by Yvette Carnell
To demonstrate the absurdity of the gun control argument, you need look no further than Rev. Al Sharpton, who says that once we’re done with gun control, we may have to deal with knife control. That argument is to the left wing what the NRA’s argument of, ‘let’s put a gun in every school’, is to the right wing.
During his radio show last week, Sharpton said, “In any civilized society you do not see massacres continue to happen, from Tucson to Aurora to Columbine to Virginia Tech to where we are now in Newtown to Chicago and you keep the same laws when clearly they’re not working.”
That makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is the answer Sharpton gave to a caller who asked, “What happens when the criminal goes to knives, Al?”
“Then you deal with knives,” Sharpton pointedly replied. “The same thing as if you have a head cold and the same thing you do if you have a head cold and the cold is gone and you have a headache. Then you take headache medicine. The job of society is to deal with whatever problem confronts it.”
What is bothersome about this argument is the assumption that you can deal with society’s problem solely through legislation. Legislation is a part of it, and I’m all in favor of sensible gun control laws, but there is a societal, maybe even a cultural problem, in America. You’d think that a Reverend would be able to get to the crux of this deficit, but based on Sharpton’s comments, that doesn’t seem likely.
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