No, gun lovers, killing is not ba­sic hu­man right

Kyiv Post - - Opinion -

liv­ing be­ing. Those who be­lieve that it can be used by for prevent­ing vi­o­lence are deliri­ous. There will al­ways be a big­ger gun, a bet­ter shooter, a faster at­tacker.

Not to men­tion the sta­tis­ti­cal ev­i­dence. The gun-re­lated deaths in Western coun­tries cor­re­late with gun own­er­ship, which alone should be enough to put the “guns pre­vent crimes” ar­gu­ment to an end.

Civil­ians’ right for firearms is an atavism. To pro­tect our­selves, we need not guns, but rule of law and law en­force­ment sys­tem.

Last but not least, gun fans like to say that pos­sess­ing a firearm is a ba­sic hu­man right and is as­so­ci­ated with free­dom. Well, no. The right to kill isn’t a hu­man right. Or if it is, why stop­ping at guns? Surely nu­clear weapon pos­ses­sion should be al­lowed, too? And land­mines? Great for bur­glar pro­tec­tion!

The point is — weapons of any kind can’t make any­thing safer. They can kill, and that they do. We should be de­creas­ing their pres­ence in our lives, not adding new ones.

Vis­i­tors look at hand­guns at an arms ex­hi­bi­tion in Kyiv on Oct. 11, 2016. (Kostyan­tyn Ch­er­nichkin)

OLGA RU­DENKO

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