You’re right. Guns are inanimate objects and they do not, in fact, have the ability to operate on their own nor the consciousness to harbor malicious intent.
People Kill People.
People are not inanimate objects and people do operate on their own and they do possess the consciousness required to have malicious intent.
People Kill People With Guns.
“People could use other weapons if they didn’t have guns! It wouldn’t make a difference!”
Yes. People could use other weapons if they didn’t have a gun. A knife, for example.
Guns are quicker, easier and more efficient. Guns are used in MASS MURDERS.
49 killed, June 12, 2016, Orlando Florida Nightclub
32 killed, Apr 16, 2007, Virginia Tech
27 killed, Dec 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School
18 killed, August 1, 1966, University of Texas
13 killed, Apr 20, 1999 – Columbine
17 killed today, February 14th, 2018 at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School.
They all happened within minutes. They all happened before the cops could get there to stop them from happening. So sure, people could kill people with other weapons, but not like this!
“People who do things like this will still get their hands on guns if they are illegal, just like people still buy illegal drugs!”
That may be true, but it would still drastically decrease the frequency at which we are faced with these tragic events.
“Making guns illegal won’t make a difference!”
Really? Tell that to Australia.
In April 1996, 35 people were killed by a gunman, Martin Bryant, wielding semi-automatic weapons at a former prison colony and tourist attraction in Tasmania, Australia. The Port Arthur massacre caused outrage throughout Australia, causing their government to ACTUALLY TAKE A STAND AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
As of 1996 Australia has 28-day waiting periods, thorough background checks, and a requirement to present a “justifiable reason” to own a gun. And “Self-Protection” isn’t considered a valid reason like it is here in the U.S.
There hasn’t been a mass shooting in Australia since.
THERE HAS NOT BEEN A MASS SHOOTING IN AUSTRALIA IN 22 YEARS!
The U.S. has seen 30 Mass Shootings in 2018 alone and it’s only FEBRUARY!
“It’s our constitutional right to own a gun”
Yes. Okay. You got me. It’s in the Constitution.
Do you know why the second amendment exists?
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
This doesn’t seem well regulated anymore. Nor is everyone in the country part of the “Militia”. We also aren’t talking about a goddamn musket anymore, we’re dealing with semi automatic weapons that kill large quantities of people in mere MINUTES.
DO SOMETHING AMERICA! Get your trigger happy heads out of your asses and admit that guns ARE A PROBLEM. It’s not the guns fucking FAULT but when someone has an alcohol problem, you take the alcohol away. America has a gun problem. TAKE THE FUCKING GUNS AWAY.