Glenn links to M.D. Harmon, who ruminates about the dangers of teenage drivers and wonders what a world would look like in which we treated cars like guns:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, automobile accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths in the United States.
Some 2,700 teens aged 16-19 died in car crashes in 2010, the most recent year for which the federal agency's website has figures, and 282,000 were injured. So, the nation's schools have rightly implemented programs that teach teens to be safer drivers.
Yet, suppose educators instead declared that cars themselves were harmful instruments of death and destruction with no useful purpose.
Then they began punishing students at all ages, even down to kindergarten level, for such "offenses" as drawing pictures of cars, bringing toy cars to school or even mentioning the word "car."
You'd likely think this was an extreme overreaction, a textbook example of irrational behavior that was likely to punish innocent students for harmless words and actions.
Now, substitute the word "guns" for "cars," and you have a description of what appears to be a widespread mindset on the part of school officials nationwide that one psychologist and family doctor has called "psychotic."
Hmm. I think the daily utility of cars in most people's lives outweighs that of guns. However, I would have taken the metaphor in a different direction - since dreaded ASSAULT WEAPONS are fundamentally semiautomatic rifles with cool Arnold Schwarzneggerian cosmetic enhancements, maybe the Feds should crack down on automotive flame decals, rear spoilers and mag wheels in order to make strong statement encouraging responsible driving at moderate speeds.