In the wake of the stabbing of fourteen people on the campus of Lone Star Community College in Cypress, Texas, earlier today, opponents of gun control are asking, facetiously, whether we're going to start cracking down on knives now, too. Variations of the same quip were made by about 12,000 different people on Twitter, so you know it's good.
Ban "assault-style'' knives next? 14 injured in knife attack on Lone Star College campus, suspect arrested | Fox News fxn.ws/10QAniu— Fredric U. Dicker (@fud31) April 9, 2013
Does Obama have Air Force One gassed up and ready to head to Houston to launch his "War on X-acto Knives"?— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) April 9, 2013
Will there be calls for stricter knife control following today's horrific attack? theblaze.com/stories/2013/0…— Billy Hallowell (@BillyHallowell) April 9, 2013
It's Time to Strengthen Our Knife-Control Laws . . . bit.ly/ZBLfGP— Lew Rockwell (@lewrockwell) April 9, 2013
Obviously these are just sarcastic jokes, but jokes are still supposed to make sense, and this one doesn't. "Knife control," or whatever you want to call it, already exists. Like gun control, it's comprised of federal and state laws meant to limit the risk posed by unnecessarily dangerous knives and ensure, to a reasonable extent, that knives are only used for legitimate purposes. Most if not all states have bans on carrying or owning knives of certain lengths or styles. As for banning knives altogether, nobody in the political mainstream is actually suggesting that for guns. So ... what is the joke, exactly?