At least you need a license to drive a car

Drivers licenses are state revenue generators, but they also factor in public safety. You at least have to take a test and show a minimum skill set to drive a car.

But don’t even think of licensing guns. What could go wrong?

While motor vehicle-related deaths are on the decline as the result of a successful decades-long public health-based injury prevention strategy, firearm deaths continue unabated—the direct result of the failure of policymakers to acknowledge and act on this ubiquitous and too often ignored public health problem.

Firearm-related fatalities exceeded motor vehicle fatalities in 12 states and the District of Columbia in 2010, the most recent year for which state-level data is available for both products from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That year, gun deaths (including gun suicide, homicide, and fatal unintentional shootings) outpaced motor vehicle deaths in: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

That’s from the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Most disheartening from this survey is a person in D.C. is twice as likely to be shot to death than to die in a car accident. Another reason for me to stay indoors whenever possible.


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