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People and Guns Kill People...but Mostly People!!!

Updated on April 27, 2013

Isn't she lovely... isn't she wonderful...

I know, give 'er a gun!

Is anyone paying attention?

Ah, the great debate, are people bad or are guns bad? Well this issue has been heavily debated and disputed since I have existed and each side of the debate brings aggressive beliefs, there really isn’t much room for middle ground. However, I think that is exactly where the debate needs to end…in the middle. Personally, I think guns suck. But I’m not a hunter and I’m not in the military, so I don’t really see what I would need them for, but I can understand why a hunter would and I can see why the armed forces would. I say guns suck because it is unfortunate that while there may be some good uses and reasons for guns, way too many people have been unnecessarily hurt or killed from them.

Don’t we realize that the more guns that are floating around, the more people are going to be killed by them? What reason does a regular U.S. citizen need an assault rifle for…plan on having 20 people break into your house and make an attempt on your life at once? But…at the same time I can see a point on the other side.

When we implement gun laws and controls, we potentially limit law abiding citizens of their right for protection (as questionable as that may be). But….and this is a big BUT, criminals, psychopaths, sociopaths and bad people are going to go about obtaining weapons and using them in the same manner they always have, despite the new laws or regulations. So we are making it harder for “good people” to get guns but they are still easily accessible to the “bad guys”. What if guns didn't exist at all? I know, I know... pencils can kill people and spoons can kill people, so unless we could equally think about what it would be like to have no pencils or spoons, we have no business considering what the extinction of guns would be like.

Now…the real issue? Who kills people and who is being killed? Arguing whether or not someone deserves to live or die will be an extremely debatable argument in most instances. Should bad guys die…well maybe, whose idea of bad are we referring to? Should innocent people die…never, and that’s probably rarely, if ever debated.

The end of the conversation is that the problem exists before someone even has access to a firearm. It is not “normal” to kill; we cannot say that everyone will kill someone in his/her lifetime. What makes people kill in the first place? Okay, sometimes self-defense, but what are we defending ourselves against? Most innocent and unnecessary deaths are the result of psychological, emotional, mental issues. Yes, some people are temporarily insane, but a lot of people have been struggling and probably undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or undetected for long periods of time.


Or at least lazy

Poor, innocent child

Look at all of these tragic school murders! They are done by children. I don’t believe in blaming parents for their children’s actions and I’m sure that these parents have to live with an insurmountable amount of guilt already. But, this is exactly why I am a very vocal in my beliefs in parental involvement and current family relationships. Blame it on whatever makes us sleep at night, but we aren’t families anymore, and that’s our choice. Yes, I am disgusted with what we have turned into, we are an advanced technology, media obsessed nation. We have handed our children technology to raise them and media to guide them. Yes, both technology and media can both be awesome contributions to a growing America, they should be resources. It’s sad when our children know more about what is going on in a Kardashian’s life then one of their own siblings? It is sad when our children can’t draw Hopscotch or Square Ball in chalk but can upload images into a cellphone at 7 years old.

As parents we need to be so involved in raising our children that we may prevent or detect emotional, psychological or mental issues.

take one down...pass it around...99 bullets flyin' around

What do you think?

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      SonQuioey10,

      Thanks so much! I'm certainly no rocket scientist... it just seems so foolish that so many people wander around killing each other and I feel like we sit back 'what are ya gonna do about it?' I don't care what 'they' do... but for Heaven's sake, do something! Geesh!

      Thanks for stopping and for the thumbs up :D

      Cat

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      Toni Northern 4 years ago from Williamston NC

      Nice hub. I see it as being in the control of the people, how guns have effected us all these years. People kill people, most definitely. Again, nice hub.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Au fait,

      Trust me when I tell you that I have been the over-emotional mother running around screaming "Get rid of guns!" each time we have one of these tragic school shootings, for example. People say they need guns to protect themselves from others... what if there were no guns at all? Less guns = less gun deaths.

      My thoughts, I guess, are that there must be something that goes on psychologically within a person that makes them want to kill, want to harm, want to take an innocent life.

      I couldn't agree with you more about parenting and I have been complaining for as long as I can remember that parents aren't parenting anymore. It is a sad day when a child is mentally-suffering and a parent is not even aware. I think that society and the mental health of much in it has gotten extremely poor. Each act of violence only breeds more fear, more hate and more violence.

      I actually agree that "guns for protection" are a false sense of security. Is there comfort in knowing you own a gun... will it be "handy" enough when you're life is threatened? We don't walk around with holsters on our hips. In my opinion, it only increases the likelihood that someone will become victim to that gun.

      Thank you for your comments... this is certainly a difficult debate to have.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      If guns don't kill, but rather people kill -- then if people can kill why do they need guns? ;)

      Parents have the responsibility of educating, guiding, and disciplining their children. If they do it wrong, or don't do it at all, or if they do it right and make every effort to do it right, they are in every case contributing to their children's attitude, behavior, and actions.

      It is a parent's responsibility to instruct in all things including gun safety, morality, value of life, etc. It is also the responsibility of a parent to get their child help if they note their child seems a bit unusual in their outlook or behavior (pulling the wings of flies off, etc.).

      Nowadays parents often fail their responsibilities to their children and society in turn. It's more important to have a bigger house and a fancier car. As a result, children bring themselves up -- like sea turtles.

      Owning one gun for protection or an entire arsenal creates a false sense of security. In many cases, by the time a person knows they need to defend themselves, their assailant already has the upper hand and sometimes their gun pointed at them too.

      Interesting thoughts you have expressed and lots for people to think about.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      You make a good point and I did state previously that I see both sides of the issue. I also said that the problems come before guns do. I am not pro-gun control... I'm pro-let's acknowlege we have a problem and what can we do to address it. Also, to a certain extent, innocent people don't necessarily die from obesity like they do from bullets. The actions that lead to obesity are generally self-inflicted. However, I do think there should be more attention on obesity and health in general, which this nation has been long since neglegting, but that's an entire new Hub.

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      If getting rid of guns would save lives then wouldn't it be reasonable to outlaw spoons so we can rid the world of obesity and heart disease? Maybe even throw in pencils because they make mistakes?.........food for thought.....no pun intended