do guns really kill people
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Still, I think it is well worth mentioning before I go into my main argument, that guns used by people that has caused deaths are also partly responsible. Why? Because it is a effective killing tool. In a horrific school shooting scenario like Sandy Hook. 26 people killed in 14 minutes. Do you think that the assailant would have reached to the same number before the police arrived if he was using a knife, or his bare fists?
You say that guns can not load themselves, can not take the safety off, can not pull the trigger. Well guns can't stop it either. The fact is that guns often are loaded with their safety switched off. Guns are susceptible to malfunction. Accidents can happen. Someone might drop it. Placed against a tree, it might fall by itself, blown by the wind or some other natural force, hitting against a stone, going off, and shoot a man right in the chest. Unlikely, but possible.
Simply the presence of a gun will decrease your safety depending on your environment. If a toddler finds a loaded gun on the street and accidentally fire the weapon, killing someone, would you really hold the toddler responsible?
PS: If you are tempted to say that you hold the person that left the gun on location responsible, you are missing at least one of my points.
1. Guns are sometimes accessible to ignorant, unstable or careless individuals.
2. Accidents happen. In fact, many people die every year from gun related accidents.
3. Guns are effective killing tools that increase fatality rate before police can intervene.
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