Of all the arguments opposing gun control, the one that annoys me the most is that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
A recent letter to the editor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suggests that “the only rational conclusion you would reach is that if guns kill people then pens are the reason for misspelled words and forks and spoons are the reason Gov. Chris Christie and Rosie O’Donnell are overweight.” The writer says what we need is self control. What a vacuous, nonsensical argument.
If Chris Christie and Rose O’Donnell are unable to stick to a diet, we might read about their weight problems in the tabloids but no harm would be done to us.
And misspelled words? The only harm done is to the student’s grade point average or our image of the speller.
Being overweight and misspelling are self-inflicted wounds. A person not controlling a gun? We have seen the consequences and the wounds have been fatal. We must stop the bleeding.
P.S. If there are any misspelled words above, please blame spell-check.