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Old 01-22-2013, 02:18 AM   #1
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Default Guns don't kill people; violent people kill people

Finally an article on that addresses this issue.

"To say violence is a sickness that threatens public health isn’t just a figure of speech, they argue. It spreads from person to person, a germ of an idea that causes changes in the brain, thriving in certain social conditions."

In that article, the author argues violence should be treated as a disease. Merely owning a gun does not equate to violent acts. It is a correlation very similar to playing videogames, listening to violent music, watching violent movies, etc.

Correlation does not equate to causation. A causation, for example, is when you drink alcohol and you know you will be drunk. Alcohol causes a person to be drunk; owning a gun does not cause a person to be violent.

Until a person can disprove the premise of, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people" then I will cave in and accept the argument that owning a gun will lead to a person being more violent.

It is a fallacious argument based on correlation that has nothing to do with causation.
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