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Guns don’t kill people, people kill people

This cliche (in the title) is illogical. Because it says guns don’t kill when in fact it is a weapon created for the purpose of killing. And in place of “guns” one can substitute a great many deadly items, many of which are banned for good reason. For example, if we substitute bombs, mortars, IEDs, rockets, missile, grenades, uranium, plutonium, WMDs, or drugs, etc, that cliche would read:

“Bombs don’t kill people, people kill people.”

“Mortars don’t kill people, people kill people.”

“Grenades don’t kill people, people kill people.”

“Nuclear weapons don’t kill people, people kill people.”

But clearly these do not, and ought not, justify the dissemination of bombs, mortars, grenades, and nuclear weapons to the general public. Nor should that kind of cliche be used to justify the dissemination of all kinds of deadly drugs (“drugs don’t mess people, it’s people that mess people.”)

Clearly, these cliches are not valid statements, since it is the combination of people AND the weapon at hand that kills people. You cannot take just one of these in isolation.

Also, the first statement is literally incorrect, saying “guns don’t kill people,” because they clearly do. How often people been killed or got injured from a gun shot wound, even when no one deliberately fired? Accidents happen. A child holding a loaded gun and not knowing what it will do can lead to the death of a family member. So that means you can’t take ‘people’ or ‘guns’ in isolation. A correct re-statement would instead be something like this:

“A person with a gun who is intent to kill will have a very good chance of carrying out his killing, thanks to the gun’s super-effective killing power.”

Guns are designed for killing, for self-defense as well as for murder.

Of around 10 to 12 thousand Americans killed annually, 67% of these are due to firearms, thanks to the support that firearms provide in making the killing task as easy as 1 2 3.

The Brady Campaign
Guns in the home – They don’t make you safer.

I ain’t for banning all guns, but advocate control, just as grenades, bombs, mortars, etc, are controlled and have their proper place.

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