*disclaimer: Wall of text ahead.
yes yes, some of what I am going to say will depend very much on your local laws and country you live in. I am generalizing here because this
like most of the internet is a international community so keep that in mind before you nitpick. But yes, it is mostly aimed at the U.S gun situation
as it's mostly ever been Americans I have seen stating this stupid car thing and the U.S that seems to have the worlds largest civilian non-war time
I state this for clarification although many will cherry pick this to suit their world view as usual. I may use comparisons and experiences from my
I am not linking anything, most of it is logic or common sense based. You want specifics you have google, feel free to try it.
I must stress that this is NOT a discussion or opinion on whether guns should be banned or not. It is about the validity of the stupid # people use
in such discussions!!!
This is just my take on the matter regarding the car vs gun argument.
I gotta say I am sick of seeing stupid reasoning being used in gun control debates. Or specifically one thing that is always compared to guns.
Every time there's a shooting in the U.S you can be sure each and every time there will be at least one idio....person, if not many idio.... people,
guaranteed every time using the most stupid thing of all, regardless of where you see the discussion come up, to defend their pro-gun stance.
And I have to say it pisses me off when so many other potentially logical points of debate exist in the whole for or against gun control thing.
What is it?
"IF YOU WANT TO BAN GUNS, THEN BAN CARS!!! BECAUSE CARS KILL TOO."
Seriously will you just #ing stop with that one already. It is apple to oranges and soon as I see someone use that to make their point I stop
reading/listening and go take a handful of ibuprofen to counter the inevitable brain hurt that follows from reading it.
It is apple to oranges.
Okay first let us get the similarities between vehicle and gun related deaths out of the way before we move onto the differences and why using cars
as the basis for your point to not have tighter gun control is retarded as #.
If a car kills you, you're dead.
If a gun kills you, you're dead.
Guns and cars can both be purchased, owned and used. Legally or illegally.
Both forms of death and injury have the potential to be accidental or deliberate.
You can go to gaol (jail for you yanks
) if you kill or injure someone with either, depending on the circumstances.
People buy both either for practical or cosmetic reasons. Some people buy cars to drive, others to just display and show off. Same for guns.
Regardless of laws and safety measures their will always be injuries and accidents involving both.
Now let us move onto why it's stupid as # to compare the two and how they differ.
The vast majority of car deaths are accidental, regardless of the drivers legal driving status.
Even the unlicensed, unregistered car owner/driver involved in an accident and death in the vast majority of cases were not intentionally trying to
kill or injure anybody.
99.99999% of people probably buy a car for transport, pure practicality for modern daily life and survival. To get from point A to B without having to
walk or ride a horse for hours days or weeks. They don't think "Oh yeah this new Camaro is gonna be perfect for hunting deer/home defense/mass
murder/killing my cheating spouse."
A motor vehicle can be multi functional. It can transport, it can race, it can be used to entertain. I mean who doesn't love a good burnout? :p
Heck I have even used cars as generators to power my house during natural disasters.
Intentional murders using motor vehicles, in the grand scheme of things and since automobiles came into being, have been fairly rare Vs. the many
other methods of intentional killing.
Often the more you kill with the car the more chances it will fail. With each death the chances of the car failing increase.
Be it from damage from running people over or from obstacles that exist in the world.
Like curbs, bollards, walls, other vehicles, being spike stripped, pitted or boxed in by cops or other members of the public's vehicles or just plain
old driver error like losing control and rolling it.
Ah the many ways and how easy it is to crash a car.....
Often a car can be disabled quite quickly in various ways.
Modern cars are also generally designed these days to limit the impact to pedestrians they may encounter. They're constantly being redesigned to be
You cannot spin a car on the spot to run over someone trying to open your door and pull you out. You cannot hide out of sight like a coward and kill
with a car.
Kind of hard to have a spare backup car or 20 in your back pocket or sports bag.
Once your car is done it's generally all over.
There are many ways to avoid being killed by a car if you're aware it is coming. Hiding behind a solid object, jumping out of the way, the car
redirecting itself as it jumps the curb and no doubt others.
You must be taught and learn to drive, then be tested by a government official and then pass that test to get your license and be authorised to drive
on a public road.
Each year you gotta renew your license, pay taxes/registration have 3rd party insurance.
Sometimes your car needs to be regularly inspected to ensure it's safety and road worthiness along with ensuring it has minimal impact on the
Depending on the circumstances you can be required from time to time to also be retested to see if you still still capable enough to have the
privilege to control a motor vehicle. If you're deemed unfit you are taken off the road.
You generally don't have to cross state lines to buy a car as they tend to be equally legal no matter where you are right across any given nation.
Cars and roads are heavily regulated and policed in most Western countries. You will often see police spending most of their day ensuring people are
obeying the road laws and adhering to using shared public roads safely.
It's kind of hard to conceal one or two tonnes of rolling steel from the gaze of a police officer and a car will not fit into your pants waist
Being an intentional or unintentional A-Hole in a car there is a very good risk you'll injure or kill yourself as much as anyone else, possibly more
Many police cars are fitted with number plate readers and radar guns and other tech.
So illegal or unsafe vehicles and drivers are often pulled over and dealt with quickly before they become an issue.
You drive an unregistered vehicle past a cop, chances are you'll see them doing a u-turn in your rear view mirror. Even if your license is expired.
As it seems even a registered car will be flagged if the owner is shown as being unlicensed, even if they are not driving it.
(well here in Australia at least)
Police perform random alcohol and drug testing and license checks.
Police and the general public its kind of more obvious to spot a car doing something dodgy. Drive like an idiot and your fellow road users will call
the cops and you'll often be tracked down and stopped before you kill anyone.