After the latest mass gun violence in Orlando, Fl, many, including significant portion of our representatives, declared that guns kill people; therefore, we need to ban/severely limit guns.
I’ve seen many arguments for banning guns on social media as well as news channels. House Democrats, channeling their inner hippies, performed a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives because the cold-hearted Republican leadership wouldn’t allow them to vote on the gun bills that the Senate failed to pass earlier. (Read: futile gesture–complete waste of time) Apparently, these Democrats felt that reliving the good old days of ’60s was a constructive solution. Though, things have changed since then. Now, the hippies are in charge, wearing suits and eating catered meals. (Yeah, a catered sit-in)
What I haven’t seen, however, is science applied to the premise that guns kill people. Many Democrats declare that Republicans are anti-science because they believe God created everything or that climate-change isn’t occurring. Perhaps science can determine the validity of the premise that guns kill people.
My experiment involved a Walther PPQ and ten 9mm rounds in the magazine. I inserted the magazine and sat it on my desk.
I waited. Nothing happened. The gun didn’t fire. It didn’t even move.
Silly me–I didn’t rack the slide to load a round into the chamber. The gun couldn’t fire because a round wasn’t available. So, I racked the slide.
Again, I waited. Nothing happened.
I ate lunch. Nothing happened.
I took the dog for a walk. Nothing happened. The gun hadn’t moved a millimeter.
I took out the garbage. Nothing happened.
I watched some T.V. Nothing happened.
I worked on my latest novel. Still, nothing happened.
Finally, I looked at the gun and yelled, “Shoot! Fire!” And. . .
Yeah, you guessed it nothing happened.
I removed the magazine and cleared the chamber. The experiment was over. Science proved that guns DON’T kill people.
Make no mistake–this is science. Anyone can reproduce the experiment.
I even videoed my experiment, planning to attach it to this post, but, frankly, it was the dullest video ever produced. Literally, nothing happened!
While admittedly my experiment is a little silly, the premise itself is very silly. I never expected the gun to fire. Likewise, I knew, before conducting the experiment, the gun wouldn’t fire.
The gun is a a tool, nothing more, nothing less. We’re surrounded by tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, box cutters, and cars. When someone grabs a hammer bludgeons another’s skull in, we don’t call for a ban on hammers. When someone stabs another in the chest with a screwdriver, we don’t ban screwdrivers. When terrorists take box cutters on a plane, using them to hijack it and fly it into a building, we don’t ban box cutters. Or planes. When someone is falling-down drunk, drives a car, and kills another, we don’t ban cars.
Why? Because the inanimate objects weren’t responsible–people were. The same is true with guns. The truth about Orlando, California, or any of the other tragedies is that people with evil in their hearts used a tool to carry out their evil.
Blaming anyone else or anything else, only relieves the evil person responsible of his guilt. I refuse to do that.
Blog note: Normally, I don’t use this forum to blatantly address political issues. This post is an exception to bring another point of view to a subject where emotion is blinding so many to reality.
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