Tragedy's ramifications II
Regarding the Franklin Regional Senior High School stabbing attacks, I think we can predict the reaction from the NRA and its political puppets in Harrisburg and Washington. Fearing commonsense reactions by parents and school boards, they'll insult the victims by rallying to the defense of knives and those who carry them.
Expect a litany of press releases reminding us that knives are arms, and those who bear them (like the Franklin Regional attacker) are fully protected by the Second Amendment.
Right-wing bloggers, media pundits and conservative politicians will relentlessly sell the narrative that the victims could have avoided their fates by carrying their own knives. They'll tell us that wimpy administrators, liberal parents and sissies on the school board prevented students from self-defense by establishing rules prohibiting knives on school property.
Their message for our children: “When knives are outlawed, only outlaws have knives.”
Be on the lookout for NRA-designed bumper stickers around town: “Knives don't stab students. Students stab students.”
Upper St. Clair
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- ‘Trust’ in God
- Fitz draws ire
- Atheists & religious expression
- Pols’ real interest
- Show appreciation
- Mitochondrial disease awareness
- Thomas’ ‘humanity’
- Honor Constitution
- Article painted wrong picture