Suspect Arrested in NYC Stabbing Spree
NEW YORK -- A graffiti artist armed with five knives went on a bloody 28-hour rampage across New York City, fatally stabbing his stepfather, ex-girlfriend and her mother, running down a pedestrian with a stolen Lexus and knifing a subway passenger before being arrested in Times Square, police said.
This "graffiti artist" - really an unemployed drug addict - stabbed three people to death, injured three more, and killed another with an automobile. Four killed, three wounded, and yet this is barely a blip on the radar. Had he shot four people to death and wounded three others this would have been headline news on every news channel on the air; as it stands now it's a quick blurb, a passing story destined for a short life.
It doesn't fit the narrative - guns are evil and only made for killing people. If guns disappeared there would be no more mass killings, at least that's the impression one gets from all the grandstanding after an event like the shooting of Representative Giffords. It was the gun alone, all by itself, that caused that shooting; it couldn't possibly be the work of some deranged lunatic. Brad makes the following comment on this story:
What if Jared Loughner had mowed down Rep. Giffords with a stolen car? That was my first thought when I heard of this story. What if his use of a car resulted in six deaths and 13 injured?
It still would have been a national story, simply because it involves one of our ruling elite; however there would have been no calls for "common sense car control" or a limit on "high capacity engines".
It's not the tool. People will kill people out of anger, jealousy, or plain old bugnuts crazy no matter what implements are - or are not - at hand. It's interesting to see that no one wants to go after Henckels for their roll in this stabbing - unlike the lawsuits against Bushmaster in the wake of the DC sniper shootings. By focusing on the device used, rather than the person employing the device, we miss the target - and will continue to do so as long as our focus is on things rather than people.
As a wise man once opined: "Gun control. It's what you do instead of something."
That is all.