It’s Time We Put An End To The Ridiculous Argument That “Guns Don’t Kill People”

gun-nuts3Gun fanatics are easily some of the most irrational people I often come across. These are people who look at a deadly inanimate object with actual admiration and affection. Just look at these open carry advocates. These are people who dedicate themselves not to ending homelessness or feeding starving children, but to the belief that people should have the right to openly carry guns with them at all times – basically everywhere. These are people so obsessed with guns that concealed carry isn’t good enough. For them it’s not even about the right to carry a gun in public, it’s about the right to openly carry their guns.

There’s a line that’s often used by gun fanatics which is easily one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard: “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” It’s often accompanied by the ridiculous belief that if we’re going to blame guns for gun violence then we should blame spoons for obesity as well. Yes, because a gun and a spoon are exactly the same thing, right?

The clear message from this absurd rhetoric is that a gun isn’t harmful unless it’s used by a human – which is true. Then again, neither is a grenade, a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) or a 10 pound brick of C-4.

Currently we have over 300 million guns in this country and lead the modernized world in gun violence – by a lot. It’s never made any sense to me how gun advocates claim guns make us more safe, when it’s clear that the reason we lead the modernized world in gun violence is because we have more guns than every other country. It’s a question I like to ask, “If 300 million guns won’t put an end to gun-related homicides, then how may will it take?”

But then I have to ask, what if Americans owned over 300 million RPG’s, grenades or bricks of C-4 – would that make us more or less safe as a society? What would happen if I waved a magic wand and saturated our country with these types of violent and deadly weapons?

Would violent crime go up or down? Would homicides rise or fall?

And let’s not forget that grenades, RPG’s and C-4 are essentially harmless unless a human uses them for some sort of nefarious means… just like guns.

So, using the “logic” of the gun fanatic, would our society be “safer” if we saturated it with 300 million highly volatile and explosive devices?

Of course not. 

Imagine for a moment if someone were able to get their hands on a box of grenades by simply strolling into their local Walmart. How might that work out for this country? Thankfully, that’s not possible…

Because that would be completely idiotic and extremely dangerous.

Yet almost anyone can stroll into one of these stores, buy a semi-automatic rifle and a pack of ammunition and be on their merry way to do who knows what with it.

Ultimately the answer we get is that gun advocates are partially right but they don’t understand how to fully apply their logic; it’s not just the deadly object that causes gun violence, it’s the easy access to that deadly object combined with a society filled with criminals that leads to gun-related violence.

That is exactly why we need tighter gun regulations – not to punish the responsible gun owners, but to make it far more difficult for criminals and those suffering from mental illness to get their hands on deadly weapons. Besides, how is making someone wait a few days to get a gun “punishing” them? If you’re in such fear for your life that you need a gun immediately – call the police. And if you are one of these people who claims “my house doesn’t call 911” because of your guns – you’re probably too mentally unstable to own guns in the first place.

Sadly, as long as gun fanatics continue to deny that guns have anything to do with gun violence, we’re never going to be able to get sensible regulations passed. This isn’t about “punishing gun owners,” it’s about using common sense and understanding that we should be doing everything we can to make sure guns only fall into the hands of responsible gun owners. That doesn’t happen in a society where gun laws are so lenient that all it really takes to obtain a gun is a 15 minute trip to any local Walmart.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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