For all our conceits about being the center of the universe, we live in a routine planet of a humdrum star stuck away in an obscure corner ... on an unexceptional galaxy which is one of about 100 billion galaxies. ... That is the fundamental fact of the universe we inhabit, and it is very good for us to understand that.
It's not a rock problem either
Here's a guns + scripture billboard from somewhere in the U.S. of A.:
Cain killed Abel with a rock
It's a HEART problem, not a gun problem.
Okay. So Cain killed Abel with a rock.
But in December 2012, Adam Lanza killed 26 people at a school, including 20 kids, with an assault rifle.
Over 4,000 more people in the US have been killed with guns in the 6 months since then.
Over 32,000 people in the US were killed with guns in 2011 alone. Subtracting over 19,000 suicides by gun, over 1,000 accidental or undetermined gun-related deaths, and a scant 600+ "justifiable" homicides by gun, around 11,000 gun deaths in the US in 2011 remain classified as murder.
Every year about 30,000 people, 10 times the death toll from 9/11, are killed with guns in the US. Counting only murders as the problem addressed by the billboard, that's still 11,000 people, or about 3 times the death toll from 9/11, murdered by gun every year in the US.
You're wrong, billboard. It's a gun problem.
(The false equivalency on the billboard is the same as that in this cartoon: pretending that the gun problem in the US is one of "a guy killed a guy." At 11,000 murders a year, the problem in the US is not "a guy killed a guy.")