Friday’s knife attack at London Bridge is proof that knife control in the United Kingdom (UK) is no more effective than gun control in the United States.
Usman Khan, 28, convicted of "terrorism offenses" in 2012, killed two people, injuring three others before bystanders held him at bay — one wielding a narwhal tusk and the other a fire extinguisher.
Armed police officers eventually arrived on the scene and shot the suspect, killing him.
U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness (ret.) observed that attacks of this nature would be less likely if the right to keep and bear arms weren’t curtailed.
"Why is a right to keep and bear arms essential to a free society?" he asked.
"Because citizens should not be forced to pick up a narwhal tusk and fire extinguisher to stop a terrorist, that’s why."
An example occurred one day after the London attack, when an attempted armed robbery of a Hardee’s restaurant at an Atlanta suburb was thwarted by an armed bread delivery truck driver, according to local 11 Alive news.
No customers or employees were injured, including the truck driver. No money was taken.
Although the suspect managed to escape, police took him into custody less than 24 hours later. Proof once again that it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun.
But forget about gun control — the UK has embarked on a knife control program.
"No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife," London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted as his city’s murder rate began overtaking that of New York City. "Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law."
How has that worked out for the UK?
While the number of knife-related crimes has remained relatively flat in the United States, they’ve risen in the United Kingdom, The Wall Street Journal reported. Looking at each country’s largest city, New York has seem a sharp decline in homicides overall, while London has reported a slight rise.
To paraphrase an oft-heard slogan among gun owners, when knives are outlawed, only outlaws will have knives.
"If you set out to write a parody showing the folly of gun control," wrote Robert Tracinski for The Federalist, "it might look something like [Britain’s knife control]."g
And we see the same dog chasing the same tail in the United States.
California witnessed three high-profile shootings two weeks ago within a four-day span:
- Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, where a 16-year-old gunman killed two and injured three before taking his own life;
- San Diego, where the gunman killed his estranged wife and three of his children before turning the weapon on himself; and,
- Fresno, where two gunmen entered a backyard party and opened fire into the crowd, killing four and injuring six others.
And gun control activists pounced.
"The failure to protect our communities, families, and children is a waking nightmare that needs to end," former congresswoman and gun control advocate Gabrielle Giffords said in response. "If we don’t act, generations of Americans will expect gun violence to be a public safety threat that could change their lives no matter where they live."
But Giffords left out the most noteworthy aspect of the shootings: They occurred in a state having some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.
But that didn’t stop them from trying — even to the point of absurdity.
One day after the Santa Clarita school shooting, NBC Nightly News made gun control the subject of its "What Matters" segment. Leading the list was a proposal to ban sporting rifles like AR-15s, what media often calls "assault rifles."
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a 2020 presidential hopeful, was interviewed in the segment and said she would also begin a mandatory gun buyback program and designate AR-15-style rifles as class-3 weapons, putting them into the same family as machine guns.
Yet the gunmen in all three incidents used a handgun — not a rifle.
Even more ludicrous, while Harris and NBC News implied that blame for the California shootings should be placed on weapons that weren’t used, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, another 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, faulted the National Rifle Association.
"We don’t yet have all the details of the horrifying events in Santa Clarita," he tweeted. "But we do know that in America today, children are scared to go to school. Parents and teachers are terrified. And that can’t stand. It is time to hold the NRA and our leaders in Washington accountable.
Blaming shootings on the NRA is akin to faulting vehicular homicides on the American Automobile Association. And blaming Friday’s attack on inadequate knife control is just as ridiculous.
Besides, when attacks do occur (and they will), not everyone has a narwhal tusk at his disposal.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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