I understand that inanimate objects don’t do anything on their own, but can we consider the main purpose of each of these objects?
Thumb drive: to store files, transporting documents
Small knife: A knife of this size, cutting rope and string?
Lighter: Cigarettes, candles
Gun: Killing people
That’s it. The only purpose of a gun is to kill or to threaten the act of killing or severely injuring.
These are not comparable objects.
Yes they are. Lighters are for inflicting self harm for cigarettes/drugs, and potentially arson or accidental fire. Small knives are a utility for violence in schools and public places.
Blame the user not the device. Ill be keeping my guns, thanks
Mark, I’m talking about the reason the device was designed. Pen knives weren’t designed for kids in schools to stab each other. Smoking/drugs harms yourself.
Guns were designed to shoot and kill other people.
And I’m not saying people shouldn’t be able to own firearms. I’m saying this is a shitty comparison
Mark its a pistol. They aren’t hunting crows. Please do keep your muzzle loader, don’t get defensive.
While I pretty much always argue against technological determinism, there are crazy statistics/studies out there on gun ownership which might make it the exception to prove the rule
“Although firearms are often kept in homes for personal protection, this study shows that the practice is counterproductive. Our data indicate that keeping a gun in the home is independently associated with an increase in the risk of homicide in the home…
Previous case-control research has demonstrated a strong association between the ownership of firearms and suicide in the home. Also, unintentional shooting deaths can occur when children play with loaded guns they have found at home. In the light of these observations and our present findings, people should be strongly discouraged from keeping guns in their homes. (Source)”
Life Sucks, so do statistics. Stop talking conjecture, start talking facts.
Correlation not causation. Get back to me with real data. If i wasnt on my phone I would find you some data that shows how safety courses and waiting periods negate those effects in legally purchased and used weapons.