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Rev. Al Sharpton Says After Gun Control, We May Have to Deal With Knife Control


Rev. Al Sharpton Says After Gun Control, We May Have to Deal With Knife Control

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 Al_Sharptoncontrol, 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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  1. Ms. Miller

    January 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    The root of the problem is that we live in a country that has a long history of VIOLENCE. Until we deal with the way a lot of people tend to “glorify” violent acts — including: wife beating, gang wars, drive-by shootings, and the whole nine-yards….the problem will persist.

    I agree that folks don’t need to have the big machine guns, the military assault weapons with the huge magazine clips…so there should be some type of regulations on that.

    Actually a lot of our problems are because of IGNORANCE and POVERTY. Most of the Congress is not concerned about that.

  2. Destitute American

    January 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    What is missing in all this— whether it is guns, knives or barbecue forks (all of which I could go rampaging with to varying degrees of success depending on when, where and how I chose my victims), is that all of this violence is at the most basic level opportunistic crimes. And with opportunistic crimes, building a low annoying wall against them is just as effective as building a high impenetrable one.
    A predator is going to prey, crazy or sane, and they are looking for the opportunity to exploit. What you have to use legislation for is to minimize the opportunities by putting in place safeguards rather than penalizing those who are not predators.

    Gun control, knife control, or barbecue fork control is not a panacea. However, making a predator really work and deeply think for his kills by displaying an extraordinary degree of determination and organization in order to commit any violent act is a better deterrent and significantly lowers the odds that he or she can succeed in the violent act. We tax, audit, maintain databases, demand CEU credits and other fees for professional careers and llicenses, why not make it simply more onerous to justify having 50 guns at your hovel and 10,000 rounds of ammunition? Why not have tracking units embedded in every gun with the owner details and how many are suddenly ‘on the move’ alerts? Let the owners bear the cost for bearing arms. We tag criminals with ankle monitors. American is already a police state and if you do not get that at this point, you are a fool.

    If you want a gun or a couple of guns, fine. If you want an arsenal because you claim to be a “collector,” that is fine too but you do not need stockpiles of bullets for all of these guns you ostensibly are “just admiring” in your display case. And without filing something about taking your unloaded wares to a public event for display, the radar should never show all of these being loaded and headed for the nearest school, mall, movie theater etc. without swat descending on the mover. Stop pretending this is not a violent society. Stop pretending profiling is not real. Just stop pretending.

  3. Karl

    January 3, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Can someone please ask Al where this magical “Civilized Society” is? Is it Norway? Mumbai? Russia? All have outlawed private ownership of firearms without massive hurdles, and all have experienced massacres in the past 5 years. People who want to commit atrocities will always find a way to do it.

  4. Barry Bibbs

    January 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Teachers and Gun, it is stupid to think that teachers can be instrumental in preventing or stopping attacks like SandyBrook. Assault squads are trained to take on situations like that. We have thousand of police who can not qualify to be part of an assault squad, yet some think that we can can qualify teachers. Hmmmmm.

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