Vice President Giggles Biden applauded the move, telling reporters, "Hey. If someone breaks into your house with a knife, just click your nail clippers at him, and that'll scare him away."
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The above news release from April 2014 illustrates the idiocy of assigning culpability to an inanimate weapon. Knives have been around since man first learned how to chip obsidian to make a cutting edge. And they were then – and still are – one of the most prevalent and useful tools we have.
Guns have been around since the Chinese accidentally discovered that a mixture of sulphur, salt peter, and charcoal would explode when ignited. And guns have been since their invention and remain one of the most useful and – in the United States at least – prevalent tools our species has ever devised.
Both knives and guns – along with bricks, rocks, and baseball bats – can of course be used for evil, but the good they do far outweighs the deleterious effects of their occasional misuse. Imagine trying to carve a turkey without a knife or trying to protect yourself against a man with a knife without a gun.
Besides , if we learned nothing else from the grand experiment that consumed the United States from 1920 to 1933, we should have learned that the only way you can ban alcohol is to do it before alcohol has been invented. Once the technology exists, anyone can make alcohol – or a knife – or a gun.
Any attempts to ban them, then, would seem to be an exercise in futility – unless the would be banners have another agenda in mind. Could it possibly be that their purpose is to reduce the United States to a gun-free, incentive-free, exceptionalism-free clone of Europe, and that all the bull scat about public safety is just that – bull scat?
If the Washington clowns were actually interested in the safety of our children, they would certainly recognize the obvious fact that the only way to deter school attacks – whether with guns, knives, or ball bats – would be to arm teachers, administrators, and janitors with guns.
But the safety of our children, obviously, is not their intent.