No, they aren’t. They are dead. They are dead because Hasnin Anwar Warekar chose to kill them, then himself. He chose to use tools, which have no free-will or means to act on their own. The drugs he used to sedate the 14 members of his family did not open the medicine cabinet and sneak themselves into their food. The knife, which was found near Warekar’s body did not unsheath itself and slash their throats. It could not, it is an inanimate object.
The length of rope did not wind itself into a noose, tie itself to a rafter or railing, and slide itself over Warekar’s neck. It did not jump off a desk or kick out a stool, tightening itself around him, ending his life.
Tools are all around us. Many serve numerous purposes, but can be used to harm. But they do not do them on their own. They require an individual of free-will making a decision to take the life of another.
If it is not a gun it is a knife. If it not a knife it is a hammer. If it is not a hammer it is a rock. If it is not a rock, it is a pair of hands, connected to a heart, that serve as means to act upon the will of a deranged soul.
I saw this story yesterday morning but chose to invest my time on writing about the brawl/stabbings at the KKK rally. In the mean time I was scooped by Dan over at TTAG. Since he signs my checks, I cannot complain, but it removed my sense of urgency in posting about the incident.
That said, it joins African machete massacres, separatist attacks in China, and other examples where bladed tools have been used to slaughter large numbers of people. but in none of these cases was a blade enchanted by magic or endowed with consciousness.