Nice try. But the “Socrates is a fish” logic takes you only so far. You run up a against a problem: Your answers aren’t really answers.

In addition, I don’t think you really comprehend what is going on.

You harp on limiting guns. Limiting them to what? The latest estimates indicate there are more than 400 million privately-owned firearms in the U.S.

Guns last a very long time. Even those used in military combat can still be completely functional. The government is preparing to sell another batch of surplus M1 Garand rifles to the civilian market and the last of those was manufactured 60 years ago. Guns made at the end of the 19th Century are still capable of of firing modern ammunition.

There are more than 17 million Americans with current concealed-carry permits and the number of permits issued is growing. You probably don’t know it, but the majority of U.S. states don’t require a permit to openly carry a pistol or revolver and 12 states don’t require a permit to carry them concealed. Some of those states have homicide rates lower than states with more restrictions.

How do you figure that training people would limit guns? It’s not hard to get training and it’s not particularly difficult.

How do you figure that background checks will limit guns? Background checks have been required for all retail firearm sales since February 1994 yet from 2008 to roughly 2012, the firearms industry was going flat-out to keep up with the largest gun-buying spree in modern times. Dealers had trouble getting enough guns to meet demand and they were having to ration ammunition.

We do our best to keep guns out of the hands of people with a track record of violence. Felons, domestic abusers and people identified has having mental health issues that might present a threat to others are already prohibited from possessing firearms.

But this highlights one of the key flaws in background checks: they can only reveal the past; they can’t predict the future. Looking at all of the mass shootings since background checks became mandatory one finds that roughly 76% of the killers passed one or more background checks.

Why are you so afraid of gun owners? If you took every single violence-related death and injury reported by the FBI for 2016 and attributed each one to a different lawful firearm owner, the rate works out to 241.2 per 100,000. Do the same thing with deaths and injuries inflicted by other means and compared it to non-gun-owners, the rate is 385.7, 1.6 times higher. The overall national rate reported by the FBI is 256.5/100,000.

The CDC reported that twice as many people were hospitalized with violence-related injuries caused by means other than guns than were admitted for gun-related injuries in 2016.

Yes, a disproportionate percentage of fatal injuries (about 73%) are the result of gunshots, but other methods are perfectly capable of inflicting disabling and/or disfiguring injuries with lifetime impacts. For some reason, this is either overlooked or ignored in order to focus on guns.

By your reasoning, we should be working harder to limit access to knives, blunt objects and bare hands. As was demonstrated nearly 550,000 times in 2016, people are fully capable of harming others without a gun.

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