With a mass shooting event happening nearly every day in America, a national conversation about gun control is long overdue. But as gun control advocates know all too well, it is seemingly never the right time to have that conversation. At least, that is the decades-long narrative repeated over and over again by pundits and politicians firmly in the pocket of the NRA.
The last time congress passed meaningful gun legislation was the National Firearms Act in 1986. And even though we are a nation paralyzed by a constant cycle of mourning, we have still managed to ban a number of things that kill far fewer people than the estimated 30,000 killed every year in America by firearms.
Some of those far-less-lethal things include:
The most popular book series in the history of publishing, Harry Potter was #1 on the American Library Association's Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books between 2000 and 2009. It was removed from bookshelves across the country, and in some cases burned for being "ungodly."
Pioneers of rock and roll along side the Beatles and Rolling Stones, they sold more than 50 million records worldwide and charted five different top-ten singles. But in 1965, they were banned from touring in the US by the American Federation of Musicians for being "drunken hooligans."
Kinder eggs are one of the most consumed chocolate treats in the world. The "chocolate egg" which contains a small toy, sells more than 3.5 billion units annually. But they have been banned from America because of the Federal Food and Drug Cosmetic Act of 1938. Kinder expects that they will finally hit the shelves in America next year after being forced to redesign a new egg specifically for American regulations.
In 2017, the Trump regime, by way of an executive order, banned foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US without a familial relationship with a person or entity in the country. Those nations included Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan.