Originally Posted by mcguyver
Guns are designed to fire a projectile at high velocity. Handguns are meant to be a smaller package with which to accomplish those goals. Whether the projectile kills anything at all is more a testament to the skill of the person pulling the trigger than to the design of the gun, by orders of magnitude. It wasn't the gun designed to kill, but rather designed to be used by a person to kill, with many overt actions and safeties to satisfy before this becomes even possible.
Many guns are designed not to kill at all, rather to shoot at targets and make a poor choice of weapon to employ in the act of killing anything. In fact, the choice of ammunition has a greater impact on the ability to kill than the gun itself. Fire a steel core round out of an AR vs a hollow-point hunting round and you will see.
The gun has been used as means to project force via the ability to put potentially lethal projectiles at a distance from the shooter. Whether this is done depends solely on the person using said item, be they a civillian or a soldier.
There are perhaps as many as 24 million guns in Canada as we speak. Yet there are only about 750 people killed by them every year, most by suicide, and about 200 by homicide. There are about 5 times more people who off themselves by means other than a gun, and about 8 times more people who die by drunk drivers than are murdered by guns. How many cars are in Canada, and how many people dies by their means?
The use of the word "designed" when describing an object with the potential to inflict harm is a media buzzword that, although seemingly logical, doesn't translate into real-world actions.
Not just the Anti gun faction are adept at semantic shuffle
Firearms are WEAPONS they were conceived to enable people to KILL animals at a distance.. some of those animals are other people.
I am PRO gun .. as I believe it is my inalienable HUMAN right to be armed with a WEAPON that is better and more effective than my fists or teeth which the universe in a cruel joke has made puny in comparison to my ability to invent tools of destruction.
The issue is not if guns are dangerous... they are not.. in themselves dangerous.. any more than a stone is ... but in the hands of a person who possesses the will , ( or lack of understanding of consequences) to use them .. they become dangerous.
The fallacy of gun control is that controlling objects has NO effect on the behavior of criminals .. But it does have an effect on the individual Human right to self defense.
The government by seeking to reduce danger to it's citizens .. instead places them at greater risk.. because the society lacks the will to deal with criminals in a manner that is effective and final.