Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeasy

As always happens after a mass killing, my facebook feed (yes, some of my friends are fucking assholes), is filled with people trying to make the point, in various ways, that guns don't kill people, people do. Okay, fine, yes, we all know that. But guns make it really easy! Whether it is accidental shootings because your typical gun owner is not your Platonic Responsible Gun Owner which all gun owners are until they kill someone, or people who leave their guns out for their kids to play with because responsible gun owners, or drunk people who do stupid shit because drunk people. So, yes, guns don't kill people! People do! Except, if they didn't have guns, maybe they wouldn't!

My response to this concept remains the same.
A couple of years after I left college, there was a deadly incident in my fraternity house (yes I was in a fraternity, yes it was a mostly good experience for me personally, yes Greek systems are probably generally bad). I didn't really know either of the people involved. Basically drunk guy comes home. Expects to find leftover sandwich in fridge. Sandwich not there. Pissed off, he pulls out a gun (guns and drunk frat boys are an excellent combination) and fires it at a target on the wall. Bullet goes through wall into bathroom, through next wall into next bedroom, into abdomen of guy in next room. Upon realizing he'd hit someone, the shooter promptly aimed gun at himself and committed suicide. Guy he shot ended up being ok (after major medical attention, of course).

Nobody would have been hurt or dead if not for the presence of a gun.