This was originally published on Liberal America on July 11, 2016.
We have a problem with guns in this country. We have more guns and more gun deaths than other country. Last month, we had the horrific massacre at the Orlando nightclub. That was just one of 1,000 shootings that have occurred since the Sandy Hook shootings. You would think that this would give lawmakers motivation to regulate guns more, but it hasn’t. Just to show you how ridiculous this is, here are some things that we actually regulate more than guns in this country from Liberals Unite.
1. Kinder Eggs
These little beauties are Kinder Eggs; they are hollow, chocolate eggs with a small toy inside. They are banned in this country because they could be a choking hazard. You can face a $2,500 fine per egg for bringing them into the United States.
Walter White wannabes have been using Sudafed and other cold medicines to make crystal meth for decades, so now you have to show an I.D. to buy cold medicine, and they keep your information on file in case you buy too many boxes.
The United States has placed tons of restrictions on women who want to obtain abortions. We have laws specifically targeted to abortion providers. One extremist state is trying to outlaw all abortions; Oklahoma is trying to pass a bill to make abortions illegal in all circumstances. Corpses have better bodily autonomy than live women. Missouri, among other states, has a waiting period for abortions; there are not any waiting periods for guns there. The chart above shows the proximity to an abortion clinic in every state.
You have to be 21-years-old to buy alcohol. You must present an I.D. to do so at a restaurant or bar. Some states have restricted hours when you can’t buy it. To be fair, Walmart and other 24-hour stores do only sell guns during certain hours, but there are many counties here in the south that don’t sell alcohol at all.
Terrorists on the no-fly list can get guns, but you’d better not pack a water bottle on your carry-on.
You have to buy a license for a pet, but you don’t have to buy one for a gun. If you want to conceal carry, then that requires a license. Some cities have laws banning “aggressive” breeds. You can get a gun, but you’d better not carry that unregistered Rotweiller around. To adopt a bunny, you have to prove that you have a home for it. You are told to buy another bunny to keep the one company. With all pets, you should commit to taking care of the pet for its entire life.
Strip clubs have strict regulations. Some states are trying to raise the minimum age for a stripper from 18 to 21. You are not supposed to record them. Men are not allowed to take out their genitals during the lap dance, or touch them.
Many states require you to register to vote. Some states make you do it 30 days beforehand, and you have to show an I.D. to vote. However, you can buy a gun the same day you want one in most scenarios.
9. Other Medicines
In addition to the Sudafed, there are other very regulated medicines. Opioid painkillers are highly regulated. The doctor can’t call in the prescriptions, you have to go to the office and get the paper prescription. There are many psychiatric medicines that are regulated as well. Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, others) are also regulated; you must show an ID when picking those prescriptions up. Twenty-six states require an identification when picking up prescriptions.
Many adults needing Adderall have a hard time getting it:
“In Texas, Adderall is a controlled substance so no refills are allowed with a pharmacy and a new RX form has to be written and signed by my PCP on a State of Texas issued RX form.”
Also, on prescriptions for controlled substances, doctors need to very carefully print your name and address. In some cases, the pharmacy won’t fill it if anything is even slightly off.
10. Letting Your Children Play Outside
Obviously, children are more regulated than guns. You might be surprised to learn that a woman in Florida actually got in trouble for letting her son play outside. He was taken away for it.
11. Hunting And Fishing Licenses
You have to supply your Social Security Number (SSN) to apply for hunting or fishing licenses, but not for buying a gun. States are allowed to deny licenses to those who haven’t been paying child support. Most states do not require a SSN or a driver’s license to purchase a firearm.
12. Selling Lemonade
In Iowa, there are more restrictions on food and drink vendors than guns:
“Technically, food vendors in some parts of the state need a business permit and food license to sell food, even from a residential location. Gun vendors don’t need state licenses to sell guns, and inspections by police are not allowed.”
13. Food Stamps
In Arkansas, it takes longer to qualify for food stamps than to get a gun:
“The approval process for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) in Arkansas normally runs 30 days, though it can be expedited in seven. The background check to buy a gun from a licensed dealer can be completed in minutes, or at most three days.”
14. Cutting Hair
In Arizona, you have to have a license and a full 1,500 hours of instruction before you can cut someone’s hair:
“Arizona is one of three states (Vermont and Alaska are the others) that do not require residents to have a permit for a concealed weapon. To cut hair, however, one needs to get a barber’s license and fulfill 1,500 hours of instruction.”
15. Marriage Licenses
It costs more to get a marriage license than a gun permit in Indiana:
The application for a four-year handgun license is $10. The application for marriage when at least one person is a state resident is $18. Out-of-state residents must pay $60 for a marriage license application.
16. Becoming A Substitute Teacher
In Florida, you must submit fingerprints to be a substitute teacher, but not to buy or carry a gun.
States have more stringent laws on fireworks than guns. Every county has different ordinances, but it is still easier to get a gun. There was an incident involving fireworks in 2010:
“A recent attempt to harm innocent lives provides a frightening example of how legally purchased… fireworks can cause dramatic harm and even kill. [Faisal] Shahzad purchased fireworks at a Pennsylvania chain store, transported the fireworks to Connecticut and created a bomb-like device that he transported into New York City with the intent of killing and causing havoc in a busy tourist area.”
If Shahzad had purchased a gun and ammo, he would’ve been able to do that legally.