The online community of knife collectors, A Knife Family Forged in Steel
(What’s written is an opinion on my part)
I don’t know what’s in the drinking water of Connecticut but at the high school in a neighboring town a 16 yr. old knifed to death a girl who refused to go to the junior prom with him. 7 AM, just before classes, in the main hall, in front of everyone he cut her throat. It’s in all the media, over and over. Her funeral was today. It’s an incredibly sad situation. It’s a nice town; a nice high school. Everyone’s asking “Why?”
Today’s paper covered all the recent knifings that occurred including the 16 yr. old who stabbed 22 students in a PA school (April 10) with two kitchen knives and the Utah HS football player who was stabbed to death (April 27).
The article was not antagonistic but it did produce statistics. Statistics catch peoples’ eyes. In 2012, 10,444 weapons-used homicides occurred in the USA. Knives or similar instruments were used in 15% of the cases. In CT, 129 homicides were committed with weapons; 13% with cutting instruments.
Knife users/collectors have been under siege for quite a while now. We all know that. Incidents described above don’t help our position even though they were committed by kids probably using kitchen cutlery.
Now all the wise lawmakers will start to raise their eyebrows and most likely go after serious, experienced users and collectors like us. It always seems to be the case. “We’ve got to do something! We’ve got to do something!”
Such a scenario will, as usual, sidestep the issue of childhood mental problems. As of this writing the assailant is still in a psychiatric ward in a local hospital, while experts are trying to figure out what happened.
All the experts also said you can’t associate it to violence on TV like the show “The Following” (a serial killer doing in his victims by stabbing). Of course we shouldn’t develop such a theory that incessant violence on TV/movies/games has anything to do with influencing young minds. That’s absurd. The real problem is the KNIFE!
I can see this Orwellian scene in the in the not too distant future: you’ll have to be 21 or over, produce ID and sign a document (similar to purchasing a firearm) if you want to buy a set of kitchen knives at Walmart’s. Today there are a number of Walmart’s that do not even carry a pocket knife in the sporting goods department and the kitchen cutlery is locked up on the pegs.
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