Guns Don’t Save Lives

So, guess what? Guns don’t save lives.

“What?! But you’re pro gun. You’re pro 2nd Amendment! How can you say guns don’t save lives?”

Before you freak and leave, hear me out…

I hear all these stats on the number of lives that guns have saved. They’re awesome stories and it’s wonderful that people survived an attack, but the gun didn’t save their life. They saved their own. Or someone saved it for them – with a gun.

We hear, many times, the old saying “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” Earlier this week someone said to me “If guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Then is it true that toasters don’t toast toast, toast toasts toast.?”

To which I replied “Toasters don’t toast toast. They toast bread.”

It’s a ridiculous analogy. Not just because it’s true that toasters don’t toast toast, but for the analogy to work with the gun analogy, the gun analogy would have to say “People don’t gun people, guns gun guns.”

So, what I was saying… Guns don’t save lives. People save lives. Just as the means by which people kill may be guns, the means by which people defend themselves and save lives may be guns. It’s not the object itself that does it.

Hammers don’t build houses, people do – with a hammer.
Coffee makers don’t brew coffee, people do – with a coffee maker.
Books don’t educate, people educate themselves – with a book. A person has to read it before it can educate them.

Guns don’t kill people, people do – with guns, knives, hammers, their hands, etc.

The analogies are endless. People save lives. Guns don’t.

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