A Serious Discussion About Assault Vehicles


Americans are in love with anything on wheels. This is the country of the Corvette and the Hog where driving fast is considered a national birthright despite the toll in lives and pollutants. But when tragedy strikes it is important for us to set aside the political rhetoric and have a serious discussion about assault vehicles.

Let’s talk about motorcycles.

Unlike cars, motorcycles have no practical purpose. No one commutes to work on a motorcycle. No one drives to pick up their children from soccer practice on a motorcycle. But for some people a motorcycle is a symbol of their masculinity and that symbol has become death on wheels.

Americans are in love with motorcycles. 9 percent of Americans own 11 million motorcycles as part of the 18 billion dollar motorcycle industry. Some Americans even own more than one motorcycle, even though one motorcycle is the most that any normal person could possibly need.

Motorcycle deaths have risen sharply in the last ten years and the motorcycle industry is to blame for preventing us from addressing this horrifying epidemic of highway death.

In 1994, there were 2,320 motorcycle deaths. In 2012 that number increased to 4,500 as the assault vehicles greased their wheels with the blood of innocent men, women and children.

1 in 7 US traffic deaths is now caused by the motorcycle. Or what we should properly rename the Assault Cycle. Unfortunately movies like Easy Rider glamorize motorcycle culture and the motorcycle industry preys on the vulnerable male psyche as riders chase after some escapist fantasy of personal autonomy.

Motorcycle culture has always been associated with violence, and the escalating death toll now threatens our moral standing as a country. But perhaps tragedy will serve as a wake-up call.

In Fairfield, California, an off-duty California Highway Patrolman was killed in a collision with a pickup truck. In Duarte, California, former MLB pitcher Frank Pastore died of injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident.  In Florence, Kentucky, a motorcycle driver lost control of his assault vehicle and collided with a utility pole. In Tarpon Springs, Florida, a woman riding as a passenger on the back of a motorcycle fell off and was run over by a passing vehicle. These are just a few of the deaths caused by Assault Cycles that have taken place in the last week.

We cannot meet these awful tragedies with apathy. Only immediate unthinking action will suffice. A serious dialogue must begin in which all options are on the table.

No one is talking about completely banning the motorcycle, except for those who are, but we must work together to reach a sensible solution. Motorcycle owners will still be able to keep and even drive their toys, but we must take action against the deadliest overpowered assault cycles with too much horsepower.

There is no reason for any law-abiding motorcycle owner to own one of the “superbikes” whose accident rate is 30 times higher than that of cars. These insanely overpowered assault vehicles, such as the Suzuki GSXR1000 and the Kawasaki Ninja, are literal killing machines. Although assault cycles only account for 10 percent of the motorcycles on the road, they account for 25 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents.

200 horsepower is far too much for any legitimate street bike and it’s time that our elected officials stood up to the motorcycle industry and said no to the Assault Cycle.

And it cannot end there.

As pernicious as motorcycle culture is, car culture is even deadlier. Millions of children will grow up coughing and wheezing from asthma attacks because they live near a highway. And many more will die in the daily car accidents that mar our nation’s roads, bridges and tunnels.

Americans are in love with their Assault Sedans and their Murder Hatchbacks.  The U.S. had 246 million registered vehicles for just 209 million drivers in a country of 311 million. There is no better evidence of the power of car culture than the fact that some people actually own more than one car.

40,000 people die in car crashes a year. That’s 400,000 a decade or 4 million over a century. That is the grim ugly face of America’s macabre love affair with cars. America leads the world in car ownership, aside from Monaco, and if we are going to take a horrible place like Monaco as our role model, then there is no hope for America.

The children, the most innocent among us, are the real victims of America’s insane car culture.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children from 2 to 14 years old. An average of 6 children die every day in car crashes… and 700 more are injured. Some of those injuries will cripple them for life.

Any decent person, even a car owner, can’t help but look at these statistics and demand immediate unthinking action of some kind.

No one is talking about banning all cars, but there’s no reason for a law-abiding driver to own a car that goes faster than 35 miles per hour. Above that speed is when most fatal accidents occur and closing that speed loophole will save millions of lives.

Cars that travel faster than 35 miles per hour, let’s call them Assault Vehicles, have no purpose except to cater to a sick car culture that values speed over the lives of innocent children. We owe it to our children to give them a better world.

An assault vehicle ban will also be good for the environment. Some drivers will discover that they can get to work faster by riding a bike than by driving their fume-spewing murder machines.

Speaking of bicycles, there has unfortunately been a sharp rise in cyclist deaths. I remember many hours of joy riding my bike up and down the street as a child, but these innocent vehicles are being upstaged on the road by killing machines that have very little in common with my 12 inch Huffy.

