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Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Violence


Guns sole purpose is to kill, period

Yet more letters that defend guns by blaming anything and everything but the guns. Despite those who blame persons of various stripes for their defects, and claim it is not the fault of the gun, those who kill with a gun are using the gun exactly according to its purpose. Guns exist to kill people, to kill living creatures. Again, simply put, guns exist to kill.
Guns with automatic magazines exist to kill many at once. Guns have become their own commodity because of this fact and are sold covertly. Arguments that weakly compare cars or kitchen knives as instruments of death wholly fail this purpose test. In fact, such arguments beg intelligence, as do "weapon control directives" for gun owners that insist that once properly trained a person ought to avoid use of a gun for its purpose; that is, unless protecting one's "castle." Cars and kitchen knives and the like may be used to kill but their purpose is not for killing. A gun has no other purpose, despite derived uses like sport target shooters where even they shoot at targets that are simply substitutes for people or animals.
The Second Amendment of the Constitution knew what guns were for and provided their legal use and ownership for defense, as weapons that aim to keep one safe by literally granting the right to kill in defense. There is no bravado attached to owning a gun. All claims defending guns consistently ignore that guns are made to kill. It is that simple.
The Rev. Bill Kirlin-Hackett
Lynnwood
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