Dumb Things the Gun Nuts Say

And how to respond to them

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“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”

(But people with guns kill lots more people than do people without guns.)

“Blaming guns for shooting deaths is like blaming Rosie O’ Donnell’s spoon because she’s fat.”

(I use a spoon the same way Rosie O’ Donnell does but I’m not fat. Anyone who uses a murder weapon the same way a mass shooter does kills children and their mothers.)

“Cain killed Abel with a rock. Should we outlaw rocks?”

(How many kids would be dead today if the Uvalde shooter had carried rocks into the school?)

“It’s a mental health issue.”

(OK, so let’s pass red flag laws that keep murder weapons out of the hands of people with mental health issues.)

“It’s all these violent video games. It’s the increase in dysfunctional families.”

(If people who watched violent video games or came from dysfunctional families couldn’t easily get hold of murder weapons, how many mass shootings would there be?)

“It’s the secularization of our culture.”

(Only 3% of the population of Denmark regularly attends Sunday services and only 19% of Danes consider religion to be an important part of their lives. How many violent gun deaths did Denmark have last year?)

“We need to be able to protect ourselves.”

(So, let’s outlaw 30-round magazines. If you can’t protect yourself with 10 rounds, maybe you shouldn’t own a gun.)

“Chicago had more murders this weekend than were killed in [this week’s] mass shooting.”

(So, mass shootings with assault rifles are OK so long as we can say there are lots of handgun shootings in Chicago? Besides, that’s a lie. And anyway, how about we look at gun deaths per capita by state? What would that show?)

“How about all the murders in Chicago where background checks are required and sales of assault rifles are prohibited?”

(Chicago is the 10th city on the list of murders per capita. And anyway, those guns come from Indiana, which requires no background checks.)

“The Democrats ‘defund the police’ efforts are responsible for this!”

(Bald-faced lie.)

“Just have one door for access into the school.”

(What about recess? Or what about a fire? What about a shooter inside the building where he can shoot anybody who comes in the one door?)

Feel free to add your own.



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George Bohan

George Bohan

Born and raised in the South, living in Ohio. Writes about politics, management, and religion.