Debunking the “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People” Myth

A solid serving of gun myths, debunked with figures and logic. It’s clear that guns just don’t grow legs and start killing people by themselves, but they make it exponentially easier to cause massive damage in very little time. Strange, it’s almost like that was what they were created to do, go figure. In other words, it’s MUCH more likely that some kind of disagreement, either private or public, gets settled with somebody dying, rather than with just some bruises.

In an imperfect world, with imperfect controls and standards, these guns end up causing far more grief and tragedy than they should. Not just that, but the power of suggestion itself in living in a gun-filled environment can affect human decision-making. Humans are easily influenced, despite our own best intentions.

“Let us not split hairs: the purpose of a firearm is to kill—to kill at a distance, to kill with speed, to kill with maximum lethality.  This is a weapon that has been optimized to extinguish life with the minimum amount of effort possible.  And, for whatever reason, America has embraced a social norm that explicitly legitimizes these deaths by providing an unending laundry list of excuses whenever one happens: it was the irresponsible parents, the inadequate firearm training, the bad public policy, and so on.  But it’s never the gun.  And yet, somehow, the U.S. is responsible for 80% of all firearm deaths, 86% of all female firearm deaths, and 87% of all child firearm deaths in the developed world.”

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