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Treat automobiles like we treat firearms

Let's treat auto ownership the same as gun ownership.

We should start by banning all high-horsepower and high-speed automobiles, as these are more likely to be used in the commission of a crime and cause more accidental deaths and injury than other types.

No one can justify owning a high-powered auto.

No person would be licensed to own or operate an auto under the age of 25 or over the age of 65. Accident data bear this out.

Set up a national database of owners and drivers so background checks may be made before any autos change hands. This would keep autos out of the hands of the mentally ill, violent criminals and of course anyone convicted of drunk driving or substance abuse.

Require automobile owners to report within 24 hours the discovery that their autos have fallen into unauthorized hands. Failure to do so would be a felony, making the owner responsible for any event involving their auto.

Automakers and dealers would be held criminally responsible if any auto is used in the commission of a felony due to the sale of an auto to a disallowed person.

Require fingerprint scan security to start or operate any auto in addition to key locks and alarms. Require all auto owners to carry $10 million in liability and uninsured drivers insurance as the mentally ill and criminals do not obey auto control laws.

New taxes on gasoline, oil, batteries and tires will help defray the costs of the carnage brought by the auto worship culture.

Some will say they have the right to any and all the cars they want, but the Founding Fathers never envisioned the modern auto.

None of the aforementioned is meant to discourage lawful use and ownership of automobiles, and is the very least owners should be willing to accept to curb the violence. The powerful auto lobbyist and their friends in Congress will have to be defeated by an emotional public outcry.

Nothing proposed here is any different than what has been proposed by the anti-guns against the Second Amendment already.

Auto owners only need to be "reasonable about their autos."

Jack Smith



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