There is a strangulation hazard for infants in drop down cribs. In 10 years there were at least 32 infants deaths directly attributable to this style of crib, so the standards were changed in 2011. Since 2011 no new cribs have been made with a drop down feature.
When all crib deaths were reviewed there were definitely other causes, such as slat breakage or mattress support issues, but this ruling focused on this one mechanism that seemed to stand out as a cause and have an easy fix.
There was no recall. The government did not go into the homes of people with drop down cribs and forcibly remove them (there were about 7 million in circulation), but companies had to stop making drop down cribs. People who want to use their neighbor’s old crib can, but they can not buy a new drop down crib anywhere.
People are completely free to keep using an older drop down cribs that they already own, but the CPSC does however provide some safety suggestions for that situation.
The government didn’t take away the right of parents to have cribs in general and did not go into their homes and tell them how to parent their children or how to put them to sleep for that matter, they jut stopped the manufacture of one particular crib model that was associated with death by a specific mechanism.
Now let’s look at AR-15 style semi-automatic rifles that can fire off a 100 rounds in minutes. A rifle that was used in four recent mass shootings including the very recent Orlando, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, and Aurora, Colorado. A rifle that caused 103 deaths in those four mass shootings.
Mass shootings are a very specific mechanisms of death, like strangulation from a drop down crib.
There are about 9 million AR-15s in circulation. There were 7 million drop down cribs.
An AR-15 is, in many states, almost as easy to get as a crib.
If we banned the manufacture of AR-15s and AR-15 style rifles there would be fewer mass shooting deaths because in the United States these shootings typically happen with a newly purchased weapon. The AR-15 style weapons are currently very inexpensive, some can be purchased for about $200 online. If no new AR-15s were made the resale price would rise steeply and one additional safety measure could be the requirement that resales be done through very specific dealers who have completed a certification in better identifying who might be a potential mass shooter. And a waiting period for background checks.
It should be illegal to manufacture AR-15 style rifles in the United States.
This doesn’t mean people can’t have guns, just that we shouldn’t be making any more of the one weapon that is often the cause of death by one particular mechanism and the resale of the ones left in circulation should be closely monitored.