Is it the Gun? Is it the Knife?
D. Blanks, Ph.D.
control supporters often use the "do it for the children" argument in
their demonization of guns. These people claim that the presence of guns in the
hands of honest citizens is the reason that we have school shootings. The cries
of gun control and school shootings are not only limited to US sources.
Following the Columbine attack, the main headlines in leading newspapers in
Japan had such things as "How sick is the gun culture in the U.S.?" Of
course, such thinking is not only absurd, but it has no basis. This point is
magnified by a recent
school attack in Japan.
In this school attack, a total
of 29 students were stabbed along with several teachers. Of this group, 8
children died. Almost all of those attacked were young children in the first and
second grades. Columbine was truly a
horrific event, but this latest Japanese school attack is certainly an adequate
rival. The reporting of this event also notes how crime is increasing in Japan
to record levels. And this is a country with some of the most extreme gun
control in the world, not to mention initiatives through the United Nations to
ban guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens on an international level.
These Japanese children were
attacked while in their school classrooms for the most part. Some were attacked
while running away. A former school employee that apparently had mental problems
attacked them. Of course, this is an all too common theme for Americans, with
the only difference being that a kitchen knife was used instead of a gun. After
the Columbine attack, guns were at least assigned some blame by the vast
majority of the media and the calls for more gun control were common. The NRA
was vilified and protested with people saying that the NRA should be ashamed.
The mayor of Denver, Colorado was outraged that the NRA would dare hold their
annual meeting in his city after Columbine. Leftist and gun control / "Million
Mom March" supporter Rosie O’Donnell declared that "anyone who
owns a gun should be thrown in jail." As if the NRA, a group formed in 1871
to promote firearm knowledge and safety was responsible for the actions of the
two thugs at Columbine. Yes, the NRA and gun makers should be ashamed because
two lunatics did a terrible thing and they happened to use a gun. Should the
knife makers now be ashamed? Should all knife owners be vilified because they
happen to own a knife? Should we expect to have knife show legislation proposed
as was the case in Colorado, Oregon, and of course Congress last year? Or, does
this not somehow fit into the agenda of those wishing to ban firearms from the
hands of law-abiding citizens? Is this really about the children?
This terrible event in Japan
proves once again that those that wish to commit terrible crimes will do so.
Someone who is determined to carry out a crime at all cost is often successful.
The best way to stop such people is to insure that their intended victims have a
fighting chance. In this world, that means that a teacher or school
administrator has access to a firearm and knows how to use it. Such an option
has already stopped several attacks in US schools and if widely available would
have stopped more.
To the families and relatives
of the children killed in this terrible school attack in Japan, I send my most
sincere sympathies. However, I ask the Japanese newspapers and gun control
supporters world wide to understand a key point. The "illness" you
like to talk about is not limited to the US, and it has nothing to do with guns.
This is about the value that people place on human life. Stop focusing on
inanimate objects and we might find a way to put an end to this phenomenon. If
it is really about the children, then this discussion has nothing to do with
guns or knives.
About the Author:
Dr. Blanks is a Senior Research Scientist with the leading R&D company in
the world. In the past, Dr. Blanks was supportive of many of the current
proposals offered by gun control groups. However, through research into the
effectiveness of such measures and the value of firearm ownership in the
prevention of millions of crimes each year, Dr. Blanks is now an advocate for
self defense and firearm ownership rights. He is a Board member of Doctors
for Sensible Gun Laws. Dr. Blanks can be reached at email@example.com.