Hydrogen bombs don’t kill people. People kill people.

“A sword never kills anybody; it’s a tool in the killer’s hand.”

Seneca the Younger (c. 3 BC – AD 65)
Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist
Letters to Lucilius (ca. 63-65)

But, what about hydrogen bombs?

“Hydrogen bombs don’t kill people — people kill people. The bomb is for self-protection and it also has a deterrent effect. If somebody knows you have a nuclear weapon in your house, they’re going to think twice about breaking in.”

Art Buchwald (1925-2007)
American humorist
In his book Laid back in Washington (1983)

Read more like this by clicking over to Quotes about guns and other things that “don’t kill people”… courtesy of Quote/Counterquote.

Okay, how about this:

“They say that ‘Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.’ Well I think the gun helps. If you just stood there and yelled BANG, I don’t think you’d kill too many people.”
― Eddie Izzard

ref: GoodReads> Eddie Izzard > Quotes > Quotable Quote

So, is the thing about ‘guns don’t kill people’ myth or fact?

Myth: Guns don’t kill people, people do.
Fact: Both guns and people kill; guns make it easier.

Read the rationale for the above assertion by clicking over to here which is brought to you by Steve Kangas of Liberalism Resurgent: A Response to the Right.

The quote below poses an interesting question:

Does the old rallying cry “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people” hold up to philosophical scrutiny?

Read: The Philosophy of the Technology of the Gun


About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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One Response to Hydrogen bombs don’t kill people. People kill people.

  1. cw martin says:

    You realize, of course, that the point of the old axiom is that if someone wants to kill, and a gun isn’t available, he’ll find something else to do it with. Tangently, if he wants to kill me and I have a gun, he might just wait for another day.


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