Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People
First off, let me give you two definitions of the word inanimate:
1} Not living: not alive.
2} Relating to nouns for non-living things: belong to a category of nouns that refer to things and concepts considered to be without life.
Therefore, a handgun is just that: an inanimate object.
It's made of steel (or some other alloy), contains dozens of working parts, and looks impressive while lying on a table doing nothing.
The limitus test.
Take a handgun, unload it, make sure there's not a round in the chamber and place it on a table. Now yell at the handgun, "Fire!"
Does anything happen after you yell, "Fire!"? Of course not.
A handgun will not work without an external force present. The external force would have to pick up the hand gun, load it, make sure a bullet is in the chamber, take the safety switch off, and squeeze the trigger.
Without that external force present, a handgun remains an object that is as deadly as a leaf falling on your head.
So to say that handguns (or any other kind of gun) kill people simply isn't correct. A handgun is simply an implement of potential destruction, just like any other implement that people may use to harm others. Without an external force present to put things in motion, the inanimate object of potential destruction remains just that.
I have no other comment to add, just because I'm so incredibly upset about the stuff I've read and heard about over the weekend that I'm fighting a raging war within myself over whether or not I should simply tear all the assholes out there a brand new one, either on the blog and/or on Facebook.