Lewis Diuguid

Stabbing at school sets off gun advocates

It didn’t take long after news reports hit of the knife attack at the suburban Pittsburgh high school for gun advocates to take aim at anti-violence groups pushing for gun controls.

A 16-year-old boy using two kitchen knives stabbed 21 students and a security guard Wednesday before an assistant principal at Franklin Regional High School tackled the assailant. The 1,200-student school is in an affluent area about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The attack lasted about five minutes, but at least five of the victims were critically wounded. The suspect, who will be tried as an adult, was charged with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.

The attack set off a storm among gun advocates, saying that anti-violence folks should try to ban kitchen knives because they can be used as weapons. Some of these same people have said cars should be banned because they can be used as weapons, too.

Guns, however, do far more damage with a high loss of life in a lot less time — especially automatic and semiautomatic assault weapons with large ammunition clips. Guns are in a league far apart from anything else.

Also remember that groups like the National Rifle Association and some state legislatures have called for schools to allow educators to take guns to class to prevent violence. In a crowded, chaotic attack like the one at the school Wednesday with kids screaming and running everywhere, guns would have only caused more problems.

What gun advocates should be asking is how they can help to improve mental health treatment for more people who obviously need it and what can they do with everyone else o quell all acts of violence.