It was just a matter of time before we were forced to write this ridiculous post. You knew it was coming, we knew it was coming...and now the day has finally arrived that some extreme leftist has called for the banning of automobiles as a means of preventing terrorist attacks...you know, because the person driving the vehicles couldn't possibly be to blame.
And while you may think such logic would be reserved for the kookiest of liberal activists living in an isolated commune some 100 miles from any established commercial interests, it actually came from a reputable columnist, Eva Franchell, writing for a large Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet.
Per a translation from Breitbart London, Franchell's opinion piece referred to automobiles as "effective murder machines" that must be banned at once if our world leaders are truly committed to the cause of fighting terrorism.
Instead, it is cars — which she calls “effective murder machines” — that Franchell says “must simply be removed from city centres and places where people gather, if people are to be protected in future”.
Vehicles are “easy to steal, and so nothing has been able to stop their advance”, writes Ms. Franchell.
“It just isn’t reasonable that a big truck can be driven right into one of Stockholm’s busiest streets on a Friday afternoon right before Easter.”
Yup, not reasonable at all that a motorist would be permitted to utilize a road...outrageous when you really think about it.
Moreover, proving that she gave this some thought, which is actually far worse than if it were some irrational, kneejerk reaction to a horrible crime, Franchell goes on to explain that "mobility" issues could be solved purely with public transportation and that deliveries could just be made when "people aren't out on the streets."
Noting how it is a popular destination for tourists, Franchell says the city centre must be a “safe environment” for visitors to enjoy. She described it as “remarkable” that it is possible to drive around the Swedish capital’s medieval old town.
Outlining her vision for a car-free Stockholm, she argues: “Most problems with regards to mobility and public transport can be solved, and deliveries to shops and restaurants could take place at times when people aren’t out on the streets.”
“Vehicles have been allowed to dominate our cities for decades and it’s the people who need space. It’s vital now that cars be regulated,” the piece concludes.
Meanwhile, Karolina Skog went so far as to adapt the car ban to other popular liberal narratives by suggesting that there existence is really an issue of gender discrimination...
“Cars are driven largely by men so by giving a lot of space to cars; we’re giving a lot of space to men — at the expense of women,” Karolina Skog explained.
What more is there to say really? We could point out that the logical conclusion of Franchell's proposal would be the ban of almost everything that could be used as a weapon, from rocks to computer monitors, but we kind of need our monitors.