Like I said before, +Bill Thick, Jr.
, how do you know the increase in gun ownership is the cause of lower crime statistics? There are a wide variety of potential reasons, such as stricter law enforcement, more effective methods of capturing and preventing criminals, improved correctional facility programs, and different legislation in the state or community. Guns are not the only possible reason and cause for lowered crime statistics.
As I previously stated, though: Guns themselves and their existence is not the problem. The issue is with the easy accessibility of guns to people in general, including those who can commit crimes and acts of heroism. When people talk about gun laws, they're not necessarily referring to the prohibition of guns—something I don't even support. They are talking about the laws and regulations pertaining to firearms and their usage, ownership, possession, distribution, and manufacture.
The people who cry out for the banning of all guns tend to do so because they believe such an extreme measure would be effective (it would not). Those individuals do not represent the majority of liberals, nor should they be considered as such. As for the rest of your posts, I'll be ignoring them since they do not address me directly. They appear to be a part of a separate discussion, so I won't intervene.Edit:
Regarding your argument that "guns don't kill people, people kill people," that cliché and overused phrase has been refuted and repudiated numerous times. Although people are the deciders of whether or not to shoot the gun, a firearm is a weapon meant for harming or injuring and also ultimately can cause death. The phrase above relies heavily on the fact that guns are not sentient, yet it fails to recognize the reality of guns being made for the sole purpose of killing (or at least harming).
Guns may not decide to kill people per se
, but they are a medium through which the death of others, such as in homicide and suicide, can occur. More importantly, guns are a medium through which the death of others can occur more easily than through the use of a different weapon, such as a knife or one's limbs. The prohibition of firearms would help dissuade people from their usage and (assuming no one breaks the law pertaining to the prohibition) hinder the otherwise easy ability one would have at killing his or herself or someone else. People may kill people, but guns make it easier to do the deed.+Tina Vigilante
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