The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

Stop rampaging rental cars


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 27, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Rented vehicles have been mowing down, killing and maiming too many people. 

Something needs to be done. A rented Ryder van just killed 10 and injured 16 in Toronto. A rented Home Depot truck mowed down pedestrians in New York City – eight dead, 13 wounded.

A London rented truck killed one, wounded 10. A rented truck killed 12, injured 48 at a Berlin Christmas Market.

Dozens killed by a rented truck in Nice, France. Another rental mowed down 11 at Ohio State. A truck rental slaughtered four in Stockholm.

Westminster was the site of a rented vehicle killing of four. Central London experienced a rental massacre of eight.

Al Qaeda encourages Western recruits to rent trucks as weapons. “The ultimate mowing machine,” they chant.

ISIS’ Abu Mohammad al-Adnani calls for more lone wolf rented vehicle attacks.

The National Rental Association (NRA) has blood on their hands. We must demonize rental CEO’s, their children – and politicians who take campaign contributions from the NRA.

Enough is enough.

We need comprehensive vehicle rental reform. Mandatory background checks. Close the rental-auction-show loophole.

We need these rental weapons-of-mass destruction off the road.

Protests and boycotts of Ryder, Home Depot, Enterprise and U-Haul  are required to send the “never again” message. 

The ultimate goal is to confiscate, destroy and ban these rental killing machines. No one needs a rented vehicle of mayhem at their home.

There oughta be a law.

Sound absurd? Think again.

Michael Velsmid
Peachtree City