Sophia Bush, a "proud firearm owner" and a member of the Creative Council for Everytown for Gun Safety, says she wants firearm regulation to mirror those of automobiles. The actress said firearm owners should pass a test, obtain insurance, and get their qualifications checked regularly.
"It feels a bit mental that we wouldn't regulate guns in the same way that we regulate cars, for example. You have to pass a test, have insurance, get your qualifications checked."
Bush was speaking at the Everytown's Wear Orange campaign which the group claims is an initiative to reduce violence. The event takes place from June 5th to 7th during the National Gun Awareness Day.
Bush claims to be a lifelong gun owner after receiving her first firearm, a .22 rifle, when she was just 12 years old. She narrates how she always accompanied her father to the gun ranges for target practice and how she still reminisces the moments. The actress says marksmanship became a hobby as well as an essential skill in her life.
Despite her impressive story, Bush seems to miss the obvious points. While there exist many regulations to control vehicle ownership and use, automobiles cause more deaths than firearms. This is despite Americans owning more firearms than vehicles as well as firearms being more dangerous than cars. If such regulations have failed to end car accidents, they are unlikely to stop crime.
Having many unnecessary regulations will also prevent many law-abiding citizens from owning firearms because of the financial costs and the impossible requirements. Needless to say, criminals do not respect these laws and will own firearms without training, licenses, or insurance. The only people who will give up firearms are Americans who are unlikely to use them in committing crimes.
Disarming law-abiding citizens will not reduce gun-related violence. In fact, firearms are potent deterrents to crimes and removing them from the hands of obedient citizens will lead to increased victimization by armed criminals and the consequent rise in gun violence. However, a well-paid celebrity does not have to worry about the cost or security implications because she can afford the extra expenses as well as private guards.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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