- Baseball bats kill people, why don't we ban those?
- More people drown in their bathtubs every year than are murdered, but you don't see us banning bathtubs.
- Cars kill more people than guns do. When are they going to ban cars?
- We might as well take away scissors, box cutters, and pencils because they can be used to kill people too.
Regardless of where you stand on gun control, there's a very clear distinction between cars, scissors, pencils and a whole host of objects that could be used to harm or kill someone, and guns of any kind.
Let's take a look at some definitions:
Automobile (noun): a passenger vehicle designed for operating on ordinary roads and typically having four wheels and a gasoline or diesel powered internal combustion engine.
Bathtub (noun): a tub to bathe in, especially one that is a permanent fixture in a bathroom.
Box cutter (noun): a small cutting tool consisting of a retractable razor blade in a metal or plastic holder, designed for opening cardboard cartons.
Firearm (noun): a small arms weapon, as a rifle or pistol, from which a projectile is fired by gunpowder.
Handgun (noun): any firearm that can be held and fired with one hand; a revolver or pistol.
Pencil (noun): a slender tube of wood, metal, plastic, etc., containing a core or shaft of graphite, a solid coloring material or the like, used for writing or drawing.
Rifle (noun): a shoulder firearm with spiral grooves cut in the inner surface of the gun barrel to give the bullet a rotary motion and thus a more precise trajectory.
Scissors (noun): a cutting instrument for paper, cloth, etc. consisting of two blades, each having a ring-shaped handle, that are so pivoted together that their sharp edges work one against the other (often used with 'pair of').
Shotgun (noun): a smooth bore gun for firing small shot to kill birds and small quadrupeds, though often used with buckshot to kill larger animals.
Weapon (noun): any instrument or device for use in attack or defense in combat, fighting or war, as a sword, rifle, or cannon.Have you figured out the difference?
Firearms, handguns, rifles, shotguns, weapons: when used as designed either from an attack position or from a defensive position, are intended to inflict real or simulated harm. Hunting, target practice, skeet shooting, taking out a rival, assassinating a civil rights leader, or yes, killing children in a school are all actions from the 'attack' side of the design. Firing a warning shot into the air to break up an unruly mob, brandishing a weapon to scare aware a would-be robber, or actually shooting a person you believe poses a threat, are actions from the 'defense' side of the design.
The other objects, when used as designed, are not weapons. Period.