The ANTI website Cheat Sheet has a list of things it says are more tightly regulated than guns.
I would argue that most State’s gun laws are at least as strict as the same State’s laws on the items Cheat Sheet has presented as more regulated than guns.
Haircuts were originally regulated to curb the sprad of “barbers itch,” a mite spread when the tonsorial artist’s razor, comb, and clippers came in contact with an infected person. Regulations were continued because licensing provides an almost invisible source of income to the State.
Milk production went from lightly regulated to tightly regulated with an “Undulent fever” (brucellocis or “Bangs disease spreading to humans)outbrak after cash strapped farmers stopped using sterilizing chemicals in the “cream cans” used to transport raw milk. Those regulations have saved a lot of lives.
Improperly handled, most consumer grade batteries can explode with a hand grenade’s violence. Yes, batteries are regulate both as a source of revenue and a safety measure.
Colorants for consumables of all types, from merangue to “gold pills” came into being when major canners started using Paris Green, an arsenic based and deadly poison, to color “green peas” in the early 20th Century. Those regulations have led to some foolishness, but saved a lot of lives.
Birth control pills and devices are regulated by the same laws that regulate other medicine’s. The maker must prove to a “six sigma” level that the medication is safe and reasonably efficacious. The laws were passed after instances of unscrupulous individuals selling vinegar quinine mix as a “sure cure for Spanish Influenza.” That is another set of regulations that have been seriously abused, but they save lives.
Yes, solar panels get a lot of regulating, largely as an income producer to offset lost revenue on electricity sales. A reduction that seems very hard to achieve.
No matter how regulated food stamps, or EBT cards” are abuse is so rampant that regulation’s effect is neglible.
And yes, guns are regulated for political reasons disguised as public safety. It is ironic that America’s lowest homicide rate, putting the U.S. neck and neck with England as the safest country on Earth, was when we had virtually no restriction s on firearms manufacture, distribution, sale, or possession.
If you wanted a gun nearly every store in town, including he livery stable, offered guns for sale. Prior to the labor unrest triggered gun control panic beginning in 1904, all it took was money. And here is the result, from 1880 to the present:
The “flat” on the left of the chart shows the normal and expected result of very relaxed gun laws, with a murder rate so low that if you want whole numbers you must go to murders per million instead of per thousand.
Gun control fever resulted in an almost vertical increase in the murder and in every other category of crime.
As usual, there was a small decline in 1910, but that was erased the next year by New York’s “Sullivan law.” There was also a decline from 1915 to 1918, when the young men who commit most violent crimes were off to see Paree and fight WWI.
Bootlegging rivalries provided plenty of excuses for tighter gun control through Prohibition, and tighter gun laws always mean higher cirme rates.
The end of Prohibition resulted in cash strapped Law Enforcement Agencies essentially forgetting about gun laws, beginning a long decline that lasted until 1963.
The results of the gun laws triggered by President Kennedy’s murder are clarly visible, and afflict us today. All in all, gun control has been the triggering factor in more than a million murders since 1900, more than 800,000 of those since 1963.
So yes, guns are not the only product that is heavily regulated. But guns are the only product that is heavily regulated without actual justification.
While some laws can be justified, stolen guns arm the underworld, and tough laws against gun theft and trafficking actually reduce crime, gun restrictions are almost always counterproductive, driving up violence rates instead of making anyone safer.