When I was a kid, I had a switchblade knife. It was a large knife that actually had a “kick” to it when you pushed the button.
One day, I was messing around with it and my dad came in. He asked me why I had a knife like that and did I carry it around. I told him I thought it was cool and yes, I liked to carry it and show it off. He asked that I put it away and not carry it with me. He said I could carry a small pocket knife but not that one or one like it.
He explained that when we get angry, we react and do things that can’t be taken back. He told me that if I pulled this particular knife in anger I could simply push the button and make a stupid decision so fast that I could hurt or kill someone. One split second with a dangerous weapon and lives are ruined.
He said if I had a pocket knife, it might take me just enough time to open it and think about the trouble I might be in before I reacted. Of course that was sage advice and I have never carried any weapon since that day. Trust me, a shovel and chain are as deadly as anything when used inappropriately. So forget the tool of choice and recognize the thought process behind the actions.
There is a plethora of information about guns and DUI, yet those crimes continue to rise. It is obvious that we the people are incapable of policing ourselves. Proper enforcement of the law with immediate and painful consequences that don’t go away is the only real answer here.
It doesn’t work for lifelong criminals and that will be an ongoing battle. But for the average person, harsh penalties will get their attention and others will be learning. Let’s try that for a change.