As the sole survivor where two people were killed by a drunk driver, the analogy of owning a car and driving drunk drunk to owning a gun and using it accidentally or intentionally to kill other people is specious.
In the first place, a car has never been used to kill children in their classrooms, revelers in nightclubs, or audiences in cinemas.
While people who drink and drive are insanely arrogant in their belief that killing someone while driving drunk will never happen to them, so far, no one has procured a car with the intention of using it to commit mass murders. And it would be very difficult, if not impossible to do so. Cars and guns do not function in the same way.
The more accurate analogy would be trucks to guns because we have seen that happen in the past two years. But, if we go there, we enter the world of terrorist and fundamentalist attacks, which is a different conversation and has nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment.
I was born and lived in the U.K. until I was 30. There is hardly any gun violence there or in the rest of Europe, which, together with the U.K., adds up to roughly the size and population of the United States.
The reason for minimal gun violence in countries like the U.K. are strict gun laws and proper licensing. The licensing requirements apply to everyone in all parts of the country. What gets checked and what does not, doesn’t fall under the purview of individual counties. In the U.S. regulations differ from state to state.
Background checks in the U.K. are extensive; waiting periods are extensive; training is required; cause for owning a gun is required. If you can show good cause to own a gun — not just because it’s an amendment to a Constitution written over two hundred years ago when not even America’s prescient Founding Fathers could have foreseen mass shootings in schools, churches, malls, cinemas, nightclubs, restaurants, and other public venues — you will receive a license. Cause means: hunting or other sports; if you live in a remote part of the country where you may need a gun for self-defense, and so on.
Someone’s right to own a gun because it says so in the 2nd Amendment does not trump the rights of those who don’t want to own a gun; or want their children to be able to go to school without fear they may be shot and killed in their classrooms; or go to the cinema without fear they’ll be killed while watching a film. Or be in any of the public places that have become regular targets for those intent on committing mass murders.
No one advocating sensible gun laws and the restriction of certain weapons in retail sales has any intention of removing guns from someone like Heather Nowlin’s father-in-law. But without serious reform to the current gun laws, American parents will continue to lose their children in droves to gun killings. The situation has reached a tipping point. Or, if it has not, reasonable Americans should be asking themselves, “Why not?”.