Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 4 years ago

Why can't we treat cars like guns?

The right to defend yourself is a natural born right, so we say the right to guns is an inalienable right.

Well, the right to travel is a natural born right, so why won't we say vehicles are an inalienable right?

Typical answer is "because it wasn't written in the constitution." That's because there were no cars at that time! Plus the way they traveled during that time, they probably never even thought to consider it as a right that could be taken away.

So philosophically, why don't we treat guns and vehicles the same today?

It's obvious today's generation hates the freedoms our forefathers believed in, since they want to take away offensive speech, our right to guns, and are happy to say we don't have a right to vehicles "because our forefathers didn't anticipate them to draft it into the constitution and that means it's impossible for us to view it that way".

But why do you say we shouldn't treat cars like guns?

Update:

"Because you have legs."

You also have hands and legs to defend yourself with. Guns are better for defense. Vehicles are better for travel.

Update 2:

"we see the right to own horses wasn't written into the Constitution either"

I repeat:

"Plus the way they traveled during that time, they probably never even thought to consider it as a right that could be taken away."

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago
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    "Why can't we treat cars like guns?"

    We do to some extent. We license / register both. We confiscate them if they are used in a crime.

    "The right to defend yourself is a natural born right, so we say the right to guns is an inalienable right."

    ... To defend yourself from a government with guns.

    "Well, the right to travel is a natural born right, so why won't we say vehicles are an inalienable right?"

    Because you have legs. And some governments actually provide mass transit, as should they all.

    "they probably never even thought to consider it as a right that could be taken away."

    Not exactly correct. They did legislate around horses and wagons...

    "So philosophically, why don't we treat guns and vehicles the same today?"

    We do, roughly.

    "It's obvious today's generation..."

    Simile noted, and not helpful.

    [EDIT: "You also have hands and legs to defend yourself with. Guns are better for defense. Vehicles are better for travel."

    And vehicles (horses, wagons) were available and unregulated at the time. Roads were provided in cities, as were easements, and right-of-ways.

    "Plus the way they traveled during that time, they probably never even thought to consider it as a right that could be taken away."

    No, they were considered as real property, could be taxed, and seized. Much as we do today.

    Please note that the right to bear arms, does not mean the government is responsible to:

    - issue you a gun when you reach the age of majority, if you do not have one, nor

    - make sure you know how to operate one safely (they just refuse to license you as a driver, if you don't have some minimum competency).

    http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/05/th...

    And the history of banning automobile (or non-foot) traffic in certain areas is even longer.

    ]

  • 4 years ago

    Adjusting for the time periods we see the right to own horses wasn't written into the Constitution either. So philosophically it's a bit of a reach to say a mode of transportation has a great deal in common with the right to keep and bear arms. But you can take comfort in the fact that both cars and guns have to be registered.

  • G
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    Unlike with firearms, we don't have a fundamental, founding document explicitly allowing citizens the the right to own and drive cars. You're going to have to amend the constitution to make any real headway on such a thing. Good luck.

  • if anything we should treat guns like cars.

    when there is a safety issue, regulations are changed

    you have to be licensed

    it has to be registered

    you have to take classes

    if you break the law or are unsafe you get a ticket, fined, or have it taken away until you complete court orders

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Gun control is coming. Conservatives will have to choose between obeying the law or going to prison. Should be interesting.

    • G
      Lv 7
      4 years agoReport

      How far could it be taken without having to undergo the impossible task of amending the constitution though?

  • 4 years ago

    Wow is your premise flawed. The right to travel, lol.

  • Jay R
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    Chop logic is not logic.

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