The 2nd Amendment and Seat Belts Are Not the Same
Obama’s most absurd comment of last night’s town hall meeting was easily his comparison of gun restrictions to seat belt and airbag laws that these restrictions too will improve safety.
First, the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right specifically protected by the U.S. Constitution. The right to roll down the road without a seat belt is not. It is astounding that as a former constitutional law professor, President Obama would fail to recognize that this is a ridiculous comparison.
Second, in nearly every possible scenario you are better off in an automobile accident if you are wearing a seat belt in a car equipped with airbags. When confronted by a violent criminal, who in their right mind would argue that they’d be safer unarmed?
Third, it is absolute nonsense to expect that greater restrictions would impact anyone other than law abiding citizens. Those who plan to use a gun for criminal activities are by definition not the kind of people who do things by the legal route.
Obama’s executive action, by his own admission, would not have prevented any of the recent mass shootings. But, expanded Federal background checks do arguably create a de facto gun registry. What they do with that. is the bigger concern. Obama’s professed admiration for Australia’s draconian gun laws, the centerpiece of which is its mass gun confiscation program, gives us good reason to be wary.
Note: Thanks to Melissa Ehlers for her ideas, which contributed to piece.