Georgia Is for Censors

The Georgia Department of Driver Services plans to amend its Rules and Regulations, Ch. 375-2-3-.02, regarding “Special Prestige License Plates” (also known as “vanity plates”) to prohibit any references to guns on the plates.

When I looked up the state constitution of Georgia, I discovered that there is indeed a bill of rights section which contains a right to keep and bear arms (Article I, Section I, Paragraph VIII) as well as protections for the freedom of speech (Paragraph V). Of course, government agencies motivated by a desire to impose politically correct speech codes, especially in reference to guns, are unlikely to let inconvenient documents like constitutions stand in the way of their ambitions.

It is revealing that the agency seeks to include guns with a set of items or activities that conventionally draw disapproval, such as alcohol, profanity, drugs, and sexual themes. How is it that a gun, which is a tool that saves lives, has come to be regarded as something obscene? When did this cultural shift take place and who stands to gain from it?

In the spirit of compromise, though, liberty activists should offer a counter-proposal to the Georgia Department of Driver Services: just get rid of license plates altogether, vanity and otherwise. Sure, the agency stands to lose some of its beloved revenue and a convenient tool for tracking citizens’ lives, but that is why they call it “compromise.” At least no one on the road will feel scandalized by anything they see on the tags.

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