I have never understood why there must be any bikes with more than 6 speeds. The bike industry, the bike lobby and the bike culture is irresponsibly pushing multi-speed bikes that are completely unnecessary. These Assault Bicycles which have 18 speeds exist only to kill.

It might be best if we put an end to vehicle culture altogether. It might be best if everyone just walked. So long as they walk responsibly.

The number of pedestrian deaths has risen sharply in 2012 and the problem may lie with what I like to call, Assault Walking, or walking too fast, not to mention Assault Running.

To all the paranoid alarmists out there, no one is talking about banning you from going on a light jog or even a brisk walk; so long as you keep it under the speed indicated on your government issued Citizen Pedometer. If you wish to walk faster than that, you will have to apply for a license, undergo a psychological evaluation, give up your health insurance and then wait six weeks.

America is a great country, but we can be an even greater country if we just banned everything.

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  • http://twitter.com/jfshaughnessy @jfshaughnessy

    Very good observations, I've often wondered why the Kennedy Clan is not more afraid of airplanes than firearms, when considering the inanimate items that have taken that family’s lives…..Need we talk footballs, skis and trees?

    • kafir4life

      Cher Bono might agree with you on the skis and trees…….and the guns of course.

      "I can't ski babe"

      • http://twitter.com/jfshaughnessy @jfshaughnessy

        Just to Clarify:

        Direct Kennedy Klan Member Deaths from Air Crashes:

        Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
        Kathleen Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington
        Michael Kennedy
        (While not a death in an airplane, many believe Michael Kennedy was “catching air” at the moment of his collision with a tree, so I have included him here)
        Carolyn Jeanne Bessette-Kennedy
        Lauren Bessette (collateral damage)

        Honorable Mention/Near Miss:
        Teddy Kennedy, plane wreck in 1964

        Kennedy Klan Deaths from Firearms:
        JFK
        RFK

        • http://twitter.com/jfshaughnessy @jfshaughnessy

          Shinola.

          How could I have forgotten John John "The Pilot Kennedy" from my list?

          So sorry, I have not had my third cup of coffee yet this morning.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Some Americans even own more than one motorcycle, even though one motorcycle is the most that any normal person could possibly need."

    That's "socially unjust," unless they vote Democrat.

  • Formaw NewYawkaw

    These recommendations will occur more slowly in N YC because when they spill their slip-inducing sugary drink on the slippery slope, it will be limited to a reasonable amount, not like the assault-sized Big Gulp.

  • Daffyd

    There is one difference between an assault vehicle and an assault gun. The gun is designed to do one thing: kill lots of people fast. Assault vehicles are just designed to entertain knuckleheads.

    • patron

      First this article is satire to point out the cynicism involved with the anti-gun advocates.

      Concerning your issue, there's hunting and target shooting. Specific cars and motorcycles were designed for just that, kill lots of people, by the Nazis when they were planning the invasion of Poland. Ask any ER trauma doctor, and car wrecks are the most horrific injuries.

      Using your standard, there are a lot of other products and materials which meet that criteria. Consider the crimes with bipartisan support like drugs, terrorist charities, and child rape videos are illegal, often involving the death penalty, and are an ever increasing plague on society.

      The popular liberal argument is that semi-automatic rifles and shotguns are designed to only kill many people. That argument relies on the belief that evil monsters do not exist and criminalizing weapons would take them out of monsters hands. Drug cartels would destroy people who cannot fight back.

      BTW there's a difference between the atom bomb, which can kill millions indiscriminately, and BAR, which can take out the cartel hit squad invading your home.

      • PhillipGaley

        You must be nuts because it's not satire—it's the truth.

        The only point concerning which I would quarrel with him concerns his: "bikes that are completely unnecessary.". He's just making a blanket judgement, unsupported in reason, . . . when, except for Valerie Bowman Jarrett, or Nancy Pelosi, or Hillary Clinton, or Justice Kagan, and some few thousand others and their thralls, who can say which bikes are "completely unnecessary"—ya' dig?

    • RedWhiteAndJew

      No, a gun is designed to launch a projectile along a ballistic path in a controlled fashion.

      Motorcycles can be operated responsibly. If motorcycle riders operated their vehicles with the same level of responsibility and respect as gun owners their firearms, there would be fewer motorcycle-related deaths.

    • gman213

      I have 4 guns and I have owned them for more than 20 years. Those guns have never killed anyone as you suggest is what they are designed to do. I guess my guns are defective.

