They come in different sizes, there are automatic and non-automatic versions, and they were used by UC Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger in the most recent murderous college campus rampage. No, they are not guns — they are knives.
According to the Associated Press (via ABC affiliate WFFA), the crazed sex-starved killer stabbed three men to death in his apartment before gunning down two women and a male on the UC campus. The distraught father of the sixth victim, 20-year-old Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, held an emotional news conference outside the sheriff’s office, in which he said, fighting back tears:
Chris was a really great kid. Ask anyone who knew him. His death has left our family lost and broken.
Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA.
They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’s right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say, ‘Stop this madness, we don’t have to live like this.’ Too many have died.
We should say to ourselves: Not one more.
Richard Martinez also had words for Barack Obama:
I want the president and the authorities to finally stop these killings. The only possible good thing that can come out of all this is America finally taking action.
Two questions arise. First, how would these law changes decrease the number of unregistered, illegally owned guns in the country? According to a Small Arms Survey conducted in 2007 by the Geneva, Switzerland-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, there’s no way to know how many weapons we are talking about. For what it’s worth, Gunpolicy.org estimates the number of both licit and illicit guns held by civilians in the United States to be between 270,000,000 and 310,000,000.
Second, how would these policy shifts alter the fact that half Elliot Rodger’s victims, excluding himself, were killed by knife?
This is not a trifling matter. The violent attacks on students at a school outside Pittsburgh in April were all stabbings. Luckily, none of the 21 victims died, but how does that lessen the horror of the incident?
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