In response to all my friends and others who keep saying “Guns Don’t Kill People. People do,” I created this meme. Please share it if you agree with the following.
No one actually believes guns kill people. Guns are tools and they are dangerous tools because they make it easier for people to kill other people. The laws are about how many of these tools are left lying around where nutbars can get their hands on them; and about how the non-nutbars will be allowed to use the tools. No one but an idiot thinks the laws are going to enforce themselves, or that passing a law without the means to enforce it on people is going to make any difference. Laws are about people — what we own, how we behave — and they have to be enforced. Always.
It would be a Good Thing for the NRA to support the repeal of the law they wrote and lobbied to get passed which stripped the BATF of the ability to enforce the federal gun laws. It would be a Good Thing if state legislatures (such as here in Tennessee) would stop passing NRA-sponsored laws that make it harder for the local police and sheriffs to enforce the gun laws already on the books. Spend the Congressional time and the state legislature time on coming up with funding to enforce the laws already on the books, then you can see whether laws help. Enforcement is key to the success of any law.
Just remember one thing:
Guns are dangerous because they make it easier for people to kill other people. If you don’t see that, you need to step back and not participate in the discussion going on.