Amazon Key and the gun debate

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My gut reaction to the new Amazon Key service is probably shared by a whole lot of people: No, I don't want Amazon (or any other delivery company) having the power to unlock my front door through the Internet.

But I don't think people living in suburban Des Moines are exactly the target market for this service. (It's not actually available here, anyway; at least, not yet.) It makes a lot more sense for people living in areas with higher population densities and more property theft. Here, one would think, it would just be easier to put a locking parcel box on your front porch if you really wanted to protect your deliveries from sticky-fingered crooks.

It speaks, though, to the fact that how you might feel about a service or a rule might hinge on where you live. Amazon Key might be a pretty ridiculous service to offer in a place like Ringgold County -- but it could make lots of sense in a first-ring suburb of Chicago. The flip side to that argument, though, may illustrate why people living in those Chicago suburbs might have totally different feelings about gun ownership than someone living 15 minutes outside of Mount Ayr. 

It's wise to think about how we can live very different lives even when we share the same country. One size very rarely fits all -- whether we're talking about house keys or handguns.

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