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Guns save life

Driving the East-West interstate across Illinois into Indiana is quite the introduction to the Bible Belt. There is a slew of hilarious Jesus billboards and a lot of pro-gun signs. The signs usually tell some kind of short story and then end with “Guns save life.”

There are are three ways to interpret this:

  1. Multiple guns have saved one life. True. I’m sure there are plenty of examples of multiple guns saving one life. I’m not sure where they are going with this. Unless they mean something else…
  2. Guns in general have saved more lives than than they have taken (“save life”). False. This has me a bit confused. It would be my estimate that since the invention of the gun, millions upon millions of people have been killed by them. Compare that to how many people have fended off an attacker with a gun and I’m thinking the scale tilts slightly toward the mass graves of war.
  3. Guns are currently saving life as we know it. False. Since you can’t eat them, or sleep underneath them, or have sex with them (hmmmmm). I think we’ll do okay without them.

I even like guns, I just hate crazy right-wing patriot assholes.