"Guns don't kill people, people do."
This is one of the several pithy, bumper-sticker bromides typically offered up by gun-humpers apoplectic at the thought of being inconvenienced in the exercise of their hallowed 2nd Amendment rights by background checks, registration requirements and other proposed gun safety reforms. What naturally follows from this statement is the severely specious argument that "gun control" is an attack on guns when guns aren't really the problem. Frankly, the statement that guns don't kill people is not incorrect and, surprising as it may sound, I agree with it on its face as a matter of fact. A gun is indeed an inanimate object that - absent a significant manufacturing or design flaw - cannot fire itself.
But to anyone not willfully ignorant, morbidly vacuous or self-servingly deluded, the gun's status as an inanimate object isn't really the issue, is it? A glass of beer doesn't render one inebriated unless one drinks it. A drug doesn't make one high until one ingests it. An automobile doesn't move unless one turns on the ignition, shifts the transmission to "drive" and puts their foot on the accelerator pedal. A gun does not fire until someone picks it up and pulls the trigger. The point of gun control is far less about controlling the gun itself than it is about controlling who is allowed to possess it. Guns indeed do not kill people, at least not by themselves. But people kill people with guns and lately, people have been using guns to kill or injure people with alarming frequency. After each and every incident where some criminal, thug, mental midget or nut-bag blows away a bunch of people with a firearm they have no business possessing, the gun lobby and ammosexual crowd takes to the airwaves with dumbphuckery about how we shouldn't place any regulation on gun possession and ownership because the gun is an inanimate object. Anyone who isn't offended at the brain-dead, bizzaro-worlld, pretzelized, mental meandering that passes for logic behind "guns don't kill people..." reasoning must lack the capacity for logic or reasoning.
The guns that have been used to hurt and kill people - on an Oregon college campus, in a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theatre, in a Charleston, South Carolina church during prayer meeting, in a Connecticut elementary school, on a West Virginia college campus or at a Colorado high school and movie theatre - performed exactly as they were designed to perform. But because firearms are specifically designed to incapacitate living beings up to and including killing them, it makes sense that we would pursue as many methods as possible to keep guns out of the hands of those who would do so and hold accountable those who willingly put guns into the hands of those who do so. In a just society, the "do nothing" option is simply unacceptable.