(Yes, Germany had a Columbine-style school massacre yesterday, as well. But don't be fooled by the gun lobby. Germany's murder rate is less than one-fifth that of America's.)
The USA has gun laws, albeit very teeny-tiny ones compared to all the other developed nations with much, much lower crime and murder rates than ours. But we do not regulate swords. And swords, which are exploding in availability on home shopping networks and in redneck souvenir shops, are America's Steel Menace.
March 10, 2009: Armed man arrested near Capitol.
March 9, 2009: Nightmare in Texas.
The 16-year-old told police the last thing she remembered was two men dressed in black and carrying swords breaking into her bedroom. They forced her to drink some liquid and she passed out.
Feb. 24, 2009: NH man accused in sword attack.
Feb. 16, 2009: Fort Madison man kills roommate with sword.
Feb. 4, 2009: Klingon attack!
Feb. 4, 2009: Suspect admits to murder in Alameda sword attack.
Feb. 3. 2009: Man chases girlfriend with blade.
On one hand, we could just ignore the violent men with swords. Maybe they'll go away.
Or we can fight the swords. Swords serve no utilitarian purpose besides combat. Perhaps it's time for sword control, like the bans on switchblades or brass knuckles.
We can do this. The Sword Lobby is disorganized and dominated by idiot Foxworthy-types. Nancy Pelosi, shut 'em down.