The idea of knife control was, up until recently, pretty much a quip used by Second Amendment supporters to point out that it’s not the weapon that’s responsible for the crime but rather the criminal. And then, London’s Sadiq Khan stepped in.
Khan, for those of you who haven’t heard, is presiding over a city with a higher murder rate than New York even though firearms are pretty much verboten in ol’ Blighty. So, he did what any sensible man who wanted to become a worldwide punchline would do — he announced a war on knives.
“No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law,” Khan wrote on Twitter earlier this month.
No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law. https://t.co/XILUvIFLOW
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) April 8, 2018
Khan quickly became a figure of fun in some quarters of the political landscape, and one might think his knife policy would have been contained to the British Isles. After all, this is England; all sorts of bizarre ideas start there, including knife control, the NHS and black pudding. For the most part, they stay there, and this is a very good thing.
Alas, however, the knife contagion has come to the United States, and in a most surprising place — Texas.
According to KXAN, Lori Brown — who lost her son in a knife attack — has met with “policy advisers in Gov. Greg Abbott’s office about her concerns over Texas knife laws and security on college campuses.”
“I have nothing to lose. I will not take ‘no’ for an answer,” Brown said. “If something like (the stabbing attack) happens again, I just don’t know what I would do.”
Brown’s son Harrison was one of four people who were stabbed during a spree killing at the University of Texas Austin in May 2017. Kendrex White, 21, now faces charges of murder and aggravated assault after the attack with a “Bowie-style” knife.
“Bottom line: It should have never happened that day. It should not have happened. (White) should have not been allowed to have an illegal knife on him and use it to murder somebody,” Brown said.
Texas, believe it or not, already has some knife control in place. While HB 1935 expanded access to certain kinds of knives that can be carried, it also made it illegal to carry larger knives in a number of places, including schools, correctional facilities, sporting events and venues where more than 51 percent of the revenue comes from alcohol sales. full story