Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rockets don't go to the Moon. People go to the Moon.

Just as an illustration of how pervasive this moronic "guns don't kill people, people kill people" meme is throughout large swathes of the US, here's a pearl of wisdom I spotted doing the rounds on Facebook...

"To everyone who is calling for stricter gun laws in light of the tragedy in Tucson, may I offer this little tidbit: If guns kill people, then pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk, and spoons made Oprah fat! Remember: Hold the person accountable for their actions, not just the means they chose to utilize!!! Reposted from another friend's status message. Don't just like it.....repost it."

Quite right too. And let me just add a couple of choice examples of my own. Oxygen doesn't keep us alive. That's silly. People keep themselves alive by breathing. Pretty much any gas will do. And rocket technology didn't take us to the moon. If we hadn't had rockets, we'd still have got there in 1969 - we'd have just...jumped.

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