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Well, well, well. Here we go again. Robert Bauer of South Park in his Jan. 5 letter ("To Thwart a Big-Time Killer, Go After Cars") accuses gun control crusaders of having bags over their heads. He argues that cars kill thousands and thousands of innocent children every year in this nation and mockingly (one would hope) argues that the nation would be better served shutting down the auto industry.
His argument is a great one, but not for him, or any gun rights advocate. It's an argument (albeit different and better) than Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times made in his Dec. 17 article in the Post-Gazette "Courage or Carnage."
Our nation has known for a long time about the danger of automobiles to the safety of the public, but we haven't resorted to saying "Cars don't kill people, drunks do." Instead, we have required seat belts, air bags, child seats and crash safety standards. We have introduced limited licenses for young drivers and tried to curb the use of mobile phones while driving. All this has reduced America's traffic fatality rate per mile driven by nearly 90 percent since the 1950s.
Some of us are alive today because of those auto safety regulations. And if we don't treat guns in the same serious way, some of us and some of our children will die because of our failure.
So in answer to Mr. Bauer's hope that anti-gun crusaders "are bright enough to get the comparison [between guns and cars]," I would say unequivocally, they are.
First Published January 9, 2013 12:00 am