by Steve Ray on September 19, 2010

If guns kill people … do pencils misspell words?

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April September 20, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Guns are the leading cause of gun related deaths.

STEVE RAY: No, people wrongly using guns are the the leading cause. If there were no guns, the same people would use knives or baseball bats.

A gun, like a hammer is neutral. A hammer can be used to build a house or crush a skull. A gun can be used to hunt for food, defend the weak, and for sport, but it can also be used to kill.

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Randy September 21, 2010 at 4:43 PM

If the same people used knives and baseball bats then a lot less people end up dead. Guns are just very good machines for transforming the thought of killing someone to the actual dead body. Nothing else comes close. So fewer guns means fewer deadly thoughts get actualized.

People think it is just murderers that have such thoughts. Families like ours can handle guns safely. But teens can get depressed and become suicidal. Family members can become enraged with each other. Guns work even when the person is not quite of sound mind at the moment.

Then there are the accidents. Either people not intending to fire or intending to fire at an intruder and not realizing it is someone they know. Strange things happen. Guns can make those strange things tragic.

craig September 23, 2010 at 7:11 AM

Agree with Randy.
A hammer is properly used to hit a nail. To hit someone in the head with it is a misuse of the hammer.
When shooting someone with a gun you are using a gun for its proper use. Guns are designed to kill and nothing else.
Australia has the toughest gun laws in the world. Praise god for that.

bill912 September 25, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Is a woman raped and murdered morally superior to a woman with a smoking gun in her hand and a dead rapist at her feet?

Steve Ray here: No. If it were my wife, I prefer the smoking gun which is why I have one by our bedside.

bill912 September 27, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Amen, Steve. I keep one by my bedside, too. Actually, I keep two of them there.

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