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Cheryl Saban

Cheryl Saban

Posted: April 23, 2007 01:02 PM

Society Rules


If your teenager is caught speeding - he or she may get their driver's license suspended. If said teenager had any alcohol in his or her system, that license would probably be revoked entirely. These rules apply to all of us, by the way...not just our teens. Why? Because we have rules to protect society from bad or inexperienced, or foolish, or mentally unstable drivers. Those rules are meant to protect innocent bystanders from the catastrophic results that can ensue when the rules are broken, and, by God, we take our driving rules seriously!

To make sure we help the police catch breakers of the driving rules, there are now remote cameras set up in many of our nation's intersections. Therefore, when any driver - regardless of age or gender, takes the risk of running a red light, there may be a camera poised to catch it on film, and that law-breaker will receive notice to pay a hefty fine. Our driving rules extend to include the requirement of seatbelts and secure regulation baby seats. We can't have anarchy on the roadways, for godsakes! How could society function without society rules?

Obviously people still break the rules, but you've got to admit, the rules deter plenty of rule-breakers, and that is a good thing, because vehicle crashes claim the lives of about 115 people per day in the United States. According to Car Accident Statistics, that's one death every 13 minutes...a whopping 39,189 fatal vehicle crashes in 2005.

So here is the question: Since we are so protective of human life when it comes to our driving practices, why do we persist in being reluctant to extend this social restraint to our firearms and weapon-owning practices? Firearms were used to commit 14,860 homicides in the United States during 2005. FYI, the gunshot homicide rate in the US is higher than other developed countries.

Perhaps there are laws on the books that if followed or applied could have prevented the extent of the horror that descended upon Virginia Tech University on April 16th. But if such laws continue to allow the easy purchase of Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistols by college students, we need to change the rules.

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