Following the back-to-back mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado, many Americans have renewed the call for stricter gun control in the United States.
Republicans in Congress, however, have been going to extreme lengths to show that control isn't the answer.
During a speech in front of the Senate, Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana tried to vilify gun control, likening stricter regulations to taking away sober drivers' licenses.
Hours after America's second mass shooting in a week, Sen. John Kennedy downplays the gun problem by noting that "w… https://t.co/JFzXZywZH9— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1616510606.0
It didn't take a genius to see that the sort of regulations that apply to driving are the exact kind of regulations Democrats want to apply to gun ownership.
I agree with @SenJohnKennedy ... you should have to register all firearms; take/pass a test to own firearms; renewa… https://t.co/rFNJVAuuHL— Amy Passas (@Amy Passas) 1616557862.0
Who’s words about the second mass shooting in one week were more ignorant today...@tedcruz or @SenJohnKennedy?… https://t.co/I1NgXD15aT— Penny Logue (@Penny Logue) 1616548560.0
This isn’t the clever argument he thinks it is. https://t.co/VowteQrT8A— Fred Wellman (@Fred Wellman) 1616545746.0
In a way, many pointed out, Kennedy was making the liberals' point for them.
Okay, Senator, let’s do it your way. We’ll treat gun possession like driving. We’ll require a test and a license… https://t.co/oPDaRW0G6N— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer) 1616540329.0
To operate a car you need: - A gov't-issued license. - To pass a written and road test. - Insurance to pay for any… https://t.co/1lmH4X1sKD— Mark Elliott (@Mark Elliott) 1616531719.0
You need a license to drive a car, issued by the state after you pass a driving test. If you drive drunk your licen… https://t.co/4XfhUAsMEs— Ken Tremendous (@Ken Tremendous) 1616528925.0
Republicans always have a reason why the mass shootings in America must continue.
Using the senators analogy: drivers undergo a driving test, they have to be licensed, they must be insured - or the… https://t.co/pCir0uzXyG— David Begnaud (@David Begnaud) 1616530001.0
Reminder that Louisiana has had the highest murder rate in the nation for 31 straight years. https://t.co/r5mgZILWyw— Jeff Asher (@Jeff Asher) 1616528688.0
According to Joe Kennedy, the near-weekly deaths of innocent people are regrettable, but a price we must pay so that every American who wants to can own a gun.
John Kennedy calls for the testing and licensing of all gun owners along with a requirement that all gun owners sub… https://t.co/W02ThLzDid— LOL🇺🇸GOP (@LOL🇺🇸GOP) 1616526669.0
A great argument to require licenses, safety tests, registration, and insurance to be in possession of or to own fi… https://t.co/2OAmlS7O1I— Travis Akers (@Travis Akers) 1616546717.0
Whataboutism. Another mass shooting. But what about drunk drivers? https://t.co/M5da0U5oT6— Teri Kanefield (@Teri Kanefield) 1616527525.0
Kennedy's argument didn't hold water with many people online.
Not a solid argument. https://t.co/kgMaIpr5Fk— George Hahn (@George Hahn) 1616526278.0
It’s harder to get a driver’s license than it is to get a gun. And in many states, you’re able to buy an AR-15 at 1… https://t.co/zlsLmSy1tV— Ahmed Baba (@Ahmed Baba) 1616524206.0
It's doubtful John Kennedy will be pleased when and if Democrats take his analogy to its logical conclusion, passing common-sense gun laws to try and prevent future deaths.