The Sharing Economy is a trusting economy. It works best in countries where carrying a gun is not a measure of one’s liberty. And it works best when sensible gun restriction is no longer a political test for funding the next election.
What can be done about an Uber driver going on a killing rampage? It’s time to get beyond sending out hearts and prayers to the victim’s families. It was time long ago.
We all know that nothing will happen while the NRA pours in wild-west slogans that support a rigid, protective, fearful belief-system. If conservatives continue to hold on to their very selective second amendment rights (rights for me to carry a gun and no rights for you to live a full life), then they might respond to some of old wild-west rules that weren’t so wild.
Frontier towns like Tombstone, Deadwood and Dodge had some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation. In 1873, all visitors of Wichita, Kansas were required to check their guns at the Police Station (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-winkler/did-the-wild-west-have-mo_b_956035.html).
Would it be such a burden on the NRA to get back to the real wild-west?
Yes, we need an entire new batch of politicians. We also need to look at the Constitution. How many of us have actually taken the time to read the very brief Second Amendment:
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Even Antonin Scalia limits this right in his holding of District of Columbia vs. Heller (http://www.lawnix.com/cases/dc-heller.html):
“The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”
Might the use of a gun actually be confined to the home by the intent of these words? Might we be able to use technology to ban guns from a public vehicle? We were able to make restrictions in the wild-west. But now, we all get pushed around by the self-interest of one industry. What a spectacular public relations stunt! One industry shows a potential for lower profits and we come away believing our rights have been denied.
If we believe in a Sharing Economy then we need to place more value in our collective rights.