And the guns don't work
In New Jersey, once convicted of drunk driving, you may never again have personalized "vanity" plates.
In Cleveland, Ohio, women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public.
In Alaska, is it illegal to push a live moose out of a moving airplane.
Happily, in any state in the U.S, should a bevy of British soldiers from the Coldstream Guard turn up on your doorstep, you cannot be forced to allow them to crash on your living room floor.
In the US, a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, has the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
What are all of the above?
They are outdated laws still on the books, which should be rethought and repealed.
I recognize this is controversial, and I am not saying any of this to profit from any panic or devastating story in the press. I was once a keen gun enthusiast and contributed to the NRA (National Rifle Association). I believed everyone had the right to own a gun. It was in the Constitution, after all. Must be allowed. Has to be protected. I even owned a gun (which I confess I never once fired).
It all changed in one day. Literally. The day of the Columbine shootings I went from gun ownership supporter to anti-gun. Honestly, in that one day. I realized what I should have realized well before I actually owned a gun - guns take lives (obviously). And if you own one, ultimately you could at some point be forced to take someone's life. And that has to sit with you, inside your conscience
It didn't sit with me. I get the philosophy that if everyone could potentially be armed then people are inclined to be a lot less hostile although I am not sure I buy into it. And I have yet to find someone who can explain why a civilian needs access to semi-automatic or automatic weapons. I can't think of a perpetrator who wouldn't freeze at the sound of a shotgun, there should be no reason why a semi-automatic should belong in the average American home for protection and safety.
In 2012, 8,775 people were killed by guns in the USA. Compare that with 2009 in the UK - which has banned hand guns and automatic/semi-automatic weapons - where 39 people were killed by guns. Guns in this country were regulated in 1988 after a massacre at Hungerford, and the door was basically shut on automatic-firing gun ownership in 1997 when a man walked into a school in Dunblane and killed sixteen children and one adult.
I believe it's a first, good step, America - ban civilian ownership of automatic and semi-automatic weapons. Gun ownership is important to many people in the States, I know that. I was one of them. And it's true, guns don't kill people, people kill people. But most people aren't killed by a madman wielding a banana, are they?