Are Guns Really the Problem?

   12.11.15

Are Guns Really the Problem?

In a recent post entitled, “The Fallacy of Gun Control as a Means of Behavior Change,” Darrell B. Harrison explores the reasons why firearms cannot be held responsible for crimes.

To me, this is glaringly obvious, but to many, it is not. I encourage anyone and everyone–especially those who believe that laws should restrict gun ownership of any kind–to read this well-reasoned, logical, honest assessment of how and why guns are not our problem.

I do not wish to detract from Mr. Harrison’s work or income by reposting his article here, but I will provide some tidbits:

A gun is an object and, as an object, it is inherently inanimate.

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines inanimate as, ‘not endowed with life or spirit; lacking consciousness or power of motion.’

Given this definition, I fail to understand why any ‘thing’ – be it a handgun, a knife, a baseball bat, a hammer, or an unopened can of soup – would need to be ‘controlled’ in any way.

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An inanimate object possesses neither the innate capacity nor ability to decide for itself how it will be used whether for good or evil.

This is because inanimate objects do not make decisions.

The reason inanimate objects do not make decisions is because they cannot make decisions.

In and of itself, a gun possesses no life, no consciousness, no power whatsoever.

None.

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The problem our nation faces today isn’t that we don’t have enough gun laws or that there are too many guns.

Our problem is exactly the same as it was in the days of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:3-8.)

The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly how Cain murdered his brother, but that really doesn’t matter, does it? What matters is the one thing we do know – Cain didn’t use a gun.

He didn’t need one.

Because guns aren’t the problem.

We are.

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For real.

Now, please go read this man’s article, and share it with your friends.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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