A Serial Knifing

knifeby Glenn Fairman   4/9/14
When commenting on freshly-minted current events such as the Pennsylvania high school “Knife Massacre,” it’s probably prudent to tread lightly, since blood and passion are a volatile mix and any attempt at exposing the philosophical nakedness of others or in tapping into irony is invariably met with the charge of indecent political opportunism. Fortunately, I am beyond caring at this point.

Without reaching up for the low hanging clichés that broil on the tip of one’s tongue, (those analogies involving the futility of gun regulation at ending lawlessness) I suppose it is safe to say that when a Heart of Darkness is determined towards mayhem, any household item can become an instrument of vengeance or malice. Indeed, a lawnmower blade or ball pin hammer are adequate enough tools to get one’s point across if you are bound and determined to extinguish life; and even a turkeybaster can do a number on someone — given enough force and perseverance.

The problem, as always, rests with the “wild card” of the human condition — which can bless or curse on a dime and can wax angelic or irrational as the mood permits. Being free and moral beings, a conscious reduction to the “animal regions” of our organism is always a distinct possibility — despite the multiplicity of laws or the altruism that attends our best intentions. When a man’s virtues give way and the rawness of his unrestrained will leaves him with hands that are caked in the blood of others, perhaps only a scant few will offer that “they saw it coming” in their post-mortem wrap-up of a troubled life. And certainly only God himself was aware of the true extent of that seething malevolence.

The outlawing of every tool that might be ferociously wielded by the human imagination, all as a means to insure some abstract calculation of public safety, will prove to be an endless and unprofitable endeavor. One might as well excommunicate man from the public square. There is no guarantee to life; and to attempt the impossible will forcibly render the quality of our lives far less than free — thus making our final state more pitiable than the first.
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Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca. He can be reached at arete5000@dslextreme.com. • (1445 views)

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6 Responses to A Serial Knifing

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    The most obvious lesson, as usual in such mass attacks, is the futility of “gun-free” zones, which are simply an invitation to mass killers that they can count on a decent amount of time (one cartoon cited by Daniel Mitchell today used 20 minutes, which is a reasonable approximation from several such crimes) to commit their depredations.

    As for the use of household weapons, I recall Mao making the same point regarding guerrilla warfare. The fictional Jonathan Hemlock similarly noted in The Loo Sanction that he always won his brawls by using whatever convenient weapon was at hand (a thick magazine, rolled up, can be very effective especially when used against soft tissue such as an eye, as he proceeded to demonstrate in the novel).

  2. Rosalys says:

    Hindsight is 20/20 and I’m Monday morning quarterbacking here, but I was a bit amazed at just how much damage this young individual was able to do. Granted he had, not just one, but two 10 inch knives and probably had an adrenaline advantage, but why did everyone run? One young man is being hailed as a hero for pulling the fire alarm (and such an action did require some presence of mind) thus alerting everyone in the school to a dangerous situation and giving them an opportunity to flee. Apparently, several people confronted and tried to stop him and were wounded in the process. How did they confront him? Did they approach him unarmed and try talking to him? A school is full of chairs. Why didn’t someone throw a chair at him? Shove a school desk in his path? One teenager in an entire school population and he couldn’t have been surrounded? Unless he had eyes in the back of his head he can only be facing in one direction at any given moment and could have been whacked from behind.

    The warrior mentality, which is every male’s God ordained birthright, is being methodically conditioned out of our men by the feminist, girly-man left. It’s not an easy thing to do. Not everyone fled. A number of young men put themselves between the danger and their girlfriends to protect them. The manly instincts are still there. It is difficult to think on one’s feet when suddenly thrown into a situation and this is why training is valuable. Because the instincts are still there I don’t think it would be hard to reverse what is after all an unnatural trend, if and when we start to chase the rabbit people out of town. But the rabbits must go! Civilization depends on it.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      The warrior mentality, which is every male’s God ordained birthright, is being methodically conditioned out of our men by the feminist, girly-man left.

      Exactly. What is now considered “brave” is for the male to come out and admit that it is his proclivity to put Johnsons either up his butt or in his mouth. Then we are to stand in sacred awe of his “courage.”

      Socialism, aside from making moral Pygmies of us all, teaches us to submit to whatever authority is about (and this by the very people who chanted “Question Authority”). Private acts of conscience do not exist.

      As you said, Rosalys, all it would likely have taken to stop this guy is for one or two guys to clobber him over the head with a desk or chair.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Very good point about a chair, which could have served as shield as well as weapon. People forget that anything can be a weapon, even if they think in terms of fight instead of flight.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    They say that such killings have always been a part of mankind. I don’t have any statistics one way or the other.

    But one thing that should be noted (and will not be by most): These “Progressive” enclaves (otherwise known as “the public school system”) — in which everyone is supposedly taught “diversity” and to “respect” everyone else — are not working. They are not producing a better human being. If anything, they are producing a worse one.

  4. Glenn Fairman says:

    In an artificial setting outside of nature where the insipid laws have shattered to pieces any possibility for courage, running away rather than standing your ground to superior force is the drone’s only option. Had an administrator had superior force in the form of a firearm, perhaps things would have been different. In a society that is heavy on the alienation, there will always be wretched creatures. That these instances are increasing is even more alarming, albeit not unforeseeable.

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