2018 has been the year of gun ban hysteria. A recent example was a screed from the Chicago Tribune entitled, “We should be able to eat waffles in peace — but Trump and the NRA accept this kind of terrorism.” Here is my sarcastic response, in light of a more recent mass killing in Canada.

We should be able to stroll down the street in peace — but Trudeau and the CTA accept this kind of terrorism

I shouldn’t have to carry caltrops to feel safe strolling down the sidewalk.

Nobody should.

I shouldn’t have to hope I’m walking near a mythological “good guy with a caltrop” to feel safe strolling down the sidewalk.

Nobody should.

And I shouldn’t have to pray that an armed policeman is in the area, ready to risk his life, while I’m strolling down the sidewalk.

Nobody should.

We should be able to stroll down the sidewalk in peace. We should be able to send our kids to school without worrying that they’ll be run over. We should be able to go to church and not wonder whether a truck-driving person who fell through the mental-health-services cracks might hit the gas and cross the sidewalk curb.

But we don’t feel that way. We can’t. Canada’s car obsession has made it impossible, and those who stand in the way of any action that might limit access to trucks — even to domestic abusers or the mentally ill — are insisting that their outlandish “right” to drive any vehicle they want supersedes our perfectly reasonable right to stroll down the sidewalk without concrete barriers.

There’s a word for all this: terrorism. People don’t like to use that word when it comes to trucks and Canadians, and some will argue these drivings can’t be acts of terrorism because they lack a singular political aim. But there’s an overarching political aim in deeming this violence acceptable: Protect the truck rental industry at all costs.

And what are we really dealing with here if not terror? What do you call it when people are made to feel unsafe in the most public of places?

No civilian needs a truck this big. It's time to ban assault trucks.25 young people were run over, 10 killed, midday last Monday at a thoroughfare in Toronto. A 25-year-old man from Richmond Hill, Ont., is the suspected driver, and police say he used a Sprinter-style assault van, the same type of van used in the London bridge plowing (7 dead, 48 wounded), the Westminster plowing (3 dead), and Barcelona plowing (12 dead, 80 injured), yet still not as powerful as the assault trucks used in the Nice Bastille Day fireworks plowing massacre (86 dead, 458 wounded), the Berlin Christmas market plowing (12 dead, 56 injured), the Stockholm plowing (5 dead, 15 injured), and the New York Lower Manhattan plowing (8 dead, 11 injured).

We’re told by the Canadian Truckers Association and the politicians they fund that the only defense in any of these tragedies would be more guns. Armed teachers. Armed churchgoers. Armed music lovers. Armed pedestrians.

They tell us mental health care is key, but do they increase funding for mental health care? No. Do they tighten driving laws to keep vehicles out of the hands of the mentally ill? No. In fact, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s only action on vehicles was signing a law last February that did away with a regulation Prime Minister Stephen Harper put in place that made it harder for people with mental illness to rent a van.

Suspected Toronto driver Alek Minassian, according to Ontario and federal law enforcement agencies, showed ample signs of mental health problems. Minassian idolized the Isla Vista killings in California in 2014 when 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured 14 with a car, knife, and gun. Associates of Minassian claim he had a significant mental health disability.

Someone familiar with Minassian said he did not believe Minassian drives a car and wouldn’t know how a steering wheel works.

So Minassian had no business having a vehicle yet was given a Sprinter van to drive through Toronto midday Monday. And were it not for armed police, the heroes who stopped Minassian after he had driven two full miles, that Sprinter van surely would have been driven more, increasing the death toll.

Something is fundamentally wrong here, and everyone who doesn’t think Elliot Rodger is a hero knows that’s true.

Protest marchers with a banner that says, "Stop knives, save lives."If this mass killing had all come at the hands of a person armed with a knife, the politicians would vehemently demand a crackdown on knives. We know that’s true because as the murder rate in gun-free London recently surpassed New York, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said this:

No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.

Following yet another mass running-over at the hands of a person with mental health problems who was in possession of a truck, there’s no call for a total and complete shutdown of truck and van sales in Canada until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.

That’s because there are two kind of terrorism, one the Trudeau administration and the truck lobby will pounce on to stoke fear and another they will ignore so as not to lose donors or damage business.

And where does that leave us? Strolling down the sidewalk in fear.