  • kafir4life

    The Lion of the Senate…..Teddy Kennedy…….Adored by women everywhere…….Used a car for his confirmed kill in the war on women.

    • Mary Sue

      Reminds me of something Denis Leary said in a routine on his No Cure For Cancer album:

      "Good senator, but a bad date. 'What did I forget? ….. OH THE ___ING GIRL! Geez! Where's my pants? Holy s___!'"

  • David R

    "Cars that travel faster than 35 miles per hour, let’s call them Assault Vehicles, have no purpose except to cater to a sick car culture that values speed over the lives of innocent children. We owe it to our children to give them a better world."

    Daniel, while I do agree with much of what you write on this suject, I have to mention that we travel to a very distant city 16 hours away by car…and often get there literally pooped.
    I'd hate to cover the same trek at 35 mph…would probably die from exhaustion or dehydration! That would be another form of death-inducing assault!
    But I gather you meant 35 as a city speed limit and not on the highway ;-) I fully agree on that.

    Merry Christmas to all the staff at FPM and its readers and posters.

  • David R

    Oh and I forgot…happy Hannuka to our blessed Jewish friends! May God bless you all in abundance and guide your president in wisdom and truth.

  • crackerjack

    Here we go again with the usual assault-vehicle, kitchen knife mantra. The purpose of these sideshows is to stop any form of comprehensive debat in its tracks and avoid addressing the real problems at hand.

    Consider this. US motorcycle fatalities are perfectly within the rates of all comparable nation. US arms homicides are 20-30 times higher those of all comparable nations.

    Were US motocycle fatalities to be 20-30 times higher than in all comparable countrys, nobody would accept this situation. US authorities and motorcycle owners would be busy working together on concepts to make motorcycling safer, but certainly not accepting the situation with reference to the fact that firearms are also responsible for the loss of human life. The same would go for a 20-30 higher fatality rate through home fires, electrocution, any form of disease, drug abuse etc.

    Isn't it strange how perspectives suddenly change when it comes to firearms?

    • patron

      Key word is comparable nation, which in this case is Iceland who has much smaller wealth, immigration, land or population, or totalitarian China with their fraudulent statistics and death penalty to political activists and drug dealers.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The US has a higher number of road traffic deaths than every country with a smaller population except for Brazil.

      Not that comparable statistics even matter. Different cultures and economic conditions make such comparisons mostly worthless.

      • crackerjack

        Comparable nations are England, Germany, France, Japan, Switzerland, Denmark,Spain, etc. Or would you compare the USA to Mexico, Ukrainia and Mongolia, Mali, Uganda?

        • RedWhiteAndJew

          As has been already pointed out, such comparisons yield very little worthwhile info wrt gun matter, for reasons which have also been elucidated.

    • RedWhiteAndJew

      No firearm is responsible for the loss of human life. Inanimate objects can't be responsible for anything.

      With regard to these meaningless ratios you keep waving around like a pair of torn long johns on a tree branch, I put to you that the number of gun-related deaths in the US:

      1) are grossly inflated by the fact that a great many, if not the majority, of these deaths occur in places where it was illegal for the assailant (and most importantly, the victim) to go armed. In other words, burdensome anti-gun laws did not prevent, but rather contributed to these deaths.

      2) ignore the 2 million plus assaults, annually, which are ended by the lawful use of a firearm.

      3) are as worthy of comparison with gun-involving fatalities in other locales, as lug nuts with peanuts. As has been pointed out by myself and others on numerous occasions, the only comparisons with yield any useful data, are those before and after onerous and gun-related civil rights laws are passed in a given place. In the UK and Australia, where such laws were passed, violent crime went up up up up UP, as the song says. But it would make as much sense to draw conclusions from comparing the UK and Australia, as it would the US and either one. Do you know what ceteris paribus means?

      • crackerjack

        Motorcycles don't kill, humans do. Which is why motocycle riding is regulated through drivers licenses, traffic laws, speed restriction, construction specifications and age limits. Violation of the rules leads to fines and license suspension.

        The same goes for all walks of life that could lead to human injury or death. Aircraft regulation, construction regulation, food regulation, fire regulation, crowd regulation, hygiene regulation………etc.

        And if anti-gun regulations increase gun related deaths, please expalin highly gun regulated Japan's 0,09 gun related deaths in comparison to the US's 29,8. That's population corrected annually 6 Japanes deaths v.s 10 000 US deaths. Ceteris paribus.

        • RedWhiteAndJew

          Irresponsible use of motorcycles kill. Mishaps with motorcycles kill. You're right, it's not the motorcycle that kills, and even though there is inherent risk involved in their use, they are not banned outright. That motorcycles are regulated in various ways changes none of the preceding facts, as well. It is the same with guns. I'm glad to see you're coming to your senses!

