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Sunday, May 19, 2013
As I was driving down the interstate recently, it occurred to me that perhaps the National Rifle Association is on to something.
There I was, driving along in the right-hand lane, striving to remain within striking distance of the posted speed limit while staying at least a heartbeat in front of the continuing stream of grilles that kept looming up ominously in my rearview mirror. I tried to ignore the glares of the drivers of these vehicles when they zipped past me as soon as a brief gap in the oncoming traffic in the passing lane opened up.
Yeah! Maybe those NRA people have a point. Their assertion is that any form of gun control laws are simply harassment of law-abiding citizens; the criminals pay no attention to them anyway. Closing loopholes in the requirements for background checks for the purchase of guns, limits on high-capacity magazines and restrictions on military-style assault weapons simply place restrictions on people who have no intention of causing harm to their fellow citizens, while those nefarious souls who might have such motives will simply find some means of circumventing such laws.
My experience on the interstate certainly seemed to support such logic. There I was, attempting to obey the law while almost every other driver seemed to be totally ignoring the speed limit, and was adding insult to injury by casting aspersions in my direction. Just like the proposed gun control legislation that the NRA opposes, those speed limits were serving no purpose other than to harass me — a law-abiding citizen — while imposing no restrictions whatsoever on those who chose to ignore them.
As I pondered the implications of this, it further occurred to me that such logic should not be limited merely to gun legislation or traffic laws. Why should I bother to pay my taxes? Tax laws serve only to confiscate the hard-earned money of law-abiding citizens, while those who choose to cheat on their taxes are seldom caught. I certainly have a better right to my money than some government bureaucrat!
Yeah! Now I’m on a roll! I could go on, but I believe I have made my point. The potential applications for the NRA idea are innumerable.
But then I top a slight rise in the highway and spot those familiar blue flashing lights on the shoulder about a half mile ahead. As I slow down and edge over to pass the stopped vehicles, I try, albeit not quite successfully, to suppress a brief bit of smug self-satisfaction as I spot one of my recent antagonists attempting to explain his undue haste to a rather skeptical-looking state trooper.
It occurs to me that maybe, just maybe, there is a slight flaw in the reasoning put forth by the NRA.
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