Licensing of guns has proven to be a boondogle in many locales especially NYC. The process can take many months and has a very low aproval rate unless one's last name is Trump. There are plenty of gun crimes in NYC yet the number of crimes involving licensed guns is minimal. Criminals do not apply for gun permits and attend safety classes. Thus the procedures only apply to the law abiding who need the guns to protect themselves from the urban predator. Blacks are more likely to be crime victims then whites so there is a racial element as well.
There are plenty of other examples of unsafe activities we do not license. There are plenty of deaths in the USA attributable to sex. Pehaps we should require a saftey
course and licensing of sex. This is an insane idea but when one adds up victims and the cost of veneral disease this starts to make sense. However the reason we as a society do not do this is that this would restrict a fundamental Liberty. The notion of going to a singles bar and seeing two potential partners exchange sex licenses is comedic. However in many countries prostitutes are licensed and regularly tested, for disease not vocational knowledge.
There are several cases of religious cults causing death. The more famous are the Branch Davidians and Heavens Gate. We also have a rash of Muslim terror in the USA .
Should we license religion and regulate its expression. Of course not as this also would restrict liberty. There are plenty of examples of far left types being prone to terrorism . Should Ducky have to report to his local police station as a menace to society ? In a sane country Communists like the Duck would be required to report to the local authorities. However, the notion of reasonable scrutiny should place the Duck under watch as a safety hazzard. Similarly, people who communicate with terrorists or advocate Jihad should also be placed under watch.
The argument might turn on ( psycho leftist speech impediment ) "W-ww--ell Beakerkin
those are human activities and not an object. Any object used incorrectly can cause death or bodily harm. People get electrocuted from small apliances but we do not license toasters. People die by the score in biking, boating and cooking accidents but we do not license those activities.
Licensing itself is not a terrible idea if the process does not turn out to be thinly disguised elitism as in NYC or absurd as the locales who only grant a license
to one gun that one took a safety class with. Poe correctly points out there are some people who passed their road tests in a Dodge Dart. Following this absurd logic
one should only be allowed to drive the same Dodge Dart for the next fourty years.
Beamish in 08, Ducky to good use at the Chinese resturant and 167 back in the coffin.
On Deck the Last Poe Gun Myth Reasonable laws do not restrict the rights of Gun owners. Then on Friday to be followed by Poe's conclusions.
Personal note I have decided against the creation of seperate posts for a larger site. The reason I blog is that I am having fun and I enjoy the small community of posters that are like family. I prefer to do book reviews with breaks into current events and an occasional comedy bit. We have not done a comedy post in quite a while and with Mr Beamish inactive we may have to pick up the slack. I have a few drafts Joooodoooo beats Voodoo and a couple of potential classics on the back burner.