Perpetually on the prowl for news and data of interest to knife and gun owners, I just ran across this hidden gem in the archives of the New York Times: “Knife Killings in City Increased 50 Percent in 2008.” Let’s take a minute and connect the dots, shall we?
In 2008, even as gun killings fell, the number of killings committed with knives or other “cutting instruments” rose 50 percent in New York City, the Police Department said: to 125 from 83. Some other large cities saw no such increase last year, and police officials and experts are at a loss to explain what is either a new trend or a spike.
Note the use of the word ‘spike’ in an article about knives. Heh heh. How a crusty NYT editor ever let a pun like that slip through the the Gray Lady’s humor/irony filter I’ll never know. Luckily we write our own style manual around here, where puns and sarcasm are actively encouraged and sometimes rewarded with (unexpired) coupons for free pizza. Just kidding.
But back to the problem of gun control and (eventually) knife control: The Times’ phalanx of hoplophobic scribes are hard-pressed to explain this inconvenient phenomenon, where clamping down on the means of armed self-defense leads to…even more need for armed self-defense.
In the midst of NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s all-out war on guns and the second amendment, firearm-related homicides decreased from 347 in 2007 to 292 in 2008: a decrease of 55 fatal shootings. At the same time, the number of fatal stabbings jumped from 83 to 125: an increase of 42 which nearly cancels out the decrease in gun deaths. As Gotham becomes a target-rich environment of helpless law-abiding citizens, the predators and psychos see that there’s no risk of being stopped (preferably dead) in their tracks by an armed citizen. The harder the authorities try to disarm the population, the more these criminals behave like hungry foxes in the world’s largest henhouse.
Where does all of this lead? When it comes to ‘weapon control,’ omnes viae Londinium ducant. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said “We may have made it harder for killers to get their hands on guns,” said Mr. Browne. “Knives are still easily and legally acquired.”
For now. The NYT acknowledges that kitchen-knife prohibition is unlikely any time soon, because even Michael Bloomberg doesn’t have enough billions to conduct massive knife buy-back programs.
But amnesty for pocket knives or steak knives is not a reasonable option, said the Rev. Darryl Frazier of Majority Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens, where the Police Department organized a gun buy-back program this year.
“The city would go bankrupt,” he said.
Don’t laugh too hard; it wouldn’t be the first time. Click here for the full NYT article.