After the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide case last week, the call for more gun control has once again echoed through the media and halls of Congress. One sports columnist said that the NRA is the new KKK because they are causing black kids to shoot each other. Bob Costas interrupted his announcing of an NFL game to say that if we had more gun control that Belcher and his girlfriend would still be alive. Others have joined in saying that if he hadn’t had a gun, they both would be alive.
I’ve already taken issue with that statement and its flawed logic. If someone is going to kill someone else and/or kill themselves, they will use whatever means is handy. If they don’t have a gun, they will find something else to use, such as a knife, but you don’t hear anyone calling for knife control laws, do you?
In the past week, I’ve either read about crimes involving knives or heard reports on the local news about knife attacks. Here is a short list of some of those:
- A local man broke into a house and pulled a knife on homeowner and threatened to stab him if he didn’t give him money.
- A local man robbed a Speedway with knife threatening to stab the clerk.
- A local man accosted several people and threatened them with a sword.
- A college student shot his mother with a gun, then went to where his father worked and shot him in the head with an arrow and then took his own life with a knife.
- A local husband stabbed his wife with a knife because she threatened to leave him.
- A local group of youths stabbed another youth and stole his shoes.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics stated that for the period between 1993 to 2001, 10% of all violent crimes involved a firearm and 6% of all violent crimes involved a knife. A more recent report, 2009, by the Department of Justice stated:
“Of the aggravated assault offenses in 2009 for which law enforcement agencies provided expanded data, 26.9 percent were committed with hands, fists, and feet; 20.9 percent were committed with firearms; and 18.7 percent were committed with knives or cutting instruments.”
In Great Britain, where gun control is very strict, they report that a crime involving a knife happens every 24 minutes.
So why isn’t anyone calling for knife control laws? Statistically, they are being used almost as often as guns to commit crimes.
The reasons are simple. First, people don’t want to blame a failed society that has turned its back on God and God’s morals. They’ll point in every direction possible except the only one that is truly responsible. If you track the rate of violent crimes in the US by year, you will find a direct correlation with the removal of God, the Bible and Christianity from American government, schools and society in general.
One of the basic laws of gases is that a vacuum cannot exist in an open system. If one gas is removed, another gas will automatically replace it. The same is true in society. If you remove one set of values, another set will automatically replace it. If you remove one religion, another will automatically replace it. In the US, as Christianity was pushed out, paganism and hedonism filled the vacancy. People believe that they can follow their own pleasures and lusts without any moral consequence. With that, crime goes up and up.
The second reason so many people push for gun control has nothing to do with crimes. It’s about the guns. They don’t want guns in the hands of the people. The majority of those pushing to ban guns are liberals, progressives and socialists. They need to disarm the people in order to make it safer for them to take over the nation.
If people pushing for more gun control were truly concerned about crime and methods to prevent crime, then logically, they need to push for knife control also. If they don’t, then they are being hypocritical and it demonstrates that crime is not their real motive, or they are just too naïve to understand it all.