A great American lie
I knew it wouldn’t take long to start, but I was surprised how soon, and by a sister-in-law who doesn’t even own a gun. There on Facebook, as I’m sure all over the country this week, is the cry of “Guns don’t kill.”
It is amazing how many normal, rational people believe and spread this Great American Myth. The truth is just the opposite.
Guns kill. That is their purpose, that is what they are designed for, and that is the sole function of this invention. They are not made to hammer things, to saw, to grind; they are made to fire a projectile into another living thing to kill it.
And ever since the Chinese introduced it, the gun has been under continued development and improvement to make it a better killing machine, making it more accurate, quicker firing, deadlier rounds, higher capacity magazines or clips.
The second part that usually goes with “Guns don’t kill” is “people kill.” The implied message is that without guns people will still kill other people. True, they have been doing this since the beginning of mankind. BUT, a gun makes it so much more efficient, so much easier, and so much faster.
America leads the world in mass killings with guns. Why? They are available. There is a correlation between availability and use.
In the 1950s, gangs used to fight with chains, bats, and brass knuckles; a lot of injuries, a few deaths. By the 1980s, gangs were fully armed groups. When they fight there are a lot of deaths and few injured. Mexico has become a killing field. We buy their drugs and sell them guns. While to do so is illegal, we allow the guns that are sent south to be bought legally.
That brings us to the current state of the gun and the choice of mass killers on both sides of the border, the assault rifle. Impractical for hunting or competition shooting, these guns are made to kills lots of people very fast, as we see over and over in the media.
Can we outlaw such weapons as a start toward sane guns laws? It will be hard given the NRA vow to unseat any politician who attempts such legislation, and they have the money to do so.
Only when Americans have seen enough needless carnage will enough people demand their representatives do the right thing. Then it will still take years to get these weapons out of the system and for the media to realize their hyper coverage of these shootings helps fuel the next round of killings.
But to not start the process to reclaim a safer country is to give up on the countless innocent lives yet-to-be-lost, and make meaningless those already taken from us.
A first good start is for us to call the statement “Guns don’t kill” for what it is: a lie.