Originally Posted by frozne
That has already happened in many cases. The Rights and Freedoms people get are never absolute. Your rights and freedoms end when they infringe on other peoples rights and freedoms. I have the right to bear arms and my family has a house in the country where I take my rifles out to target shoot at paper plates and coke cans. However it is illegal for me to put a coke can on a busy sidewalk and target shoot with my rifle there. My right to bear arms infringes on other peoples right to their own personal safety and well being.
Same can be applied to cars. A persons freedom to choose to drive manually infringes on another persons right to feel safe while they are in their car. It might seem weird now because everyone has to drive manually, but once an option comes out that makes it to where automotive deaths drop to almost 0, your car becomes a weapon more than anything else.
You will still have the option to drive manually in certain circumstances (like a track), but making a law outlawing it on the roadways doesn't change the country much. If you take things literally and with absolutes, the fact that I can't carry a personal gun into a bank, concealed or not, violates my second amendment rights. Same with not being able to own automatic weapons. The second amendment is "The right to bear arms", not "The right to bear handguns only when you are on your personal property". If you take things literally, this country has been unrecognizable for many years.
Considering that car deaths are higher than gun deaths, and that 2/3rds of all deaths by guns are self inflicted, car deaths are a massive problem, certainly more than guns. With as many laws (and especially over the past month) being talked about on guns, it is a testament to the "car culture" of America. People think America has a "gun culture", but the bigger culture here is the "car culture". Compared to cars, guns are nothing in this country.
I find it very doubtful that any such restrictions that are currently (and especially being proposed) on guns would ever be applied to cars, even in the interest of safety and deaths.
Just imagine if Z rated tires (as opposed to a folding stock) were all that it took to make your car an "Assault Vehicle" and more tightly regulated or banned? Same with Rear Spoilers (as opposed to a pistol grip), or a "Coffee can muffler" (as opposed to a suppressor), and least we forget about having more than 200 horsepower (as opposed to having more than a 10 round magazine).
Why aren't those things, which are often found in many high speed accidents, outlawed or at least strictly regulated?
How about mandatory minimum sentences for DUI, say 5 years ... just like there are mandatory 5 year minimums when a gun is present in a crime?
The list goes on and on.
As much as I am a fan of guns, I know that this country is even a bigger fan of cars, and nearly any such parallel law to ban people from driving will be met with massive resistance, and as I said before, the face of this country will have to MASSIVELY change before people are banned from driving a car.
As far as your example of the bank, that is a moot point. Your 2nd Amendment right only extends to your personal property and public property. Banks are PRIVATELY owned and as such, the owners of the bank (or any other company not owned by the government, or another citizen) can tell you to you can't come in THEIR property with a gun (or on to their property PERIOD). You would have done better if your example was made with a court house. Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 1/31/13 at 6:41am