          Far from the odd perception you seem to have, though, there are regulations involving firearms. They might not be as burdensome, intrusive, for unconstitutional as you would like, but they are there.

          The Japan bromide has been put to rest already. If you missed the postings by readers, and the entire article dedicated to the subject, go back and look. It appears you still don't know what ceteris paribus means.

    • Mary Sue

      because gang members shooting each other somehow has to do with law abiding gun owners.

      • Mary Sue

        forgot to add [/sarcasm]

      • crackerjack

        All comparable nation have the same gang problems Mary Sue. The difference is that French, German or British gang members don't have easy access to firearms.

  • dustydog

    Mr. Greenfield, I applaud your courage and fearless speaking Truth to Power. The Fast Walkers Association has a money grip on Washington, and the halls of Congress are filled with their fast walking minions.

    I did want to bring an important safety issue to your attention: Assault Crawling. America has an epidemic of babies, too young to toddle, racing around homes at breakneck speeds. One survey found an astonishing 5,000,000-fold increase in the incidence of babies getting into trouble once they learn to crawl.

  • Keith Jordan

    I have two neighbors who commute to work by motorcycle. I've also seen my boss doing that.

  • Edward Cline

    Daniel's right: All wheeled vehicles, even bicycles, should be banned or so heavily regulated that they may as well be banned. Aside from all the horrific casualty numbers he cites, he overlooked the outrageous rise in medical costs of treating the injured in hospitals. An additional social cost to treat these careless, selfish drivers and their hapless victims is seen in rising medical charges, which others are forced to pay, and these costs will rise under ObamaCare. Social justice and fairness and economic equity require that these costs be minimalized as much as possible. Exemptions from a ban on mobility would, of course, apply to our elected and non-elected elite, who, in the course of wisely and tirelessly managing the nation, need top-drawer vehicles of all kinds, including jet planes and transportation for their corps of janissaries (i.e., the Secret Service).

    • Cynicles

      bravo

  • pinnie99

    I FEEL > A WINDOW, ALTHOUGH DOCILE, IS A DANGER TO MANY….HAVING A BAD DAY…ONE MIGHT JUMP OUT!!
    PISSED OFF> U MIGHT "CHUCK "SOMEONE OUT OF IT…WE HAVE TO BAN THESE OBNOXIOUS "PANES"OF TERROR…MANY A CHILD HAS TAKEN THE DEADLY PLUNGE…YET WE KEEP INSTALLING THEM WITH SELFISH RIGHTOUSNESS.WE WANT LIGHT AND DONT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE DANGER THEY PRESENT.

    NEGLECTFUL PARENTS…STUPID FRIENDS…MENTALLY DERANGED…..ARE NOT THE PROBLEM.

    ITS THE QUIET,SNEAKY, PLAIN, LIGHT GIVING WINDOW, THAT HAS TAKEN THE LIVES OF MANY.

    WHAT HAVE, WE AS A NATION BECOME???

  • American Patriot

    And don't forget about banning pools cuz lots of people drown in them.

  • Edward Cline

    All right: Everyone just freeze! Don't move! Stand still! Don't even blink! The only way we can save the economy and lives is for everyone to just freeze. Aides will be around shortly to collect everything deemed a risk or a hazard to the lives of others. And you thought Directive 10-289 from Atlas Shrugged was wild imagination? Think again. Atlas Shrugged is Obama's playbook, and he's following the plot in detail.

  • Smitty

    They should ban roller blades immediately. Far too many accidents. As for motorcycles, I plan to do my part to lower the murder rate by putting my Honda up for sale tomorrow and walk to work.

  • Smitty

    Right…..in a pig's eye! Danny, you should have been a bit more sardonic. Too many people will take you seriously.

  • http://americankafir.com/ waltjr

    I love it!!! Great work Daniel!!!

  • Michael

    As a motorcyclist, I find this article inexcusably inaccurate and obviously hateful towards someone like me; a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, reliable and recognized employee, US CITIZEN & TAXPAYER.

    Don't generalize, you appear to be stupid, like a young Democrat (how does THAT feel?)

    I received the same opportunity for an education as you. Why did I get so much more out of it than you?

    Such a dissappointment to have low-minded people like you to have as a fellow American.

    • Mary Sue

      the entire article was satirical, intended to poke fun at those who make similar arguments about guns.

  • Alex Kovnat

    We note that many adolescents (and older people too) are killed, or kill others, in car accidents involving driving while texting.

