May 1st, 2007
I’ve heard some crazy arguments defending gun control over the years, but this one takes the cake. The typical angle is guns don’t kill people, people do, or something similar. Fact is that guns make it heck of a lot easier than alternatives.
Now a Utah Republican state Rep. Curt Oda has new spin: swords might actually be more dangerous than guns. As quoted by the Associated Press, Oda says:
“A person that’s got skill with a sword in a very big crowd could put a lot more people down with a sword than a gun,” he said. “They’re silent. You’ll have people screaming, but nobody knows what’s going on.”
I honestly don’t know where to begin. Obviously Oda didn’t discuss this with his PR team before suggesting that swords are somehow more dangerous than guns. The truly scary part is that somewhere a guy with enough weapons to outfit a SWAT unit is thinking, you go Curt. Tell ‘em like it is.
Personally, I don’t own a gun and don’t see a need to ever get one. I would feel a lot better knowing that guns are very hard to acquire and under tight control. If someone, say a farmer or a hunter, has legitmate need, they should have access to firearms. But right now, it’s completely out of control. Oh wait, I forgot, if people can’t use guns, they will pick up the swords and slice us all to ribbons. Thanks for clearing that up Curt.