A bunch of people who like guns have made arguments at me about why I am wrong. Here are the arguments in brief, and my replies to them:
Argument: Most guns are used in self-defense.
Reply: I don’t care. I want a world with no guns, because by “self-defense” you still mean “threatening to kill someone,” and I want a world where nobody ever threatens to kill anyone.
Argument: I have rights.
Reply: No, you don’t, rights are a fiction. All you have is a desperate insistence that you have rights.
Argument: Guns have done a lot of good, like stopping Hitler.
Reply: I don’t care. A world with zero guns is still the optimally desirable world, and we must strive for the optimally desirable world.
Argument: A gun isn’t made to harm people, it’s made to shoot projectiles.
Reply: I don’t care. It is a major source of harm, and its total elimination would make for a more desirable world.
Argument: That’s never going to happen.
Reply: You don’t know, and I don’t care. I think in 500-year increments, not 5-year ones.
Argument: Passing laws doesn’t do anything.
Reply: Then everyone should surrender their guns willingly, to make for a better world. Throw them into the sea.
Argument: What about legitimate uses like hunting and target shooting?
Reply: Hunting is an intolerable savagery. Target shooting is (1) a waste of time and (2) not so great a benefit that it changes the fact that a world without guns is better than a world with guns.
Argument: What about safe gun ownership with minimal risk?
Reply: No amount of risk is tolerable where the object in question has no useful purpose.
Argument: Why are you imposing your beliefs on me?
Reply: Because I don’t like death and the existence of guns is the source of a lot of death.