“As for gun control advocates, I have no hope whatever that any facts whatever will make the slightest dent in their thinking – or lack of thinking.” – Thomas Sowell
In light of recent events, like the second Fort Hood shooting, there has been a resurgence of gun control talk. Gun control litters the media landscape. Every time a new shooting occurs, one can expect a new, and invigorated wave of activists rallying around stricter gun laws. I agree, gun control is an important issue, and one that needs to be dealt with properly. But in our zealous pursuit of disarmament, we are completely forgetting an equally righteous pursuit.
On Wednesday, April 9th, a 16 year-old student went on a rampage at his high school, near Pittsburg Pennsylvania. He was not armed with a gun, but with two knives. His stabbing spree injured approximately 20 people—some of the injuries were quite severe.
Senior Michael Float described what he saw in the halls: “He had his shirt pulled up and he was screaming, ‘Help! Help!’…He had a stab wound right at the top right of his stomach, blood pouring down.”
This is not an isolated incident. A knife attack occurred last month in China, leaving 6 dead. We put so much energy into gun control, but what about the weapons to which everyone has access? We need knife control, and we need it now.
Knives are available everywhere. You can purchase them at any home goods store without identification, and there are no restrictions on the number of knives able to be purchased. Anyone can walk into a store, pick up a knife, and use it to kill. This is incredibly serious. If we are to implement knife control, we should do it in a sensible way. We should model knife control after gun control. After all, they are both deadly weapons, and should be treated in the same way.
1. Background checks. It’s a simple solution. Background checks would ensure that no one with a criminal history, or a history of psychosis gets their hands on a knife.
2. Knives, like guns, should be sold only in specialty stores. If they continue to be sold in home goods stores, they should be placed behind the counter, or under glass.
3. Length restrictions. Very few people need 8 inch knives–you might call them assault knives. Special exemptions could be given to chefs, and other restaurant workers, but the sale of any knives over 3 inches should be banned.
4. There should be put into place restrictions on the number of knives owned by any one person. No one needs more than one knife.
5. Knives should be expensive. If the price goes up, fewer people will buy them.
The big knife lobby will lie to you, and tell you that Americans should be allowed to have as many knives as they want. They will tell you that restricting knives isn’t the answer; they will tell you that law abiding knife owners aren’t the ones abusing knives; they may even try to convince you that having a knife may save your life. It’s propaganda. Don’t you believe it. If we can eliminate knives altogether, the violence will end altogether. Without knives, there would be no violence.
Fight the big knife money, and join me in the fight for knife control.