Transportation -- primarily cars and trucks for most Virginians -- is essential for everyday life. But vehicles can be dangerous; in 2017 there were 843 deaths and 65,306 injuries on Virginia highways. In the interest of public safety, we regulate both drivers and vehicles, such as licensing for specific types of vehicles as well as annual inspections.
Additionally, along particularly hazardous stretches of road, we erect guardrails to further reduce the likelihood of a fatality. As a society we go to great lengths to preserve life and limb, while recognizing the essential need for transportation.
But where are the guardrails to further reduce the likelihood of gun-related injuries and deaths? If we acknowledge that not everybody should own a gun, why not a “red-flag” law? If a madman could shoot fewer people with a smaller ammunition clip, why not limit the number of rounds? Gov. (Ralph) Northam’s proposed commonsense gun laws are the guardrails we need for public safety.