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Traffic Deaths Skyrocket: Let’s Ban Cars!

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No, it’s not your imagination. Everyone did forget how to drive during the pandemic.

Alarming new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows 42,915 people were killed in traffic accidents last year, so the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today suggested a crackdown on automobiles.

“Maybe we should ban cars,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, sarcastically. “After the CDC reported more than 19,000 gun-related homicides in 2020, there was a renewed push to ban certain types of firearms as the solution. No sensible person could honestly believe that placing new restrictions on cars, or guns, would result in a dramatic reduction in tragedy.”

According to the NHTSA, last year’s traffic fatalities were up 10.5 percent over 2020 when 38,824 people were killed and even more over the 2019 count of 36,096. Gottlieb noted far more people died in car crashes than were murdered with firearms in 2020, and it is likely the pattern will continue for 2021. FBI crime data for 2021 will be released in September.

Also, these made me fat.

“If you apply the same rationale to cars that gun prohibitionists apply to guns,” Gottlieb suggested, “politicians would be demanding Draconian restrictions on cars and people who drive them. There would be efforts to ban ownership of any vehicle that could cruise along at more than 70 miles-per-hour. We would prohibit young adults from owning cars with automatic transmissions, and there would be efforts to ban big engines with more than six cylinders.

“I can imagine Joe Biden or some other anti-gunner demanding gas tanks hold no more than ten gallons of fuel on the argument that ‘nobody needs more than ten gallons to get back and forth to work’,” he added.

“Yes,” Gottlieb acknowledged, “it sounds absurd, but this is the same irrational approach Biden and other gun prohibitionists use to justify their efforts to ban semiautomatic rifles and pistols. Blaming cars or guns for the carelessness or criminal intent of the people using them isn’t just wrong, it is wrong-headed.

“Cars aren’t mentioned in the Bill of Rights,” he stated, “but owning firearms is a right specifically protected by the Second Amendment. People like Joe Biden should keep that in mind when proposing solutions to violent crime.”

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. conservative1812

    May 22, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Due to all the cholsesterol and heart problems/deaths, I believe all fast food establishments should be banned, as well as ANY eating establishment that has red meat on its menu. That should stop that problem in short order, right?

  2. John

    May 20, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    The latest tally of fatal drug overdoses from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows nearly 108,000 fatalities in 2021. But the Democrats are pushing Gun Control.

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  4. Julia

    May 20, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    good

  5. GomeznSA

    May 20, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    If we use the ‘rationale’ (warped logic) we would be taking cars from those folks who have not committed any traffic violations.
    Amazingly enough (NOT) in spite of all of the restrictions placed on good drivers – licenses, driver’s ed, vehicle registrations/license plates and insurance, for some reason it hasn’t stopped people from driving without a license (or a suspended/revoked one). speeding, running red lights or stop sighs, drag racing and definitely hasn’t stopped cars from being stolen. Why one would ‘almost’ conclude that people are the problem, not the mechanical devices. Oh I almost forgot to add driving under the influence.

    • Julia

      May 20, 2022 at 5:27 pm

      hey

    • Jonn

      June 6, 2022 at 3:15 pm

      How bout suing the Manufactures of alcohol and automobiles, the next time a person is injured or killed in a DUI accident. Cause they are still responsible for that person drinking and driving. Or suing the gov’t for not taking away their automobile.

      • Cliff

        June 10, 2022 at 12:18 am

        Makes as much sence as suing the Gun makers,aren’t the people using the products responsible !

  6. Mack

    May 20, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    Just take the cars away from the law abiding good drivers so only the lawless bad drivers can have a car. You know, like how the loonies on the left believe disarming law abiding citizens will stop the lawless, mentally ill, evil…people from killing people.

  7. RC

    May 20, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    NO, NO! Since there are so many traffic deaths we simply HAVE to completely confiscate guns of all kinds even back to flintlocks. That way our freeweays will be so terribly safe we just won’t know what to do. In a serious note, why not try going after criminals and wrong doers? Also, when one buys a firearm why not have those doing background checks try doing their jobs for a change?

  8. Tim Toroian

    May 20, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Overdoses are up to, let’s ban street pharmaceuticals. OH, we did that,didn’t we? 100,000 overdoses last year, more than 2.5 times firearms deaths includeing suicides.

  9. Melvin

    May 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    I often eat at a “fast food” shop at the corner of the busiest intersection in town I can’t begin to recount all the times I have seen small women driving heavy-duty pickups, often pulling a trailer, turning left (in an intersection where there are two left turn lanes going around the corner), with right hand on steering wheel, and phone held against her ear with the left hand. I also see people walking down busy sidewalks, talking on cell phone, totally oblivious to whom is near. Looks like a perfect setup for a snatch & grab robbery. They also cross busy streets doing likewise. In the military, we were always taught the importance of situational awareness. Maybe this should also be taught in public?private schools.

  10. James Harper

    May 20, 2022 at 11:24 am

    And lets not forget suing the Auto maker because some idiot killed someone with the vehicle they made even though they were licensed by their home state to operate it and bought the vehicle legally under the law.

  11. Big Al 45

    May 20, 2022 at 10:33 am

    A “ban” isn’t the answer, the answer is more ‘registration’ and training for drivers.
    If I have to train to get my concealed carry, for an “unalienable” right, then by God they can submit to more intense driver training.
    We give drivers licenses to every Tom, Dick and fool of a Harry, so I say stop the madness and start making a drivers license tough to get.

    • nathan h fryer

      May 20, 2022 at 12:06 pm

      Abso-dam-lutely!! In some Europe countries(Germany specific) it aint easy getting a drivers lic….But I see people driving everywhere with their cell phone along side their head…one hand holding the phone and one hand sometimes on the wheel and waving as chestering gabbing on the damn phone…I live in Washington state and we have a law that prohibits drivers from using their phone while behind the wheel…the enforcement appearse weak from what I see..I’ve wondered…how many injuries/deaths have been attributed to cell phone use while driving.

  12. Dennis Sumner

    May 20, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Got a much better idea…..ban politicians!!

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