“Guns, Guns, Guns” – Clarence Boddicker (Robocop)

bpA short primer for defending yourself in a gun control debate.

1.      Guns kill people…

This mantra (which is not as popular as it used to be) was one used to say why guns were bad. They were designed to kill people (or things) and this makes them inherently evil. Actually, this makes the perfect for defense and inherently neutral. Did you hear about the gun with a will of its own who broke into that ladies house and killed her? Neither did I. A gun, much like any other inanimate object is nothing more than a tool wieldy by a human with good or evil intentions. Guns are objects, they are not good or evil, they are tools.

2.      If we had more gun laws fewer people would die…

Guns are like shark attacks: There aren’t that many of them, but you hear about every single one. There is some inherent financial logic in gun control. If you reduce A you also reduce B. Though this makes work for your personal financial and fitness budgets this does not work for guns. The only thing gun laws do is make it harder for those who follow the law to get one. How many criminals have broken a law?  All of them. Will more gun laws make them think twice? Nope. We can also save lives by having fewer bathtubs, electrical outlets and ladders so people don’t have accidents. Also, if we had banned planes 9/11 wouldn’t have happened.

3.      No one needs to own an “assault weapon”…

No one needs to own a Ferrari either. Assault weapons are just bigger guns. There isn’t anything different about them. More crimes are committed with handguns anyway. We should be able to own assault weapons to protect ourselves, and our families. Whether that’s from criminals or an oppressive government does not matter. An armed society is a polite society.

4.      If “those people didn’t have access to guns those mass shootings wouldn’t have happened…

Ultimately it comes down this: where do we throw the blame?  Who is to be held accountable for this?  In a society where we have to be tolerant of everything it’s amazing what we become intolerant of. The beginning of a mass murder doesn’t start with picking up a gun; it starts with a person making a conscience choice to do something evil. We’re all capable of it, and we all fight our own temptations and sin. However, we can’t point that out in our society; another’s choice isn’t right or wrong it’s just “different”. That’s a good thing. We love being diverse and cultural. If we’re intolerant (gun owners excluded) we are sinful. We don’t dare say that there may be a moral standard that we are held to whether we like it or not.

Murder doesn’t come from the barrel of a gun, but the chambers of the human heart.

“After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.”

~ William S. Burroughs

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