Gun Crime in Chicago and Knife Crime in Britain have same Root Cause

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 16th, 2014

Week in Review

Chicago is adrift in a sea of blood.  Despite their strict gun laws there is an epidemic of gun violence in the city.  And the reason for this, say those on the left, is the availability of guns elsewhere.  Guns that are brought into Chicago and get into the hands of innocent young kids.  Forcing them to leave their peace-loving ways.  That’s the problem.  Get rid of all the guns and those kids will stay peace-loving and as pure as the wind driven snow.  For without guns there can be no violence.  Because what person would never think about picking up a knife (see Impose tougher sentences for knife crimes, says top judge by David Barrett posted 4/16/2014 on The Telegraph)?

The most senior judge in England and Wales has called on magistrates to impose tougher sentences for youths who carry knives.

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the Lord Chief Justice, said more severe punishments could help cut the “prevalence” of such crimes.

In a ruling at the Court of Appeal in London, Lord Thomas said: “Given the prevalence of knife crime among young persons, the youth court must keep a very sharp focus, if necessary through the use of more severe sentences, on preventing further offending by anyone apprehended for carrying a knife in a public place and to securing a reduction in the carrying of knives.”

Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, has previously expressed his concern about knife criminals being handed cautions and other non-custodial punishments.

Mr Grayling brought in new measures in December 2012 which were designed to impose mandatory jail sentences on anyone who uses a knife or offensive weapon to threaten and endanger others.

Britain has very strict gun laws.  It’s like Chicago writ large.  So people can’t go to a part of Britain where there are lax gun laws.  Buy guns.  And taking them to another place in Britain that has strict gun laws.  Even their police don’t carry guns while walking a beat.  They do, however, have units that carry guns.  In response to rising gun crime.  But it’s the knife crime that Britain is struggling with.  And much of the knife violence in Britain is due to the same cause of the gun violence in Chicago.  Gangs.

Is knife violence preferred over gun violence?  Perhaps.  No doubt it is more difficult to stab an innocent bystander in a ‘drive-by’ stabbing.  But because knives are so easy to get almost any gang member can carry a knife.  And anyone with mental health issues can easily pick one up in most any kitchen.  And cause harm.  As in Calgary and Regina, Canada.  And in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.

It’s not the guns or the knives that are causing people to harm others.  These people are just determined to cause harm.  You can try to take away every conceivable weapon but if they want to cause harm they will find a way to cause harm.  Which is what we should be doing.  Trying to prevent them from causing harm.  Not just trying to prevent one way they can cause harm.  With guns.

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Senseless Knife-Violence does not stir up Knife-Control Debate

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 12th, 2014

Week in Review

There was another senseless act of violence in our schools.  Giving the pro-knife control lobby further ammo to take away our knives.  Actually, no.  Only senseless gun violence shifts the discussion away from the perpetrator.  And onto the thing the perpetrator used.  The gun.  And not the underlying cause for this violence.  Mental health issues.  Which is why no one is talking about taking our knives away now after this senseless act of violence (see After Pennsylvania school stabbing, authorities and community ask: ‘Why?’ by Pamela Brown, Mary Kay Mallonee and Chelsea J. Carter posted 4/11/2014 on CNN).

A day after a Murrysville, Pennsylvania, teen allegedly rampaged through his high school’s hallways, stabbing wildly with two kitchen knives, the first hints of a possible motive began to emerge.

The attorney for 16-year-old Alex Hribal raised the specter that his client may have been bullied, telling CNN affiliate WTAE in Pittsburgh on Thursday that it looks like some kind of “bullying event” may have played a role.

“I think a lot of things have happened. I don’t want to comment specifically, but I think there are some things that occurred that led to where we are today,” Patrick Thomassey said.

But an FBI official, familiar with the investigation, discounted bullying as a motive.

“He was disaffected but not bullied,” the official said on condition of anonymity…

Some classmates at the school describe Hribal as having few friends and being quiet but also as a “really nice kid,” a description that contradicts the image of a knife-wielding teen offered by authorities…

Another student at the school who witnessed the attack said the attacker didn’t utter a word.

“He was very quiet. He just was kind of doing it,” Mia Meixner said. “And he had this, like, look on his face that he was just crazy and he was just running around, just stabbing whoever was in his way.”

