Recently an 18-year-old Oklahoma woman made the news for shooting an intruder while on the phone with a police dispatcher. The woman was home alone with her baby when a 24-year-old man armed with a 12-inch knife attempted to break into her home with an accomplice.
This story has given rise to a number of questions about American freedoms, the most controversial of which is always: How long will America continue to ignore its problem with assault knives?
Yes, it is stated in the 2nd Amendment that the people have a right to “bear arms”; but that was also written in a very different time in history. In those days, the average American may have needed large knives to protect themselves from bears, Englishmen, and bandits. But today, the bear has been relegated to the zoo, the most aggressive Englishman plays a doctor on your TV, and the police are there to protect us around the clock.
Realistically, for what purpose does the average person need to use a 12-inch knife? What could possibly be so large that you need an entire foot to cut through it? The largest head of organically grown lettuce can easily be bisected using two cuts of a 4-inch knife.
Sure, a large knife may have been needed for hunting, or in colonial kitchens for the purpose of cutting breads, cheeses, and meats. But again, the times have surpassed the knife with all foods coming in the form of can, slice, box, or shredded.
When we look at the facts, there can be only one purpose for such weapons, but the Big Knife lobby continues to keep the American people in danger by pulling the wool over their eyes and lining the pockets of legislators. Big Knife has been successful in blocking any legislation that would even slow the selling of assault knives.
Knowing it was futile, I called my local sheriff and asked him the number of knives sold in our county. He simply nervously laughed and hung up the phone. It’s not that he was hiding anything–he had no need to.
The fact is that are no age checks, background checks, or even accounting of knife sales in this country. Any man or woman of any mental mind frame can simply walk into a local Wal-Mart, pick up a package of assault knives (Ooh! 2 for 1!) and walk to the register. Oh yeah, while they are there, why not pick up a couple sharpeners? Never can tell how dull a knife will get after a full day of stabbin’, you know.
How many crimes have been perpetrated due to the assailant holding “courage with a handle”? Would this wayward young man have even attempted this home invasion if he had, say, a perfectly safe and reasonable electric knife? Sadly, we will never know. The bloody hands of the Big Knife lobby is covering the ears and eyes of those who swore to protect us.
Email Mr. Tesch at firstname.lastname@example.org.