Friday, October 2, 2015

Guns in a profoundly sick society

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people," as the pro-gun rhetoric goes. It's big business, make no mistake, and when the inviolable sanctity of gun-ownership got ensconced in the political ideology of American freedom, the twain would never divorce. John Dewey said that politics is the shadow cast over society by big business. The gun issue is no exception.

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Let's analyze the propaganda rhetoric of "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." While it is a trite fact that guns don't autonomously shoot people, the first part of the statement is absolutely false. Guns do kill people, i.e., they are weapons that kill. Guns can kill people at short, medium, and long ranges. They are dangerous objects.

The pro-gun propaganda takes the argument further in stating that knives and automobiles, for example, should also be outlawed if guns were to be outlawed because after all, people can kill with knives and people get killed by and in automobiles. But take that idea a step further. It could be said, then, that "hand gernades don't kill people, people kill people." Take it another step further: "bombs don't kill people, people kill people." "Chemical weapons don't kill people, people kill people." "Nuclear weapons don't kill people, people kill people." And so on.

 Well, how do we equate kitchen knives and automobiles --- objects of everyday utility --- to guns, i.e., weapons designed for "shooting", which have no other utility or function? Human beings have a dark side, true, and when the darkness overwhelms sick minds, anything, i.e., anything (a baseball bat, a shovel, a fork, a hammer, etc.) could be used as instrument of murder.

 But the gun is an object that blasts projectiles. Sometimes they go off when children play with them. Accidents have happened and will happen. They are dangerous objects that can kill with great efficiency. They are dangerous objects designed for "shooting", just as bombs are designed for "exploding"; and those things --- weapons --- have no other function or utility.

 Try this thought experiment. Would the world be a safer, better, more peaceful place if all guns were eradicated somehow, miraculously? Most likely. A world without guns would be safer than a world with guns.

Anybody could turn anything into a weapon --- even a bare fist --- but a weapon is just that, a weapon. And guns are dangerous weapons. And no person can be labeled crazy or unreasonable to expect some serious regulations get set in place; they'd be crazy or unreasonable to object, and worse, to clamor for less gun laws, to arm the entire nation, students and all. Wing-nuts of that ilk ignorantly holler political and religious claptrap --- peppered with the buzzword 'freedom' --- on behalf of big business, unaware that it is they who are getting the short end of the thunder-stick.