Of course, that’s just as absurd a statement as many others that are spouted out in the gun control debate.
Do guns become animate and start firing by themselves? Perhaps sensor-controlled ones would, but fortunately there aren’t many of those around, certainly not in movie theatres and schools, thank goodness. It’s what’s on the other end of the trigger finger that’s responsible, surely?
The above was prompted by reading Data suggest guns do in fact kill people in the online version of The Economist. This article concludes:
“It's really not terribly shocking that making it harder to get your hands on machines designed to kill people results in fewer people being killed. But we've worked very hard over the past few decades to convince ourselves otherwise.”
Go read the article and ponder the arguments for and against gun control.