    Ergo: Ban cell phones capable of texting :)

  • ZionistLibertarian

    I think the car lobby, motorcycle lobby, bicycle lobby and pedestrian lobby are all part of a vast Zionist conspiracy.

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    Blast it all David, it's not the motorcycles that kill, it's the sudden stop at the end of the collision. I'm so disappointed in this article, shame on you. It's not the ride, whether two wheeled or four, it's the gravity we need to ban or severely regulate. As Americans, we can be justly proud of our ability to defeat terror. We have also been very heroic in our wars against drugs, Christmas, women and stupidity. So, why not fight the good fight against gravity? It's obviously a matter of national concern and safety and it can be for the children also. After we defeat gravity, we can mobilize our resources against impetus and momentum. C'mon people, we have work to do!

    • ZionistLibertarian

      Gravity is controlled by the Jews.

    • RobinClay

      It's not the fault of gravity !

      The real cause is Newton's First Law of Motion:- Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.

      This Law should be repealed a.s.a.p. !

      It's not MORE regulation that is needed; it's LESS !

      • ZionistLibertarian

        Isaac Newton was a Zionist. Just look at his first name.

    • Cynicles

      New to hyperbole & sarcasm, eh?

  • Thomas Wells

    When motorcycles are outlawed, only bikers will have motorcycles. Ride on!

  • Alex Kovnat

    Now, I would really like to drop a bomb. We all know the tragic consequences of driving, motorcycling, motorboating or airplane-flying under the influence of alcohol. We know how many lives are ruined by alcoholism. So the answer to the above (***Sound of Trumpets***)

    PROHIBITION!

  • tagalog

    Where is the national conversation on laws mandating the wearing of motorcycle helmets for safety?

    How about motorcycle seat belts?

    How about a ban on left turns?

  • knucklehead

    And motorcycle air bags! Oh, wait, that's right — some motorcycles have them already…

  • Thomas Wells

    A terrifying fact ,confirmed by government statistics, is that hundreds of thousands of Americans are senselessly killed and crippled-in bathrooms. We may not have the political will to ban bathrooms today, but there are first steps that we can take. We must limit the number of people a bathroom can hold ,and limit the amount of time anyone person can stay in one. Mandatory safety measures must be put in place and enforced, such as seat belts and airbags on toilets. All bathroom doors must open inward and have locks.Floors must be lined with down pillows. Only in this way,my fellow Americans, will we be able to rest in peace.

  • Ghostwriter

    I remember that that quote from "All in the Family" about gun violence that is frequently been in use as of late around here. I think it was Gloria that said "There were hundreds of people who were murdered last year because of gun violence." To which Archie quickly retorted "Would it make you feel better,little girl if they jumped out of windows?" And I direct that quote to crackerjack.

    • Mary Sue

      actually it was "…if they was pushed from outta windas" (jumping indicates suicide rather than murder anyway)

    • Mary Sue

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzFWRPiNXOI the clip in question. (it's actually pushed outta windas)

    • Ghostwriter

      Thanks for the clip,Mary Sue. I appreciate it.

  • RobinClay

    Regardless of how you feel about gun laws you gotta love this! This is one of the best comeback lines of all time. It is a portion of a radio interview between a female broadcaster and a General who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military headquarters.

    FEMALE INTERVIEWER:
    So, General, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?

    GENERAL:
    We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery and shooting.

    FEMALE INTERVIEWER:
    Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?

    GENERAL:
    I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range.

    FEMALE INTERVIEWER:
    Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?

    GENERAL:
    I don't see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.

    FEMALE INTERVIEWER:
    But you're equipping them to become violent killers.

    GENERAL:
    Well, Ma'am, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you?

    The radio went silent and the interview ended.

    OK, so it's fiction… but "many a true word…"

  • steve b

    What no one really needs are Democrats. Think of the carnage that they have caused in the past 100 years and let's ban them.

  • JoshH

    I've been reading FrontPagemag daily for over 2 years and this is the best article I've ever read.

  • Jake Tobias

    One of my brother-in-laws insisted, most motorcycle accidents are caused by car drivers. Either by not looking carefully enough when switching lanes, because motorcycles are less visible, or deliberately trying to intimidate. And sometimes, deliberately sideswiping them. Which is why some motorcyclists wear those chains on their shoulders; to intimidate car drivers with the threat of lashing the side of their car.

    Don't ask me, ask him.

    Well, you could ask him. Unfortunately, that brother-in-law is dead. He died of a fatal heart attack on a Monday, at work.

    So I think we should outlaw work. Oh, wait, I forgot. Obama's working on that. Is my face red. But couldn't Obama just outlaw Mondays instead?