According to Dan Stevens, the county deputy emergency management coordinator, Hribal had a very minor Facebook presence and didn’t have much experience on Twitter…

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck has argued against bail, saying that there could be no conditions that would protect the community and that Hribal made “statements when subdued by officials that he wanted to die.”

Mentally healthy people don’t do things like this.  So it is safe to say that this person has a mental health issue.  The FBI says he was ‘disaffected’.  Which means he was resentful and rebellious.  Perhaps having a problem with authority.  He might have been bullied according to his lawyer.  But his fellow classmates say he was quiet and really nice.  Even though he had a minor Facebook presence.  And little experience on Twitter.  So he was a loner.  Perhaps lacking social skills.  Had he been bullied you’d think they may have said something like, “Yeah, I’m not surprised he did that with the way he was bullied.”  But they didn’t.  Another student said he looked crazy when he was running around stabbing people.  Perhaps cracking after years of suppressing whatever he was suppressing behind that quiet and nice facade.

No one knows why he did what he did yet.  But one thing for certain, you can’t blame this on easy access to guns.  In fact, if the government took away all of our guns this would have still happened.  Because the one commonality to all of these senseless crimes isn’t guns.  It’s some underlying mental health issue.  Because mentally healthy people just don’t do things like this.

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Lax Knife-Control Laws in Toronto results in Four Stabbings in One Night

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 15th, 2014

Week in Review

International law restricts the kind of bullets we can use in war.  In general, they have to have a full metal jacket.  So they don’t flatten out in flight and make big holes in bodies.  Causing great suffering and trauma to anyone wounded.  Which is why today a lot of soldiers can survive from gunshot wounds.  Whereas the lead Minié balls of the American Civil War did horrific damage to tissue and bone.  Shattering bone such that any arm or leg wound typically resulted in an amputation.  And a belly wound meant death.  For it just did so much damage to the internal organs that there was no repairing them.  Much like another horrific belly wound.  From a bayonet.  As it made a long, wide wound.  Often running in one side of a man and out the other.  And doing irreparable damage.

Even today a knife wound can cause more damage than a bullet. Because it makes such a large hole through a body.  Making long and deep cuts in internal organs.  Also, a person has to be close to use a knife.  He can’t stab someone from a distance.  Like you can shoot someone with a gun from a distance.  So anyone willing to stab someone is pretty cold-blooded.  As you see, hear and feel a person’s death.  And anyone that can do that is a very dangerous person.  Especially with our lax knife-control laws (see Two dead, two wounded in separate GTA stabbings by Chris Doucette posted 2/13/2014 on the Toronto Sun).

TORONTO – Two men were killed and two others were wounded in three separate stabbings within hours of each other in the GTA [Greater Toronto Area].

The bloodshed began just after 9 p.m. Wednesday in Rexdale, Toronto Police said, and it kept emergency responders busy for several hours.

Every time there is a shooting in the United States the left calls for stricter gun-control legislation.  As if that would remove all violent crime in the country.  Because if a person can’t get a gun that person can’t shoot anyone with a gun.  And they would never think about picking up a knife to harm someone.  Which would leave the bad guys with nothing to do but to link arms and sing Kumbaya.  Like they do in Canada.  Well, everyone in Canada but those picking up knives to stab people.  Funny how in Canada they don’t blame knives for these crimes.  Or demand more restrictive knife-control legislation in Canada every time someone gets stabbed.  Like some Americans blame guns for gun crimes in the United States.  And try to restrict gun ownership every chance they get.

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Does rise in Knife crime call for Knife-Control Legislation?

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 26th, 2013

Week in Review

Every time there is a killing involving a gun the left tries to revive the gun control debate.  But they say nothing about box cutters (see Teen ‘infatuated’ with murdered teacher by Bob Fredericks posted 10/24/2013 on the New York Post).

The 14-year old accused of fatally slashing pretty math teacher Colleen Ritzer may have been infatuated with her and snapped when she spurned his advances, according to a new report Thursday…

Chism confessed to cops that he slashed her throat with a box cutter after following her into a women’s restroom at the school, a Boston TV station reported Thursday.

Or knives (see 5 Dead in Brooklyn Stabbing by EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS posted 10/27/2013 on The New York Times).

Five people were killed in a stabbing in Brooklyn on Saturday night, officials said.

