This is a lie: "guns don't kill people; people do." No, that's wrong.
Guns kill people. This is a fact.
Believe it, unless you're so anti-American, you consider that citizens of the United States are hugely more violent and immoral than people in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and other western industrialized nations.
Have a look at two Wikipedia pages:
First, List of countries by intentional homicide rate. In 2010, these were the intentional homicide rates per 100,000 population:
United States 4.8
United Kingdom 1.2
Are Americans really three times more murderous than Canadians? Or six times more murderous than Germans? Is our violent nature the sole explanation for why our intentional homicide rate is so high?
Yes, there are cultural differences between the United States and those other countries. But they also have their ghettos, their poor, their lower classes trapped in difficult situations. So what else could be the reason for the much lower homicide rates in other countries?
Availability of guns. The U.S. is gun crazy. Our gun laws are extremely lax compared to those in Canada, the United Kingdom, etc.
Let's look at another Wikipedia page, List of countries by firearm-related death rate. The years for the data differ as shown in parentheses. Rate is per 100,000 population. These are homicides by guns, not accidents.
United States 4.1 (2004-06)
Canada .8 (1992)
England/Wales .1 (2002)
Australia .4 (1994)
Germany .2 (1994)
Even though the data for some of these countries are from time periods a decade or more part, the conclusion is inespacable: guns kill people; people don't kill people. More availability of guns, more gun homicides.
Irrational fact-starved NRA types try to argue that if someone with a homicidal urge doesn't have a gun available, he or she will kill with a knife, baseball bat, or whatever.
Unless, as noted above, it is assumed that Canadians are inherently five times less homicidal than Americans, and Australians ten times less homicidal. I don't believe that. What I believe is that the ready availability of guns is the reason for both our very high overall intentional homicide rate and, obviously, our very high firearms homicide rate.
If terrorists from another country were wreaking such havoc on American citizens every year, killing many thousands more than died from similar terrorist attacks in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia, there would (or should) be a massive outcry:
We've got to stop our people from being murdered! If other countries can protect their citizens, so can we! We're a culture of life, not of death!
Sadly, the NRA and weak-kneed legislators have teamed up to allow all those thousands of unnecessary deaths to continue, year after year after year after year. Shameful. Every year about 9,000 people are murdered by firearms in this country.
If our firearm death rate was as low as that in the United Kingdom (48 times lower), only about 195 Americans would lose their lives each year, rather than more than 9,000.
The NRA, right-wing Republicans, and other gun nuts are alllowing the equivalent of three 9/11 terrorist attacks to take the lives of our citizens each year. Nine thousand deaths. Sickening. And highly unpatriotic.
(Unfortunately, the Democrats aren't much better.)