When a Knife Isn't Enough

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When a Knife Isn’t Enough

Two years ago, one of my good friends was shot in the stomach while walking to his car from a downtown bar. While he lay bleeding on the ground, the two suspects took his wallet, with a mere twenty dollars included, and his car stereo. Luckily, my friend was able to grab his phone from his pocket and call 911. He recovered well but the suspects were never found. A few weeks after his release from the hospital, we both took a concealed carry course. I can only imagine what the outcome would have been if my friend was able to reach for a handgun instead of his phone. The offenders would have been caught right then and there for sure. If he owned a gun and was carrying it at the time of the incident, he could have properly defended himself. While guns have proven to be a dangerous part of our society, I believe that they are necessary in the overall safety and well being of our Country. In “Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns,” Molly Ivins begins her argument by stating she is not anti-gun, but rather pro-knife. Ivins states that, “A general substitution of knives for guns would promote physical fitness.” While Ivins’ sense of humor is very apparent, it does not do much to set the proper tone. It is obvious to anyone that both knives and guns can inflict extreme physical harm on a person. This being said, they are hardly equal. A knife does not stab someone with the pull of a trigger; it takes a little more effort than that. Unless thrown with a certain amount of skill, a knife cannot injure someone from a far distance. A gun however, can do these things with ease. Furthermore, Ivins’ idea that knifes promote fitness does nothing for a crippled individual, or someone too elderly to even walk. Knives may require people attempting to hurt one another to try harder, but they could not possibly be a valid comparison…...

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