Thursday letters: What if cars were treated like guns?

09/04/2014 1:58 AM

09/04/2014 1:59 AM

Thank God the automobile had not been invented before 1787, when our Constitution was written. In addition to “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” our wise forefathers might have included the following in the Bill of Rights: “Access to private transportation being necessary for the public welfare, the right of the people to own and operate automobiles shall not be infringed.”

Just think where we would be now. Whenever the government attempted to register the ownership of automobiles, or limit how fast they could be driven in a given location, or require licenses to own or operate automobiles, or restrict their use to trained individuals over the age of 15, the NAA (National Automobile Association) and the “don’t take away our freedoms crowd” would be up in arms and crying out against it.

Donald Burdett

Santee

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