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Response to pablo_marmol (Reply #93)

Tue May 26, 2015, 03:44 PM

101. They still kill

 

About the only thing guns don't kill are objects like paper targets. They kill, whether it is the animals being hunted, the innocent person being murdered, the suffering person committing suicide, or once in a while, the criminal being stopped.

Hunting isn't really part of the discussion. Other than giving people access to weapons that can be used to commit suicide or murder other people, letting people hunt with firearms is neither detrimental nor beneficial to our society.

Facilitating suicides and murders is detrimental to our society.

The only positive thing guns do is stop a crime every once in a while, when that elusive "good guy with a gun" is actually to be found. But to let that good guy with a gun have his gun, by making gun ownership legal, we also let the criminals and the mentally ill have guns.

Yes, in theory they aren't supposed to have guns, but like the NRA points out, gun control doesn't work. A complete ban would, however.

We let tens of thousand die each year so a few good guys with guns can shoot a criminal once in a while. But both the NRA and our resident right-wing trolls - ah, sorry, I meant our tactical Tier 1 operators on DU - argue that the right of those few good guys with guns to use a gun for self-defense trumps the right of the other thousands not to lose their lives.

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