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“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” is a well-known slogan used by the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun activists to make the case for their deregulation agenda. So which is it? Do guns kill people or do people kill people?

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It is only guns that can cause the type of unfathomable death that they do. The destruction of numerous lives in short timespans is because of guns.
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There are guns made exclusively to kill

"Due to the Industrial Revolution, and the American Civil War and World War I, gun manufacturers stimulated production of handmade assault weapons and more powerful handguns and pistols with the only purpose of killing enemy soldiers with less accuracy and a higher concentration of bullets" -Bernie Sanders

The Argument

Guns kill people because there are guns that are made exclusively to kill. There are guns designed with the intent of lethal harm against human beings. Mass murder is defined as the killing of three or more victims at one location within one event.[1] A mass shooting is a specific type of mass murder, and they are the most common type of mass murder to occur by and large. For instance, there were more mass shootings across the United States in 2019 than there were days in the year.[2] If it were not guns that killed people, mass murderers would choose to arm themselves with guns to commit their heinous crimes. If guns don't kill people, mass killers would not use lethal firearms made for the exclusive purpose of harming individuals. Mass killers don’t choose a knife as a weapon of choice because knives are not weapons exclusively made to kill people. If the goal is to kill, firearms and assault rifles are the weapons to achieve that task. Guns kill people because they are the weapons that prevail over all else to kill by the masses.

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Guns are used for a variety of reasons, reasons that have no relation to death or murder. Those who legally buy and carry guns often do so because of reasons that are rooted in security and protection. Often the guns civilians will buy will be so that they can protect themselves and feel safe at all times. It is a well-known slogan that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." This slogan highlights one of the many reasons why civilians want to be legally armed with a gun. Moreover, many people use guns for recreational reasons, such as hunting or shooting targets for fun. The guns that people use to kill others are the same guns that are often used for nonviolent nor ill-intentioned reasons. Therefore, not all guns are made exclusively to kill; the actual person who has the gun chooses what to do with it.

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  1. https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=192823
  2. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mass-shootings-2019-more-than-days-365/

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