Move Over, NRA. Meet the Knife Lobby.
It's hard to determine whether New York-style anti-knife laws actually make the streets safer. According to the FBI, knives were used in 13 percent of homicides in 2010. Jan Billeb, the executive director of the American Knife and Tool Institute ("Imagine Your Life Without a Knife"), claims that the overwhelming majority of knife crimes are committed with kitchen knives.
Ritter worries that if "the demonization of knives" continues, we'll end up like Europe, where knives are often strictly regulated. He recalls a trip to England, where folding blades longer than three inches are illegal and you can't carry any knife in public "without good reason."
What was bizarre about this particular non-issue is that no one was basically in the wrong. What Costas said was technically not incorrect. There is an extremely unhealthy 'gun culture' in the United States....and for Americans not to acknowledge that is pretty fascinating..
Hey Okie.....how many people have you shot yet with your guns? How long you been carrying?
If not....0. I don't own a gun and haven't owned one for about 30 years. But now that it is open carry I'm tempted to get one just to carry around...but I drink too often so I'm still pondering ownership.
Alcohol causes nearly 4 percent of deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence, the World Health Organization warned on Friday.
PS: Never quote anything from a troll like Whitlock. Whitlock believes in nothing but stirring shit.
The only thing that could have kept Kassandra alive that day....is if she'd have had a gun. That is true, even if Javon hadn't had one. He was probably going to kill her one way or another. The only way she could have protected herself from him was with a gun. No amount of rhetoric, or hysteria about "gun culture" or wannabe sophisticates like sweetnsourpoke, can change that simple fact.
Wanna be sophisticates? LOL! Okay.....keep clutching your guns and living in fear.
Hope you someday get to live out your fantasy of killing a bad guy.....if your kid doesn't accidently blow his head off first.
It's always amusing how people like you resort to attributing everything to fear on the part of people you disagree with. It's simple condescension, and it isn't even cleverly disguised. It does however flag you immediately as to not having much of a rational argument, or counterpoint.
I don't have a fire alarm in my house because I'm gripped with a fear of fire.
I don't have full coverage auto insurance because I'm gripped with a fear hail stones ruining the exterior aesthetics of my vehicles.
Likewise, I don't own guns because I'm fearful of people breaking into my home.
I simply have those things because they each answer risk with preparedness.
I also don't wish to kill anyone. I know it makes you feel intelligent to presume and assert that anyone who owns guns is a simpleton, but you are the one who is resorting to insults in lieu of logic, so it is you who comes off as simple.
It's not fear, huh? Hey, you might be right. It could just be an insurance policy.
But my brother sleeps at night with a loaded shotgun on the floor next to his bed....every single night. And he has two kids between 4 and 7. Another gal I know sleeps with a loaded handgun on her nightstand every single night. My sister-in-law carries a pistol in her purse and has another in her car. This isn't Kinshasa or Kabul or Nuevo Laredo. It's Oklahoma City. What the hell is going on here?
God and guns. You know as well as I do that you have, I'm guessing, a 98% chance in your lifetime of never using a gun in self-defense (Jerome Ersland was really lucky, huh?) but people carry anyway. It's that ILLUSION of safety and security. Whatever helps them sleep better at night. Kind of like that toddler and her blanket. Likewise, I think most rational people know that when you die you aren't going to meet up with Uncle Walt and Aunt Bernice for dominoes up in heaven....but people somehow keep believing in Christ for the ILLUSION that everything will be okay.
I'm not saying ban guns. America is too far gone for that. Why? Our GUN CULTURE. It exists. Unfortunately.
My wife was going to work one morning in rural Oklahoma when she was accosted by a serial rapist. He put a key to her throat, told her it was a knife, and then threw her into the trunk of his car. Fortunately, she had her cellphone and she called me. I'm not going to go through all of the details, but she was very fortunate and before he could **** and brutalize her, he wrecked the car while being pursued with her still in the trunk. The system worked, right? I called the police, they caught the bad guy. Except the two women before her weren't so lucky. He repeatedly ****d them, sodomized them, beat the hell out of them and pissed on them. He was on the run when he came upon my wife, so it is very possible he wasn't planning on leaving another witness. He never used a gun. For the other women he didn't use any weapon at all. Exactly one thing would have saved those women and prevented my wife from being kidnapped, and that one thing is a gun. Feel free to give me the statistics about how my wife is very unlikely to be accosted again. I will pass them on to her. I'm sure she will find it very assuring. Here is the thing, though. She doesn't live in fear. What she does know, however, is that she can prevent something like that from ever happening by carrying a gun and knowing how to use it, so she has chosen to do so.
Arguing gun control laws with rednecks from Oklahoma is like trying to argue race with Bruthaman. Might as well go ram your head into a wall, you'll come away more intelligent and with less of a headache.
How about some blame for our hip hop and rap culture that has taught millions of kids it's cool to be a gangster, to beat women, to kill cops, or anybody who "disrespects" you? Do video games get any blame? You know the ones where kids sit for hours mindlessly killing.
The "gun culture" has very little to do with the violence in this country. How many killings do you see at gun stores, gun shows, shooting ranges and the like versus how many shootings to you see at places where guns are not allowed like schools, movie theaters, post offices and work?