If it’s the gun…

How many times have I heard that it’s not the gun, it’s the people? But it is the gun. Without the gun there would be no shooting. That’s such an obvious fact — why can’t people see that?
Al Duerig

Then why haven’t 55 million to 120 million gun owners with at least 400 million firearms depopulated the nation?

Tens of millions of gun owners with 40% of the world’s small arms didn’t kill anyone today. If it’s the gun, why not?

In 2016 11,004 people were murdered with firearms. 64% of the killers had prior felony convictions. 88-91% of the firearms used were stolen, which means as many as 91% of the killers were criminals before pulling the trigger.

Just 7% of convicted criminals obtained their firearms through lawful channels. The rest broke laws restricting the purchase and possession of firearms.

55-120 million honest gun owners did not. If it’s the gun, why not?


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3 thoughts on “If it’s the gun…”

  1. Can’t find the meme, but it read “I saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was ‘Shindler’s List’ “. And he will never understand that, or at least not in the near future.

    He misses so many points so completely that my brain hurts – the stupid burns. There is murder and there is killing, the former morally unjustified and the latter morally justified. Kristalnacht replays will not happen in an armed society, especially in Korea Town. More are murdered from attacks with weapons that aren’t firearms than with. How does one defend against someone physically stronger? Or against several? Or when your 5 year old child wraps their arms around your leg in fear? Or when you’re pregnant? Or limping about on a broken leg?

    He projects his own actions. If he owned a gun, he knows he would yield to temptation and use it to murder, to bully, to intimidate; he knows he is not to be trusted with such a powerful tool.

    After more than 20 years of gun ownership, to date, I have not been tempted to murder. Anyone.

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