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

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Entry from November 13, 2017
“Guns don’t kill people. Husbands who come home early kill people”

“Guns don’t kill people—people kill people” has been a popular pro-gun slogan since 1959. A variation involving marital infidelity has been cited in print since 1984, when it was credited to Don Rose:

“Guns don’t kill people. Husbands who come home early kill people.”


4 January 1984, The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL), Toby McDaniel column, pg. 23, col. 1:
“Guns don’t kill people; husbands who come home early kill people.” (Don Rose)

4 July 1986, Minneapolis (MN) Star and Tribune, “Games,” pg. 3C, col. 3:
“Guns don’t kill people. Husbands who come home early kill people.”

Google Books
Ole & Lena jokes. Book 5
By E. C. Stangland
Sioux Falls, SD: Norse Press
1990
Pg. 3:
Ole’s friend, Lars, has a saying: “Guns don’t kill people. Husbands who come home early kill people.”

Google Groups: rec.humor.funny
More from the One-liner Digest
Funny Guy
10/25/00
(...)
>From: (Chris Palma)
>Subject: gun control slogan

Heard on the Joey Reynolds radio show:

“Guns don’t kill people, husbands who come home early kill people.”

Google Groups: soc.penpals
Guns don’t kill people
I.Am
3/23/07
Husbands who come home early kill people.

Twitter
Joseph Lombrozo‏
@djeebus
Guns don’t kill people, husbands who come home early do.
5:33 PM - 12 Jan 2008

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
Edited by Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2012
Pg. ?:
Guns don’t kill people. Husbands who come home early kill people.

Reddit—Oneliners
Guns don’t kill people....husbands who come home early, kill people!
submitted November 13, 2017 by manlian19

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Monday, November 13, 2017 • Permalink