By now I'm sure everyone's heard about the student who stabbed more than 20 of his peers at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA. Two things spring to mind when thinking about this tragedy.
First, why on earth did the students scream and shout and run about like chickens with their heads cut off? Have we raised and schooled and socialized and 'educated' our children to be wimps? When I was in high school, if anyone had started slashing wildly with a pair of knives it would have taken only seconds before he was deluged with every satchel, suitcase and book-bag in sight, followed by every nearby able-bodied male 'piling on' as violently as possible. There would have been many fewer casualties before the attacker was subdued. (I'm not exaggerating - I saw a couple of incidents of naked aggression that were dealt with very effectively by fellow students before teachers could arrive.) I can't for the life of me understand why high school students would allow themselves to be victimized in this fashion. I can only assume that the non-stop school system propaganda against normal male attitudes and aggression (and yes, it may not be politically correct to say so, but most adolescent males have more than their fair share of aggression) has finally had its desired effect.
You know, if my son, whom I'd raised according to my understanding of what it means to be a man, came home and confessed to me that he'd hung back out of fear for his own safety while he watched a madman slash and stab a girl in front of him . . . I honestly don't know how I'd react, but I promise you this, it wouldn't be pretty. A man doesn't behave like that. Ever. If that makes you call me a Neanderthal or uncivilized, so be it. That's who I am, and I'm not about to change. (Readers are free to disagree in Comments if they please.)
The second thing is that this incident proves yet again the futility of trying to control objects in order to prevent crime. If you ban guns, criminals will disobey the ban. If they can't get a gun, they'll turn to other weapons like knives. If you ban knives, the next step is spears, or baseball bats, or 2x4's, or whatever. The weapon used in the crime is largely irrelevant. The criminal is the deciding factor in whether or not it will be committed.
- When a drunk driver hits and kills a pedestrian, we charge him - not his vehicle.
- When a student stabs more than 20 of his peers, we charge him - not his knives.
- When a gunman shoots another person, we charge him - not his firearm.
I've not heard any calls to ban or control knives after this tragedy. That would be so stupid as to invite nationwide ridicule, after all. However, we continue to hear calls for 'gun control' after almost every incident in which a firearm is used to commit a crime. Isn't it time that those concerned acknowledged that such calls have nothing to do with crime, but everything to do with their desire to control us? Knife control would have done little or nothing to stop this incident - after all, the perpetrator allegedly took kitchen knives from his own home. In the same way, gun control will do little or nothing to stop crimes committed with guns.