Why Do People Blame Guns?

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
—- Carl Sagan

“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
— Plato

It is hard to look in the mirror and see our faults. We all have them. Most people will readily say as individuals they are not perfect. But will people say the same thing about their culture? Their lifestyle? Their beliefs? Sometimes we are so blinded by our beliefs we can’t see when we are wrong.

Demonization is a real problem in the United States. Nothing is anybody’s fault. If somebody is poor – its corporate America’s fault. If somebody does badly in school – its the teacher’s fault. And yes, if somebody gets killed – its the gun’s fault.

It seems difficult for us to blame ourselves for anything. The common belief amongst the folks that want to take our guns way is that guns kill people, that guns cause crime and thus guns are the problem. It is easy to blame guns – they can’t argue back. Guns can’t question their accusers.

Why would one blame a gun despite the fact that now matter how many gun laws we make, criminals will still use guns and other weapons against those who obey gun laws?

Why would one blame a gun and not the person who obtained the gun illegally, carried said gun to store, robbed the store, and killed the clerk?

It must be the gun’s fault, the gun-control advocates folks say, because (I imagine) they just can’t believe that a person is truly capable of such violence. Or they mistakenly believe that if there had been no gun, there would have been no crime. I wonder, how many murders were committed before guns existed?

People have been killed with pickle jars, toasters, toilet seat lids and icecicles. Does anyone want to ban those items? When a drunk driver kills someone, do people go out of their way to ban cars? Seventy five percent of gun deaths are gang related. Where is the legislation that bans all gangs? All this legislation is pointless – the bad guys will always find a way to get the job done.

Following the logic of the “guns cause crime” argument leads one to a place nobody can blame their way out of. If guns cause crime, would eliminating guns lower the crime rate? The statistics in Great Britain and Australia tell us no, that crime rates go up as the innocent are disarmed. It is clear that making guns more restrictive prevents law-abiding citizens from having the best means to defend themselves.

Blaming a gun is a lot easier to do than look in the mirror and realize that no matter what the tool, human beings are capable of murdering with it.

Once you have taken a position, sometimes it can be very difficult to change your position no matter what evidence you are presented. Once you have been bamboozled, it can shake your very core to admit you have been bamboozled.

If you are suffering, living in a high-crime neighborhood, witness violence or its aftereffects every day and you see no way out, then blaming the gun is easy. Perhaps persons trapped in this environment should explore the reasons this environment exists – they would find that guns were not one of them. The places that tend to have the most gun violence also tend to have the most restrictive gun laws. Who do these laws seem to be disarming? Certainly not the bad guys!

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