The numbers are staggering. It is estimated that there are more than 310 million guns in the U.S. and 254 million registered motor vehicles. It is also estimated that by 2015 annual firearms deaths will edge our vehicle deaths at slightly more that 32,000.each. There have been more than 400 gun deaths since the December 14, 2012 Newtown massacre.

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides for “a well regulated militia” which is interpreted as the right for every American to own a gun. It's not in the Constitution but individuals also have a right to own an automobile which of course like a gun can also be lethal. Automobile ownership is extremely well regulated and of course taxed. The driver must meet age, visual and health standards. The driver must demonstrate in public the ability to drive an automobile. The vehicle is identified by Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and a numbered license plate is attached to the vehicle. The driver is issued a photo identified Driver’s License and the ownership is a matter of public record. An annual tax is levied against the owner and vehicle. The driver must periodically renew the drivers license and the vehicle must periodically inspect for and public safety and pollution control.

Above all the driver must purchase liability insurance to compensate in a monetary way any damages caused by the operation of the vehicle. Both the driver and the vehicle are strictly monitored by state and local police and by specialized Traffic Courts.

These regulations are constantly revised and it is documented that they save thousands of lives and provide death benefits and medical care and compensations for the injured, their property and other loses.

The registration and safety of motor vehicles engages State, city and county governments .The national government has established anti-pollution measures; regulates the gas mileage vehicles; determines the contents of motor vehicle fuels; and establishes and enforces special regulation on Interstate Highways that are funded in large part by the federal government.

Considering the enormous destruction and loss of life from guns and an almost identical Gun Licensing System should be considered. It should be remembered that in most civilized countries and owning firearms is are forbidden or very strictly regulated. In Great Britain even the police are not armed.

Our U.S. Constitution mandates the sacredness of our homes which can not be entered by the police or anyone else without a Search Warrant. It goes without saying that we have the right to bear arms to defend our homes. Our Founding Fathers however applied Common sense in demanding that government actions be “.well regulated...”

Rev. Bernard F. Hillenbrand

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