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  •  I wish they were a lot more regulated (7+ / 0-)

    especially talking on the phone and driving, and all forms of aggressive driving such as tailgating, exceeding the speed limit, etc.

    I think that for such a dangerous activity, cars are vastly under regulated.

    How big is your personal carbon footprint?

    by ban nock on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:02:11 AM PST

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    •  Technology is making progress on that (8+ / 0-)

      Many cars have accident avoidance systems and as laws catch up with technology, more autonomous features will become commonplace and help to reduce the numbers of accidents due to human error and negligence.

      I'm not suggesting people don't need to be more careful and laws don't need to be enforced more rigorously, just that technology will bring greater safety margins to the table.

      BTW, here in China the government recently enacted a "Zero Tolerance" policy for running yellow lights (commonly worse here than the USA) and what followed was great public outcry by drivers getting "unfairly" ticketed for breaking the law, including complaints that auto drivers were getting unfairly targeted verses bicycle riders.

      Seems it's human nature to complain about whatever regulations we don't like applied to ourselves and to always find a reason to convince ourselves we are being victimized.

      But actually, cars are more regulated than guns in the USA, yet more numerous, and so it suggests tighter regulation of guns would work, be practical and not result in denial of qualified persons.

      Can you imagine how much more dangerous the USA would be if cars were unregulated, unlicensed and untraceable to the owners? Or considered a basic human right without qualification?

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:45:12 AM PST

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      •  Speaking of which (6+ / 0-)

        Smart gun technology could save lives....

        Proponents of smart gun technology say that smart gun technology would reduce or eliminate accidental use and misuse of guns by children and teens, as well as reducing accidental discharges or the use of a gun against the owner if it is stolen or taken away.
        Smart gun technology could have, in fact, prevented Adam Lanza from using his mother's guns. It could all but eliminate gun trafficking and illegal gun use. Not to mention the number of children who would be saved from gun accidents.

        Nothing is happening on this front right now, because in addition to the NRA, groups like the Violence Policy Center oppose it, for reasons that I really can't wrap my head around...more on that here.

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        by SwedishJewfish on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:07:54 AM PST

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      •  I used to rent long term at the police owned (1+ / 0-)
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        guest house. At the restaurant you have to sit where there's a seat. I noticed the plain clothes policeman was carrying, under his jacket, one of those tiny pistols they seem to like, not sure what it was, anyway I mentioned I wished anyone could have guns like in my country and he was adamant that was a bad idea. This in a town awash in heroin out of Burma.

        Getting back to the subject one day a cadre told me a political joke about traffic lights. He said in most places red is stop, green is go, but in Guangdong red means go around.

        How big is your personal carbon footprint?

        by ban nock on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:34:30 PM PST

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        •  The problem that many seem to forget is that (0+ / 0-)

          gun restrictions alter the balance of power between people and the state.  Specifically, they alter the balance of power between law abiding people and the state.  The criminals will still have their guns, the police will still have their guns, the elites will still have their guns, but the 99% will be disarmed.

    •  Come to California -- these are heavily (5+ / 0-)

      regulated. We have the most aggressive and proactive area highway patrol in the country, and fines are $250 up (to over $1k) for all of these.

      If I drive my thirty-ish minute commute to work, I generally see 3-6 cop cars along the way, sometimes more. On a rare, rare day, I might only see 1. They are actively sitting on the side of the highway or roads and pulling people over.

      Just a side note that this varies widely from state-to-state. I've been all over the country and in other places, it's quite different.

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      by mahakali overdrive on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:14:37 AM PST

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