From my uneducated European point of view there is a small disproportion between the treatment of Cheese and weapons here in the US. But I thought that there must be a very good reason behind that ban as America is the land of Freedom and they wouldn’t prohibit something for no good reason. So I made my small investigation.
The problem with a lot of French cheeses (and Italian, Mexican…) is that they are made of raw milk. And the FDA is very clear about the danger of such practices: “raw milk can harbor dangerous microorganisms that can pose serious health risks to you and your family.” This danger has been confirmed by hard evidence. Since 1998, more than 800 people have reported being sick for eating raw milk or raw milk cheeses. This means that 1 person in the whole USA got sick every 6 days. As a consequence for this incredible hazard for public safety, every precaution has been taken. Interstate commerce of raw milk products has been prohibited by the FDA. 20 states have prohibited intrastate commerce. This seems to be an appropriate response for a true hazard.
I then looked into the weapons regulation. Over the last 40 years, an average of 10,000 people per year have been killed by a handgun in the USA. This means that every day 27 persons are killed by a handgun in the USA. This seems to be a lot. So what is the regulation against a trend that is quite shocking. And to my surprise, there was no prohibition. There are some regulations but no prohibition of either interstate or intrastate commerce.
I have to admit; at that point of my investigation I was a bit puzzled. But then I was reminded that is in effect in the US, a two centuries old piece of paper on which someone scribbled something saying “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”. And then I saw the light. This made perfect sense. The irreproachable, the all knowing founding fathers wrote this sentence thus as god Ten Commandments, we shall follow it no matter what. But why did the Founding Fathers forget the Cheeses? A blameless source (Wikipedia) informed me that most of the Founding Fathers were lactose intolerant thus did not think about giving their godlike protection to this delicacy.
As a result of this amazing investigation, I had a few thoughts. I do not agree with the stupid European idea that banning weapons is the solution. No. What needs to be done is to give equal protection to Cheeses. I propose that we all adopt the National Cheese Association (NCA)’s idea that we need to amend the US Constitution and create a subsection in the 2nd amendment that will say: “As well pored glass of wine being necessary to the accomplishment of a good meal, the right of the people to accompany it with cheese shall not be infringed”.