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People Kill People

January 12th, 2013

Bernard Harcourt at the University of Chicago Law School makes an excellent point in the culture wars on the ownership of guns. He notes that the NRA, along with many pro-gun advocates, stand on the idea that guns are not the problem because “guns don’t kill people; people kill people.”

If this is true, then so is this statement: Gun control doesn’t kill people; people kill people.

The pro-gun argument about guns not killing people is that guns are “instrumentalities,” and as such, “are not to be blamed for what people do wrongly with them.”

The pro-gun argument is that gun control is dangerous, that it will lead to deaths and even exterminations, and as such, should be banned—but that guns themselves, although dangerous, should not be banned because people, not what the do or do not wield, are the core problem. You can see the inconsistency.

That said, the pro-gun crowd, like many of their conservative brethren, has not always been factually or logically oriented.

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  1. Jon
    January 12th, 2013 at 14:56 | #1

    Gun control “should be banned”?

    Ummm, we’re not so much about ‘banning’ things. Not really our thing, you know?

    Perhaps you referr to using the courts to strike down outright or de-facto gun bans in certain cities? I guess working to establish strong supreme court precedence against some laws could be construed as a ‘ban’.

    Is that what you mean?

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