I would like to address the National Rifle Association’s proposition that “guns don’t kill people; people kill people.”

Using the ancient philosophical Latin tenet of “reductio ad absurdum” (reduce the proposition to an absurdity and see if it still holds), suppose that the only weapon we could use to kill people would be toothpicks — toothpicks!

How many people do you think would be killed by toothpicks in a given year?

People don’t kill people; guns kill people.

Harlie Peterson