A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 11, 2019
“Guns don’t kill people. Drivers with cell phones do”

“Guns don’t kill people—people kill people” is a popular saying from at least 1959. “Guns don’t kill people. Drivers on/with cellphones do” is a variation on the saying that has been printed on many images.

“Guns don’t kill people, drivers using cellphones do” was a bumper sticker saying printed in the Dayton (OH) Daily News on December 18, 2004. “Guns don’t kill people, drivers with cell phones do” was posted on the newsgroup rec.music.gdead on January 2, 2005. “‘Guns Don’t Kill People. Drivers With Cellphones Do.’—Bumper sticker spotted in Chicago, though expressing a sentiment popular in Edmonton” was printed in the Edmonton (Alberta) Journal on March 26, 2006.

“My bumper sticker says, ‘Guns don’t kill people, drivers on cell phones do’” was printed in the Dayton (OH) Daily News on May 22, 2005.


18 December 2004, Dayton (OH) Daily News, “Seen & Overheard,” pg. E1, col. 1:
Larry Gilletly of Tipp City couldn’t keep from calling this one in: A bumper sticker he spotted in Miami County that read, “Guns don’t kill people, drivers using cellphones do.” He promised he was calling in on a land line.

Google Groups: rec.music.gdead
Access to RMGD
Spider Dawg
1/2/05
(...)
Guns don’t kill people, drivers with cell phones do.

22 May 2005, Dayton (OH) Daily News, “Cell-phone comments ring true with readers” by D. L. Stewart, pg. E1, col. 1:
“My bumper sticker says, ‘Guns don’t kill people, drivers on cell phones do.’”—Nate.

26 March 2006, Edmonton (Alberta) Journal, “For sale, limited time only: the moon” by Terry McConnell, pg. E2, col. 3:
MORE EXPLAINED
“Guns Don’t Kill People. Drivers With Cellphones Do.”
-- Bumper sticker spotted in Chicago, though expressing a sentiment popular in Edmonton

25 July 2006, Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution, “The Vent,” pg. C2, col. 3:
Guns don’t kill people. Drivers with cellphones do.

4 October 2007, Barrie (ON) Advance, “You take one step forward and two steps back” by Lee Ballantyne, pg. 1:
The 21st century brings with it myriad auto accessories. For $50, you can have a licence plate holder that flashes a scrolling digital message (how about, guns don’t kill people, drivers with cellphones do) to drivers behind you.

6 July 2008, Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, FL), “Blog readers respond to our online columns,” pg. 5E, col. 1:
An excerpt from a recent Cone Zone traffic blog by Chuck McGinness:

Spotted on the rear bumper of a beat-up Buick tooling down Jog Road yesterday:"Guns don’t kill people. Drivers on cell phones do."I thought for sure the driver would be on the phone, but he wasn’t.

Twitter
Code Fairy
@zigdon
“Guns don’t kill people, drivers with cellphones do” (twitted while the car was stopped).
4:03 PM · Sep 18, 2008·Cloudhopper

17 January 2009, Great Falls (MT) Tribune, “The edge: Limp a mile in their shoes,” pg. A6, col. 6:
Bumper sticker of the week
Guns don’t kill people Drivers on cell phones do
Spotted by an alert reader on a green Ford Ranger in Great Falls.

Twitter
cityrat
@cityrat
Bumper sticker seen at gun show:  “Guns don’t kill people, drivers on cell phones kill people.”
9:36 PM · Jan 18, 2009·Twitter Web Client

29 January 2010, The Star (Johannesburg, South Africa), “Oxygin and hydrogin baffle the brainium” by James Clarke, pg. 12:
FREE BUMPER STICKERS
Work harder - millions on welfare depend on you.
Guns don’t kill people. Drivers with cellphones do.

3 August 2010, The Northern Light (Bathurst, NB), “Incident shows how drivers on cell phones are a menace,” pg. A5:
You know, people talk about the gun control, and how guns should be registered and put away in a safe place. Well, horse hockey to all of you - guns don’t kill people, drivers with cell phones do!

18 September 2010, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), “Getting texty,” pg. 14:
Seen on a bumper sticker this week: “Guns don’t kill people; drivers with cell phones do.”

Google Books
Talk to Strangers:
How Everyday, Random Encounters Can Expand Your Business, Career, Income, and Life

By David Topus
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Pg. 54:
Today’s bumper stickers say things like “Driver Carries No Cash...He’s Married,” “Four Out of Three People Have Trouble with Fractions,” or “Guns Don’t Kill People; Drivers With Cell Phones Do.”

Twitter
Drew Feutz, CFP®
@dfeutz
A guy talking on his phone with a bumper sticker saying, “Guns don’t kill people, drivers on their cellphones do.”
1:38 PM · Jul 5, 2019 from Carmel, IN·Twitter for Android

Posted by Barry Popik
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