Letter: Cars are actually more regulated than firearms

April 3, 2013 

As the irrational arguments continue to be voiced by the gun nuts, my favorite one has to be the let's-ban-automobiles-because-they-kill-people-too argument.

Looking past the obvious initial answer that automobiles are built for transportation purposes rather than to injure or kill, let's examine what it takes to be able to legally operate one. First, you need to be of legal age. Then you have to take an extensive course that teaches you the laws associated with its operation while at the same time teaches you how to properly operate one. Finally, you have to pass written and operational evaluation tests to obtain the license to drive in this state and purchase insurance on top of that.

On the other hand, to buy a rifle or shotgun all you have to do is find your way to a local store that sells these items, fill out some simple paperwork, and you have your weapon within minutes. We have harsher regulations on cars and purchasing Sudafed in this country. Seems balanced.

ZANE BRIGSLIE, Richland

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