Does the left try to restrict box-cutter and knife ownership?  No.  Yet there were probably more knife deaths in New York this past week than gun deaths.  Of course they would say it wasn’t the box-cutter or the knife that killed these people.  It was the people using these implements that killed these people.  For the vast majority of box-cutter owners and knife owners use these cutting implements responsibly.  Just like gun owners.  But gun owners will never get that consideration.

If these victims had a gun these grisly murders might not have been.  For a gun takes away the advantage of a bigger and stronger assailant.  So someone of a smaller physical stature doesn’t have to be a victim.  And it lets them engage a person with a knife BEFORE the knife-wielding attacker can get close enough to use that knife.  Giving the advantage to the defender in a knife attack.  Which gun control legislation will take away.  Giving the advantage back to the bad guy.

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Britain may not have a Gun Crime Problem but they have a Knife Crime Problem

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 6th, 2013

Week in Review

The American left believes guns make people commit crimes.  For these people wouldn’t kill anyone if there wasn’t a gun urging them to do so.  Just look at Great Britain.  Gun free.  And crime free (see Man accused of murdering Kieran Crump-Raiswell ‘sniggered’ after stabbing him posted 7/4/2013 on the Manchester Evening News).

A teenage gap-year student was knifed to death in the street in broad daylight by a “laughing” stranger in Manchester, a jury has heard.

Kieran Crump-Raiswell, 18, was heading to look for a job when Imran Hussain, 27, walked up to him and “without warning” stabbed him four times in the chest, Manchester Crown Court was told…

The killing was the second of two street assaults committed on total strangers within 12 days in January.

Mature student Hussain, from Bracknell, Berkshire, drove from his student flat in Coventry on January 4 and punched a man in the face in Nottingham and ran off…

Hussain went on to claim he had been hearing “threatening and abusive voices” and that he travelled to the two cities to confront them.

Apparently there are other ways to kill people besides guns.  As Britain is not crime free.  In fact, Britain has a big problem with knife crime.  Because they took away the people’s guns.  So killers turned to knives.  Proving the point it’s not the weapon that kills people.  It’s the person holding the weapon that kills people.  And taking away guns didn’t change that.  And it won’t change that in the United States.  As killers will just choose a different weapon to kill with.  Like they have in Britain.

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Brutal Knife Attack in Britain demonstrates Fallacy in Gun Control Argument

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 27th, 2013

Week in Review

The political left blames an epidemic of gun violence on law-abiding people owning guns.  Creating a gun culture in the United States.  Where any kid can go out and buy an assault rifle without a background check.  They say this is the reason why people are walking into grade schools, universities, movie theaters and high schools, shooting unarmed people.  It’s the guns.  Not a failure of our mental health system.  Where the political left has made it more difficult to commit someone who is a danger to themselves or to the public.  And they don’t blame violent videogames.  Or societal decay.  Where people have little empathy for others.  Which is why they can spend hours killing people in videogames.  Or walk into a room full of innocent and unarmed people and start shooting them.

According to the left none of this would happen if only we got rid of our guns.  Like Britain did.  Where even the cops don’t carry guns.  Making for a peaceful and loving society.  Where the people would rather link their arms together and sing Kum Ba Yah than harm another living soul (see Pictured: The horrific arsenal of kitchen knives used by 20-strong gang to hack teenage boy to death in front of commuters at Victoria Station by Leon Watson and Amanda Williams posted 4/26/2013 on the Daily Mail).

The 15-year-old had his life cut short at Victoria station in central London when he was chased and killed by the gang of youths.

Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane yesterday blamed the ‘blitz attack’ on Facebook and Blackberry’s messenger service which allowed his killers to organise themselves.

He said the teenagers had lost touch with reality because of violent computer games.

He told the Times: ‘You’ve got people playing computer games where they’re shooting and stabbing people. Where is the real world for them? There is a blurring between the real world and this false computer world…’

Sofyen [Belamouaddenw] was stabbed nine times in the body and suffered wounds to his heart, a lung and major blood vessels…

The attack was the horrific end of a minor confrontation the day before in the fast-food area of Victoria mainline station between pupils from the two schools, in which a youth received a bloodied nose…

Sofyen died after being chased by about 20 pupils across the Terminus Way concourse and into the Underground station.

A youth led the charge with a Samurai sword. Others were armed with a flick knife and a Swiss army knife, machetes and screwdrivers.

