Guns don't kill people

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"Guns don't kill people, people kill people!" is an argument in a box against gun regulation, often used on bumper-stickers and other advertising venues.


The implied argument is that preventing gun violence is best done by changing human behavior, not by preventing people from owning guns – and that therefore gun regulation is a bad idea.


  • This is why we are trying to regulate people, not guns.
    • We want mandatory safety lessons for people, not guns.
    • We want more thorough background checks for people, not guns.
    • We want stricter negligence penalties imposed on people, not guns.
  • By a strange coincidence, people without guns are very unlikely to shoot anyone either.
  • People without guns don't kill people nearly as easily.
  • Guns don't kill people; people with guns kill people.
  • "If guns don't kill people, then why do we give people guns when they go to war? Why not just send the people?" -- attributed to Ozzy Osbourne