Gordon Howie still doesn't understand how to include hyperlinks to tell his story. But I'll take his bait anyway.
Howie shouts the predictable satirical nonsense about how liberals ought to be screaming for background checks on knife purchases following the knife attack at Lone Star College in Cypress, Texas. A 20-year-old named Dylan Quick appears to have injured 14 people before a group of students chased, tackled, and subdued him.
Quick had no gun. He killed no one. Had Quick's childhood fantasies of mayhem driven him to pick up a gun instead of a knife, it's highly likely there'd be funerals in Cypress. It's also unlikely a whole group of students could have so successfully pursued him. You don't have to duck and weave when you're running after a nut with a knife.
Background checks on knives are silly. The daily utility of knives far outweighs the risk of social damage therefrom. People can purchase knives for many useful purposes other than to do harm. Background checks on gun purchases are a different matter. Guns exist to do harm to others, period. Guns represent a quantum leap in power over a knife. Guns thus warrant a higher level of legal scrutiny in a society that seeks to make sure no individual amasses too much power.
The proper policy response we should expect from South Dakota conservatives like Gordon Howie is an immediate petition drive to place an initiated measure on the 2014 ballot to allow—nay, require!—all South Dakota teachers, school administrators, custodians, and other volunteers to carry knives—big honkin' Bowie knives, on their hips—in our schools to protect our children from knife attacks. Declaring themselves knife-free zones makes our children sitting ducks for knife-wielding madmen.
And we all know the only way to stop a bad guy with a knife is a good guy with a knife.