Let Me Put It Another Way.

Following up on my last post, I thought about this Presidential power grab and the whole gun debate thing and thought to myself that maybe I messed around and didn’t quite make the point that I was after.

So, I want to try putting this into a different perspective and take the gun part completely out of the conversation.

Let’s say, just as an illustration, that we have had a long standing issue with an inordinate amount of our fine citizens coming to an early demise that seems to always involve churches, wooden churches to be specific.
It seems that there are too many fires in these wooden churches and they are killing too many people for our comfort level.
Let us also say, that besides these churches all being made out of wood, they are all also two story wooden churches with steep stair cases people have to use to get in or out of.

Every once in a while there is a very bad fire and a great many people lose their lives but come to find out most of them die because when they try and escape the fire, they come stumbling out of the church with smoke in their eyes and fall down the stairs and break their necks.

People have been grumbling about these wooden churches being dangerous for years but now it seems we have two problems. The damn churches catch fire too easily and way too often but those stairs are what is killing more people than the fires themselves.
What are we going to do about this?

The next thing you know, there is yet another really bad fire and 26 people die, most of them small, innocent children and now the people demand action, especially when they find out that only the adults died in the actual fire, they all spent their last efforts making sure the children got out of the church safely but all the kids had smoke in their eyes and fell down the stairs and broke their necks, every one of them.

Now, there is a national uproar calling for the banishment of two story wooden churches with steep stair cases and the President vows to act swiftly and personally to address this scourge. He orders a great many people to come up with various ideas and then, He, will issue an Executive Order!

But wait a minute, now you have the religious people in an uproar, what do you mean, we can’t have wooden two story churches with steep stair cases?
We have always had two story wooden churches with steep stair cases, ever since this country was founded!
The First Amendment guarantees us freedom of religion and now you want to use an Executive Order to ban our churches?!

Well, let’s not get upset here, everyone needs to be rational about this.
You still have freedom of religion, you can build as many churches as you like!
They just can’t be made out of wood,and they all have to be single story churches without those really dangerous stair cases, because I said so.

Now, you tell me what the difference is between this ficticious scenario and the one involving gun control lately .
I’m all ears.

Cross posted at MY FDL.

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6 thoughts on “Let Me Put It Another Way.

  1. my thought has always been that if you want to own a gun you must have insurance on it. Just like homeowners or car owners or boat owners etc. If some one is injured because of something you owned then your insurance should pay for it, right? Also you would have to have special riders attached to your car insurance to be able to transport said weapon. from your home to where ever you are going to shot said weapon. Lots of property owners are going to be posting no trespasssing signs and no hunting etc so if you shoot someone on a property posted not only the person you shot can come after the insurance but also the property owner. I am sure the insurance companies would love to have a new revenue stream. Then they would implement whatever requirements they felt necessary to lessen their risks of having to pay out thus keeping your premiums working to pay their hard working CEOS. I mean they already have your credit score etc knowing that you have a gun and insurance on it would only make that much more reliable? Right.
    I wonder if HUD will get involved if they start making a evictable offense for having a weapon on property without insurance. Same for Co-OP boards and HOA’s . Your life inusrance premiums would go up, and those of your spouse and chlildren if you have a gun in the house. Your medical insurance premiums would also rise because of high risk of injuries. I say we let the insurance companies and their lawyers take on gun safety. I bet that would get action fast

  2. Public buildings have occupancy limits.
    Public buildings have to meet fire codes.
    Public buildings are required to have adequate emergency exits.

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