May 27, 2014 by David K. Sutton
NRA Logic: Cars Don’t Kill People, People Kill People
Cars don’t kill people, people kill people. That means we should not regulate cars.
Airplanes don’t kill people, people kill people. That means we should not regulate airplanes and airports.
Industrial machinery doesn’t kill people, irresponsible people kill people. That means we should not regulate industries, and we definitely shouldn’t mandate safety guidelines.
Construction equipment doesn’t kill people, capricious people kill people. At the end of the day, who causes an accident anyway? PEOPLE You got it! We simply need to trust people will always act in a safe and responsible manner, even though we know many times they will not, so there’s no use in passing laws or writing rules to make sure construction zones and equipment are handled with care. People simply need to be trusted, no guidance necessary.
Oh, and guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Therefore, no need for any gun safety regulations, or reasonable limits on the types of deadly weaponry available for sale.
And if you somehow didn’t figure it out by now, why yes, I’m laying the sarcasm on pretty thick.
This isn’t an anti-gun rant. This isn’t a call for repeal of the Second Amendment. This is simply a statement that we can have some sensible 21st century regulations, like universal background checks for starters. This is not a zero sum game where gun ownership hangs in the balance. We don’t go from little regulation of guns to a gun ban just because we pass a law requiring universal background checks.