- Posted January 16, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun control debate: Background checks
Race Car Control
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
[As a moderate Republican from rural Alabama, now living in suburban Atlanta, I am surrounded by friends and familiy whose passions for gun ownership rights seem to border on paranoia. I am a firm supporter of the right to own guns, but I do not understand the unwillingness of so many to engage in conversations about governing those rights, when it just might save lives. The following open letter regarding automobile rights is meant to draw an analogy to gun control and point out the one-dimensional thinking that seems to prevail with many gun owners.]
Dear Powers That Be:
I like Formula One cars. I would like to own one and drive it on the street every day. I have the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", and driving a Formula One car would make me happy. I know that it is not legal for me to do so. I understand that many feel the car poses a threat to others, as well as myself, and should only be used by professional race car drivers in a professional environment. However, I reject that notion. My fellow citizens and I have been driving automobiles for years. It is our right to drive anything the auto industry manufactures.
There are already hundreds of kinds of vehicles available to us, so why would the government decide that there are some that do not belong in the driveways of good ol' red blooded Americans? Why must we settle only for the cars you deem safe for our use? It's almost as if you have the American public's safety at heart. But, we will not be fooled into thinking you care about our lives and the lives of our children. NO! If you tell us we cannot legally drive a race car on the streets of our nation, we will rise up and call you on it.
We know that limiting certain automobiles to use in particular professions is the first step. It will start with that. Then other types of cars will be restricted, then more and more will be restricted and, eventually, banned completely. Where will this end? Will we even be allowed to ride horseback? No, evil government, we are onto you, and we know that your ultimate goal is to make us walk everywhere we go. Why, once we open our minds and allow our government to restrict things deemed dangerous to humanity, there is no stopping you. You’ll take our shoes, too, and make us walk barefoot… But, WE WON’T STAND FOR IT! We will ban together, in our shoes, and fight against your evil agenda. The best way to start is to rally against this prohibition of Formula One cars, and other racing machines, on our tax payer owned streets. We must fight for this right, before all of our driving rights are taken away. Because, NO SIR/MADAME, I will NOT surrender my minivan to you.