I.D. on the pistols.”

    This man has a Federal Firearms License

    • Thresherman

      Frankly Woof, I think you are lying about Charlie Sheen having a FFL. The man’s record would probably prohibit that not to mention that 2 years ago he was placed under a court order not to have guns in his house. FFLs have be renewed annually so even if he did have one at one point, I highly doubt that he does now. I searched Snopes, Google and Bing on this thing and got nothing.

      But let’s concede your point for a moment and consider it. Are you saying that it is a bad thing that Charlie Sheen was given an FFL? If so, shouldn’t that just be just another example that government is too incompetent to be entrusted with control over our rights?

  • HG

    Just wait till some mentally disturbed person gets ahold of mom’s SUV and runs it through a school corridor one morning.

  • JW-American

    Ban the Black evil looking cars who needs a car that can go over 75 mph? that’s the speed limit you know,

    Ban the pickups with extra gas tanks in the back, do you really need to go further than 100 miles before refueling? Man, think about your bladder dude.

    Ban the cars that get worse than 20 mpg, maybe trade them in for better mileage cars, and crust those old ones, oops we did that allready..??

    How about we just ban all the cars with the whole back of the trunk covered with Obama stickers and save the earth/whales/spotted owl….

    Yep lets go after their free speech, then worry about the nasty evil black gas guzzzziling sports cars.

  • 11B40

    Greetings:

    You can take my manual transmission when you pry the stick from my cold, dead hand.

  • Snarkie

    It’s a f##king state issue. Stop saying more than that. You and the NRA are getting dragged out of the wagon circle and into the wrong venue.

  • Dan

    I really wish you wouldn’t give the control freaks in DC ideas. Life is tough enough the way it is. LOL

  • Bobby

    limit license to those who can pass a test to use the equipment, require insurance to prevent the state from bearing the burden of a mishap, limit issuance in cases of disability or previous crime, provide for fines and consfication in the case of misuse, prohibit high performance, purpose specific equipment from public use, tax annually for ownership and registration, more stringent testing for the young and aged, limit user rights for minors, heavy taxes on inputs, tolls and fees for use, restricted areas of use, required quality assurance testing, require the same registration for professional and private sale, etc., all for an item that has utility beyond killing. that’s for starters.

  • DWHoover

    If you drive a Prius with an Obama bumper sticker, you are the reason GM failed.

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