Today’s fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old high school student in Spring, Tex., near Houston provides a stark reminder that not all fatal attacks, including those that happen in schools, require the use of a firearm, as recent cases in the Evergreen State verify.
The Houston Chronicle reported that the victim has been identified by local television stations as Joshua Broussard. A 16-year-old victim identified by one news channel as Deavean Bazile, was taken to the hospital.
Later this month, the 28th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference will be held in Houston, hosted by the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Today’s tragic events, which are said to be possibly gang-related, could end up being used as an example of violence in schools that is not gun-related, so it probably will not garner the moral outrage.
The Puget Sound region has seen a spate of stabbing incidents this summer, including one in North Bend where a man was fatally stabbed in self-defense by a homeowner.
A couple of weeks ago, a Seatac man was arrested for fatally stabbing his older sister. It got a few headlines.
In June, a Lake Stevens woman was stabbed to death in her home. A couple of weeks later, a man was fatally stabbed in a University District parking lot.
None of the victims are any less dead than they would have been, had they been shot.
One might wonder how long it will take for Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Washington CeaseFire to start promoting “knife free zones” but perhaps that’s different. It is the guns that cause the trouble, not the people who indiscriminately and illegally use them, in the minds of gun prohibitionists.
There is an organization that will likely be represented at the Houston conference Sept. 27-29. It’s Knife Rights.org, founded only a few years ago and they have already made some headway changing antiquated knife laws.
The Second Amendment is about bearing “arms,” not just firearms. When it was written, many people carried knives, hatchets and any number of other kinds of weapons in addition to whatever firearms they had.
Gun rights activists might suggest that today’s fatal attack at Spring High School should help keep in perspective that individuals, not the objects in their hands, are responsible for crimes of violence.