Guns Don’t Kill People, Bullets Kill People

Thought experiment: if we had sufficient technological advances to make tranquilizer bullets a viable option for human encounters, so instead of injuring/maiming/killing someone with a squeeze of a trigger, you instead just made them take a nap, would that be sufficient to satisfy most American gun enthusiasts’ criteria for “self-defense”? How many current gun-toters would be content with using sleepy-time bullets, and how many would insist that they don’t really have “freedom” unless they’re allowed to possess and carry an easy way to kill many people in a short span of time with minimal athletic ability?

(Of course, making someone take a nap at a moment’s notice is also a minor act of violence that can enable more serious acts of violence, but it still leaves you to go to some effort to kill someone.)