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Originally posted by Taupin Desciple
Originally posted by lambs to lions
To blame guns on gun-related violence is ridiculous.
Taken by itself, I hope you realize just how silly that statement is.
You're right, guns have nothing to do with a bullet leaving the chamber, barrel and nozzle and then lodging itself into the target. How silly of us to think otherwise.
Originally posted by muse7
Guns have no other purpose but to cause severe injury or death.
An example of British thinking in colonial times:
"No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion." --James Burgh (Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses) [London, 1774-1775]
Originally posted by danats
All guns are swords in this sense. The purpose of a gun is to kill. In the case of gun advocates, kill or be killed; intimidate through show of force and threat of death.
Either way it involves killing and the ongoing threat thereof.