Apparently guns aren’t the only thing that cause people to kill other people.  If these people were in Chicago they would have used handguns.  And one wonders if they had no handguns in Chicago would they use knives?  Like they do in Britain?  Probably.  For not having guns didn’t stop these people from killing this 15-year old boy.

Obviously with an attack this brutal there is a societal decay in Britain just as there is in the United States.  People are somehow losing their empathy for other people.  And have no problem in harming them.  Or even killing them.  And if it isn’t guns causing this what is?  Is it coming from playing videogames?  Perhaps.  Either from that or from watching movies.  Television.  Or from listening to rap music that glorifies violence.  They’re learning it somewhere.  For no one is born that way.

If horrific acts of violence can occur even without guns then gun control is not the answer.  Guns are only a tool a sick or depraved person chooses for his or her heinous act.  If a gun isn’t available they’ll just pick up a knife.  Or some other weapon.  We need to determine what is causing this societal decay.  So we can address the root cause of this rise in violence.  Is it a breakdown of the family?  The lack of a father figure in these kids’ lives?  Abortion?  Which teaches kids there are no consequences in life.  And there is little value to human life.  Or is it Liberalism itself?  Which attacks conservatism.  Our faith.  And our traditions.  Leaving our kids to grow up in a world void of a moral authority instructing them to be good.  So they end up being bad.  For doing whatever you want is more fun than sticking to the straight and narrow.

The left blames conservatives for a gun culture that creates gun violence.  While it is far more likely that it is the left’s relentless assault on our faith and traditions causing the societal decay that allows someone to more easily harm another living soul.  So perhaps instead of gun control we should be legislating against liberals.  Preventing their harmful influence on the general public.  That results in acts of violence.  For these people aren’t born this way.  They’re learning this behavior from liberals.

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According to the FBI Guns are not the Leading Cause of Death

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 19th, 2013

Week in Review

As the gun control debate heats up emotions take over the debate.  For if calmer heads prevailed they would see we don’t have a gun problem after all (see White House petition demands ban on hammers and baseball bats by Joe Newby posted 1/12/2013 on the Examiner).

Citing FBI statistics showing that more people are killed by blunt instruments like hammers and baseball bats than rifles and shotguns, a petition at the White House website demands a complete ban on them, Fox News reported Friday…

“In 2005,” the petition says, “the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618. In 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs.”

“It’s clearly time to take action on hammers and baseball bats,” the petition adds.

The petition, unfortunately, missed the mark on the number of murders committed with blunt objects like hammers and clubs. According to the FBI, there were 608 murders reported that year using blunt objects, not 605. All of the other numbers in the petition match FBI crime statistics.

As we reported earlier this month, “personal weapons” like hands and feet were used in 905 murders in 2005 and 726 murders in 2011.

According to FBI statistics, knives and other sharp instruments were used in more murders than rifles and shotguns combined.

It’s not guns, hammers, baseball bats, knives, hands or feet that kill people.  People kill people.  Which is the only common thread in all of these deaths.  So do we ban guns, hammers, baseball bats, knives, hands and feet?  Even if it saves only one life?  Or should we make going to church mandatory so people learn right from wrong?  And the value of human life?  Which would save quite a few lives.  For one it would end abortion.

There have been 55,772,015 abortions in America since Roe vs. Wade (1973).  This averages out to 1.4 million abortions a year.  So by forcing people to go to church we could save up to 1.4 million lives a year.  Far more than they can save by banning guns.  For if you ban guns but don’t change people they will just use a hammer, baseball bat, knife, their hands or feet.

When you look at the facts with a calmer head the gun control debate becomes silly.  For guns are not making people kill.  They are only a means to an end.  If people want to kill other people they will.  If guns aren’t available they will go to the next weapon choice on their list.  Someone who has a seething anger that makes them want to kill will not simply start whistling a happy tune if he can’t legally buy a gun.  Chances are that this person will still act on that anger.  And hurt someone.   For that’s the funny thing about lawbreakers.  They don’t obey the law.  Murder is murder.  Whether the weapon is a gun.  Or a hammer, baseball bat, knife, hands or feet.

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FT151: “While rich liberals can hire armed body guards many ordinary Americans can only afford a gun for their protection.” —Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 4th, 2013

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Rich Celebrities don’t need Guns for they have People with Concealed Weapons protecting Them

Rich liberal celebrities are on the gun control bandwagon.  Again.  They want to ban guns from the general public.  Taking to the airwaves to exploit the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.  They want to do this because it makes them feel the smart, enlightened liberals they think they are.  Who know there is no need for a person to own a gun.  At least, not in their world.

