Guns don’t kill people, people …

Ok kids, into the shallow end of the pool.  We gonna talk bout dem squirreley rifles.

I mean with statements like “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” we have no choice but to engage the shallowest of brain pans, don’t we?  Is there anyone in the modern world, to include half wits, that does not accept the fact that a person must pull the trigger for any gun to operate?  Is there?  If you are one of those people, raise your hand so we can mock and humiliate you.

However, for some reason this is the defense offered by the NRA and gun lobby when gun reforms or assault weapon bans are brought up.  But wait, just as it is for your favorite hymn in church there are always a few more verses that never get sung cause the preacher took to long with his sermon, so it is with the tune carried by the NRA.  Another verse is this: “Alcohol, cars, trains, sleeping pills, (just insert any object here) kill people too, we should ban them.”  And the ever popular 3rd verse, “well then brushes painted the picture, not Picasso, pencils wrote the sonnets, not Shakespeare.”

It’s just so tiring sometimes.  First of all, as my cousin Kate can attest as a pen/writing implement expert, Shakespeare did not write with a pencil.  He used a quill, and I’m all for banning those.  Sorry Kate, but I have to draw the line somewhere.

So we are led to believe the best retort the NRA and gun lobby has is a lot of objects kill, and based on the logic applied to guns, they should be banned as well.  This outlines my problem with the NRA; they treat me like I’m stupid, like I’m from the planet moron.

Wait not this....

Wait not this….

Let me say, I am against banning guns for a lot of reasons.  Read to the end, if you dare, to see said reasons.  But even I, apparent mayor of stupid towne (Linardo 2016!), can see the fallacy of the “….people kill people” argument. Here it is, in simplest form.  Of that list laid out by the NRA: cars, trains, alcohol, medication, baseball bats, rolling pins, and guns, which is the only item, if used properly as prescribed by its manufacturer, is designed solely for the purpose to kill another person?

Waiting…  Gonna need your answer… Ok times up, guns is the answer, we were looking for guns there.  Sorry.  Johnny, tell them what they could have won.

All the items listed above can kill a person, no doubt about that.  All probably have been intentionally used to kill a person.  But none of them, except the gun, were created and designed to kill.  So can we please, for the love of Smith and Wesson, drop the idiotic pretense that guns don’t kill people and were not designed to kill people.  That is in fact the express purpose for their invention and now mass production.  When used properly guns are the most efficient killing weapon ever devised.

And here is why we should not and can not ban them.

First of all, regardless of your interpretation of the 2nd amendment, it has come to be equated with a citizens right to bear arms.  I happen to agree with the interpretation that it was meant for a well armed militia not individuals, but I also believe in this day and age a person or family should be allowed to own a gun to protect themselves, their home, their property.  For those who think owning a gun gives them a chance to defend themselves from the government, you need help, for a lot of reasons.  Most of all because you assume the military would side with the people and not the government.  And you stand no chance against the greatest military ever to walk the earth, my participation in it for 22 years not withstanding.

Second reason: how could you do it?  It’s simply not practical to ban guns.  Not in this country.  Too many of us, too many guns.  The freedom to own one too ingrained.  It is part of our heritage and in my opinion should be embraced.

...this.  This is a gun.

…this. This is a gun.

So look, even though I believe the ability to legally obtain guns did have an impact on Newtown; had his mother not been able to purchase those guns the murderer might have been stymied. Maybe not, but there is a good possibility.  I don’t think banning citizens from legally buying guns will stop much of the gun violence.  Not now, it’s too late, we are too far down the road. Countries like England and Japan, where guns deaths hover anywhere from 11 to 41 a year (as compared to 10,000 a year in the US), got an early jump on gun control.

Countries like Switzerland, where most males have, or are required to have a gun, have almost no gun deaths.  Switzerland had 57 deaths by civilian guns in 2012 with almost 3.5 million civilians owning a gun.  We can’t go the route of Japan and England.  Our horse, as it were, has left the barn already.  I also don’t think we can arm every male like Switzerland.

We have to find another way.  But we’ll never even get the conversation if all we have is “Guns don’t kill people…”

Like wise the gun control lobby has to stop using the term assault weapon.  There is no such thing as it relates to guns.  Every item on the above list is an assault weapon when used on another person with the intent to do harm.  Calling a gun an assault weapon is redundant and generalizing.  It’s almost as dumb as the Guns don’t kill people line.

Weapon?  Only if it's mince meat pie.

Weapon? Only if it’s mince meat pie.

The rolling pin could easily be an assault weapon.  Please don’t ban my rolling pin, because when used properly, it makes pies.  And who among us denizens of planet moron doesn’t like a good pie?

Raise your hands so we can mock and humiliate you.

3 comments on “Guns don’t kill people, people …

  1. joy says:

    AUX states ,les armes à feu sont devenues partie intégrante et patrimoine dans la vie de chaque américain .Que ce soit le pistolet ou bien le fusil d’assaut .Il faut tout interdire sauf pour les personnes ayant des responsabilités ,liées à leur fonction ( policier ,rangers, fbi ,militaires, garde du corps ) . tout peut être une arme .le poing américains bien positinné entre les doigts vous fracasse le visage , une bouteille en verre remplie d’un bon champagne DON PERIGNON .Que je prèfère boire au lieu de le mettre sur la tête de n’importe quel individu .,un chandelier même le rouleau à patisserie , oui mais avec un rouleau on ne tue pas assez vite et on n’élimine pas autant de personnes : pour les fous il faut faire vite et bien Il faut interdire le 2 ième AMENDEMENT de la constitution

  2. Jonathon Tuttle says:

    “which is the only item, if used properly as prescribed by its manufacturer, is designed solely for the purpose to kill another person?” Then most guns must be defective, because ~99.99% never kill a person. Killing people is NOT the only thing guns are for. What about cartridges (bullets)? ~99.9999% never kill a person.

    • fmlinardo says:

      Thanks for the reply Jonathon.

      Not sure I get your logic. Because something is never used for it’s designed purpose means it’s defective? What then, is a gun for if not killing someone? Does it have another intended or designed purpose? Just because a brand new gun sits on a shelf and gathers dust doesn’t mean it is defective or wasn’t designed for the express purpose of killing. I have a golf ball on my shelf I’ve never hit, bit it was still designed to be hit by a golf club and nothing else.

      Also not sure where you get your stats. Over 10,000 gun deaths just in the US in 2012 and you say 99% of guns never kill? And that’s just deaths, that stat says nothing of the people who were shot but survived – people who were intended by the shooter to be dead. You can write as many 9s as you want, it doesn’t make that stat any more believable. By the way 99.9999 is not a mathematically sound or accurate number.

      Is there a gun designed and manufactured solely for target or practice shooting and not for killing? Why are targets in the silhouette of a person?

      An AR 15 can be used for target shooting but it was designed to kill. Designed by ArmaLite for the US Army and sold to Colt for manufacture, if you were in the US Army or USAF, you know it as the M-16. Most of the guns used on military bases around the US will never kill, but that’s what they were made to do, and can do. It takes nothing more than to point it at someone and not the target and it can and will kill. Which was and is it’s intended purpose.

      I don’t know about you, but for my home defense I want a gun designed to kill. Armed criminals won’t give me extra points or leave my family alive for double tapping the center circle. Get past the fact that guns were designed to kill Jonathon, and then lets figure out how to keep all guns out of the hands of madmen while still being able to own them ourselves.

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