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Re: OT: The semantics of "Guns don't kill people" (was Re: OT: Helen Keller & Whorf-Sapir)

From:I. K. Peylough <ikpeylough@...>
Date:Sunday, August 15, 2004, 0:52
On Sat, 14 Aug 2004 23:16:44 +0100, Chris Bates
<chris.maths_student@...> wrote:

>The problem is, no one is passing judgement on the guns themselves as >evil. Or at least I'm not. I'm passing judgement on the scary people who >feel they need to own a weapon that allows them to kill across great >distances and with much more emotional removal from the act than with a >more close and personal weapon (like a knife). I know if I was mad >enough I could pull a trigger even if I wasn't acting in self defense, >but I'm not sure I could stab someone, because its much closer and more >emotionally involving. I do believe that guns make it easier emotionally >to kill, so they're a very bad thing in the hands of human beings, who >are basically killer apes. > Sorry for the politics.. I just don't see that the argument "Gun's >don't kill people" works, because I can just say back "No, but guns make >it too easy for people to kill people.". I mean, bombs don't kill >people, and lock-picks don't commit burglary, but I presume the NRA is >not in favour of anyone being allowed to own them.
That's the beauty of the gun. Some people, there's a real need to kill them. Unfortunately, most of them already have squads of goons armed with more than guns.