Disclaimer: The following post is meant to be a sarcastic rant and nothing more. It is not to be taken seriously. If you really believe that I mean this stuff in a serious context, please seek counseling on the big, brown ugly ass couch and you will feel better since I will not respond to any post that tries to make this more than the piece of political dark-witted tripe that it is! Of course watching certain political figures using certain tragedies and the victims of them for their own gain sickens me as much as anything else. Both parties do it. That is my opinion…
In light of the latest attack on 15 people at the Lone Star College in Cypress, TX some fringe groups are beginning to lobby congress to pass requirements that box cutters, utility knives, sharp gardening tools, hatchets, machetes, and such materials would be sold only to those who are contractors in the State of Texas or those who are utilizing these tools must be in possession of a sales tax certificate that will enable them to sell arts and crafts that they produce. Anyone else who wants these must take a 3 hour training course requiring safety rules be taught on where these can be kept and such. There will also be a number on the limit of blades and such that anyone can buy for a refill.
Alright…I’ve already established that this is nothing more than dark witted tripe. So now you are probably thinking, “What the hell is she going on about?” It is simple. I will spell it out for you. Whether it is a gun with a limited number of bullets, or a box cutter, they can both become “mechanisms for confrontation”. There is one thing people might want to consider in the gun debate though. With a limited number of bullets, it will take time to re-load, which will give people time to escape or take down the attacker.
On the other hand, a box cutter, utility knife, or other sharp items–like machetes, can be used repetitively, relatively silently, and swiftly before anyone can take any action because those doing it can hide in a crowd if they get away, and the people who commit crimes using guns or this type of weapon are the exceptions and not the rule. More laws and such will not stop these killings. The events at Lone Star College only serve to prove the point.
There are other points to ponder here. Shouldn’t those who are known to be deranged enough to commit such an act have access to anything like this? I am willing to bet that most will answer “no”, but the only way to stop this is to stop closing down mental health facilities and stop having more staff at the mental hospitals than beds available for the patients. People who are this far gone should not be running around loose and untreated in a free society.
To continue to allow this will only endanger more people. And for those who have no record of mental illness who commit such depraved acts the answer is simple. When they kill, rape, and or cause grievous bodily harm, lock them up. NO light sentences for violent crimes and such. That will stop a lot those who can obviously tell right from wrong from going to the “largest hotel chain in the U.S.”–which is the correctional facility.
To think that outlawing or severely limiting ownership of any mechanism of confrontation, whether it be a gun, machete or whatever is going to stop crimes or reduce the numbers dying each year is, at best, erroneous thought. Again, the people who commit these acts are the exception and not the rule and since they are the ones doing most of the violent acts, they will find other ways to carry out destruction regardless of what is taken away from society.