On Friday, Trump gave another one of his rambling campaign speeches to a crowd of delusional NRA members that came to celebrate their hatred of gun control and gun free zones in a gun free zone with total and absolute gun control. During the almost hour long ode to his ego, Trump ranted about how awful it is in the UK with its strict gun laws:
“I recently read a story that in London, which has unbelievably tough gun laws, a once very prestigious hospital — right in the middle — is like a war zone for horrible stabbing wounds,” Trump said about halfway through his 50-minute speech. “Yes, that’s right, they don’t have guns. They have knives, and instead there’s blood all over the floors of this hospital. They say it’s as bad as a military war zone hospital.”
The president used the rising number of knife attacks in Britain while speaking in support of gun rights in the United States.“
Knives, knives, knives,” Trump added as he made a stabbing motion.
Putting aside that he was lying about violence in the UK (their murder rate is about 1/5 of ours), Trump was simply regurgitating one of the right’s favorite, and most insanely stupid, talking points: If murderers can’t get guns, they’ll just use knives instead!
Well, yes, and that’s the entire point, isn’t it? We want them to be forced to use something, anything, besides a gun to try and kill people. Guns make it extremely easy to A. kill B. kill at a distance C. kill a lot of people in a very short amount of time at a distance. There is literally no other weapon available to the public that can do this as efficiently as a gun.
A good hunting knife (as opposed to a kitchen knife) can make for an excellent purpose made killing weapon but it’s vastly harder to kill with a knife. You have to get close enough to actually cut them and making an instant kill with a single strike is all but impossible unless you have training. That means the person can fight back. Or run away. Or disarm you. Or bystanders can jump in. Or throw backpacks at you until you leave.
Every now and then, there’s a mass stabbing attack and, unsurprisingly, very few deaths. Sometimes none at all. Sure, there’s a lot of bleeding people but almost all of them get stitches, a scar, unpleasant memories, and little else. There is no universe in which replacing that knife with a handgun would result in the same lack of causalities. Replace it with an assault rifle and you’re looking at a pile of corpses.
Guns always always make an encounter more lethal. We even have a cool catch phrase for it: Never bring a knife to a gun fight.
So why do ammosexuals and imbeciles like Trump keep pretending that knives are somehow a one-to-one replacement for guns? Even toddlers can kill with a gun. When was the last time you heard about a 2-year-old accidentally stabbing his mother to death with a knife?
The answer is that in the face of the reality that gun control works in the rest of the world to reduce homicide rates, the gun industry and their media puppets have to lie through their teeth to justify selling more guns. Ammosexuals, like the rest of the right, have been reduced to a bubbling stew of incoherent rage and paranoia so it doesn’t matter how stupid the lie is, they swallow it because even if some part of their brain understands that a knife will never be as dangerous as a gun, admitting that, even to themselves, means they would have to admit they’re being lied to and they’re terrified of challenging the comfortable illusion they live in.
In the future, every time you hear some gun nut or right wing talking head babble about knives, know that what you’re hearing is a pathetic attempt to deny reality; a sad deflection from the violence and bloodshed their beloved guns wreak on the lives of tens of thousands of people every year without stop. Don’t bother arguing with them. Just look them in the eye and tell them they sound like a fucking idiot and they’re clearly too stupid to own a gun.
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain
I’m a stay at home dad, father to a special needs son and a special daughter, a donor baby daddy, a militantly pragmatic liberal, the president of the PTA, a hardcore geek and nerd and I’m going to change the world. Or at least my corner of it.