To the Editor:
In the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy and the administration’s announcement of its new executive orders and recommended legislative actions, there is increasingly noisy discussion about what is the best course of action for the country.
While it is not a perfect analogy, how we regulate the use of motor vehicles is important to consider and can be instructive.
Like guns, these can be dangerous if used improperly. We thus accept that driving rules must be obeyed – drivers must be qualified, trained, licensedand must not operate their vehicles if impaired or distracted. Laws govern these areas.
In regard to the vehicles, they must meet design requirements that affect safety and meet performance levels for emissions and fuel consumption. In addition, cars must be titled and registered and are subject to inspection. On top of this, the use of vehicles is subject to taxation.
As a society, we accept these laws and regulations. Cars are usually not taken from us, and we enjoy the utility and convenience of their use.
This situation should inform our approach to the use of guns in our society.