These rich celebrities live in veritable fortresses in some of the most affluent areas in the country.  Once ensconced in their palatial homes they’re safe.  There may be horrible violence going on in the inner-cities but they’re safe and sound in their secured estates.  With state-of-the-art security systems.  The best that money can buy.  And when they go places they often have people.  That include security guards carrying a concealed weapon.  So in their world there is no need to own a gun.

It’s a different story for a family—or a young single woman—living in the best neighborhood they can afford.  Which may not be all that safe.  They may live in the proximity of that inner-city violence that doesn’t reach those rich celebrities living in their secured estates.  With the best security system that their immense wealth can buy.  Those living outside these gated fortresses have to fend for themselves.  And trust their lives to the locks on their doors.

If you don’t live in a Secured Estate with Private Security Guards you’re on your own when it comes to your Protection

When it comes to combat you want to engage your enemy at the greatest distance possible.  At the Siege of Khe Sanh in the Vietnam War the Americans used everything at their disposal to attack the enemy as far from their security perimeter as possible.  Allowing them to use artillery, mortars, gunships, tactical fighter aircraft and even B-52 strategic bombers flying tactical missions against the enemy without endangering their own troops.  For if the enemy got into their perimeter it removed all of these assets from the defense equation.  Leaving the Americans with little but small arms, bayonets, knives and blunt-force instruments to defend themselves.  Which does a poor job when waves of enemy soldiers are overwhelming your position.

When fighting from a standing position Navy SEALs practice their small arms firing while leaning forward towards their enemy.  Why?  If they get shot they will fall forward.  With their weapon still pointed towards the enemy.  So they can still engage the enemy if they are wounded and fall.  Even continue to advance if the wound is not too severe.  Because the enemy is doing the same thing.  Trying to advance on them.  Even if they take a bullet or two.  These walking wounded can still engage each other with lethal force.  Which is why you want to engage your enemy at the greatest distance possible in case it takes more than one shot to incapacitate the enemy.  Especially if it’s a superior force assaulting you.

If you don’t live in a secured estate with private security patrolling the grounds you’re on your own when it comes to your protection.  And in the case of a home evasion there is no time for heroics or gallantry in battle.  Especially for a young woman living by herself.  Grabbing a knife to defend herself may work but it will require her enemy to get within her security perimeter before she can apply lethal force.  And the odds are she will be facing a superior enemy force.  Violent criminals.  So her best chance of surviving is to engage the enemy at as great a distance as possible.  Long before they enter the last line of her security perimeter.  Her personal space.  To give her more than just one chance to save her life.  And only a gun will allow her to do that.

When it comes to Self Defense few things work as well as a Gun

It’s easy to be sanctimonious after a great tragedy where a disturbed individual with an assault weapon violently kills innocent kids.  Especially when you have the kind of money that can make your life safer than the ordinary American.  Particularly when you can have security people with concealed weapons to protect you.  People living in the real world don’t have that luxury.  They have to live in the world these rich celebrities use their wealth to escape.  And it isn’t fair for these rich celebrities to deny the rest of the country the ability to protect themselves.  Just because they aren’t rich like them.  For they can’t afford secured estates, state-of-the-art security systems and armed security guards.  All they may be able to afford is a gun.  And should someone try to harm them they will have to use that gun to do the dirty work of protecting their lives.  Not the hired help.

Yes, some disturbed individuals out there have used guns in horrific acts of violence.  But note the places they committed these acts of horrific violence.  An elementary school.  A mall.  A movie theater.  A college campus.  A high school.  What do all of these places have in common?  They’re all gun-free zones.  Because these shooters aren’t brave warriors.  They’re cowards who want to hurt those who can’t hurt them back.  And once someone arrives on the scene that can hurt them back (either a cop or someone else with a gun) they often quickly commit suicide.

When it comes to self defense few things work as well as a gun.  For it allows a person to engage their enemy from a distance.  Allowing them more than one chance to save their life.  Giving them a few chances to stop their attacker.  Before that attacker gets within their personal space.  Where this superior force can use a knife.  A blunt-force instrument.  Or simply their hands.  Giving these ordinary Americans a chance to survive.  Like the rich celebrities.  Only without the secured estates, state-of-the-art security systems and armed security guards.

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