Let’s also make anyone who manufactures anything that someone could use in a violent or life-threatening way pay blood money when their products harm or take a life.
You ever bother to read all of the warnings that come with, say, a new hair dryer? You know, the ones that warn you not to try to dry your hair while in the shower or bathtub lest you be electrocuted?
Yeah, those all exist because somewhere, some idiot either tried to blow dry her hair in the shower and became a crispy critter or a group of lawyers and other bean counters got together and brainstormed a list of cover-your-ass product warnings to avoid a lawsuit.
I don’t know how to make this any more clear, but I’ll try again and I’ll use small words:
Guns and gun makers don’t cause gun violence. Violent criminal thugs cause gun violence.
This is as asinine as calling for a “hurt feelings tax” on, say, entities like The New York Times when someone uses words that make someone else feel bad. Or, of course, we could list the more obvious organizations that should be charged blood money for the harm their products cause:
- Car manufacturers. After all, more people die in car accidents than by mass shootings.
- Food makers, restaurants, and farmers. Their products are responsible for obesity and, therefore, early death.
- Alcohol producers. People drink and alcohol causes alcoholism and drunk driving and abuse.
- Knife makers. Knives kill people, too. We cannot let Ginsu get away with these atrocities anymore.
Shall I continue?
Of course, the thing missing here is this: our culture can never, ever, ever blame the shooter for violence. It’s always the fault of the gun. Or the movie. Or the bullying. Or whatever politically correct cause the media can blame it on. It just happens to be guns right now because, since Sandy Hook, the left has been itching for gun control and has lost massively at the polls and in Congress.