King of the Walrus People, Michael Moore’s twitter message is a common rejoinder to those making the argument that if someone wants to kill someone else, guns aren’t necessary. For example, baseball bats, cars, knives, anything really can be misused for harm just like guns.
(2/2)Lots of things can kill u but their primary purpose is 4something else (transport u, feed u, etc).The main purpose of a gun is 2 kill.—
Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 30, 2012
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this point made. The problem is that it’s only true technically, it needs some qualification. What I mean is, while a gun’s purpose is to kill, its purpose isn’t to kill innocent people. Guns are intended to kill people who are doing great harm one’s own self, or to another, i.e., self-defense or defense of another; as well as to defeat designated enemy combatants in a military campaign.
The point is that even though guns are for killing, they are not intended for killing innocent people. This is the important distinction liberals refuse to make. Just like cars are for transportation and bats are for sports, guns are for defense and military offense. There are proper uses and improper uses. The tool is not responsible for the owner’s misuse no matter how scary the tool may be.