Time for Hammer, Fist Ban

fistAfter reading this information from the FBI, I expect liberals will be rushing to introduce bills in congress and state legislatures to ban these heinous hammers, fists and clubs that are killing more Americans than rifles.

From Newsmax:

From 2005 through 2011, more people in the U.S. were killed with hammers and clubs, or with hands and fists, than with rifles, which is what the ban likely would have the most effect on, reports Breitbart.

There were 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs in 2011, as compared with 323 deaths connected to a rifle, according to FBI records. In 2006, there were 618 killings committed with a hammer or club, and 438 murders with a rifle. Many years, twice as many people were killed with hands and fists than with rifles.

I remember when I lived in England (where there is extremely strict gun control) and an insightful revelation that came to me while I was there. I didn’t have a TV at first, but listened to a lot of British radio. Like many stations here in the States, the British have hourly news updates on radio. After a month or two of listening to these news updates, something began to nag at the periphery of my mind, and when I consciously locked it in, it was startling.

In this country where it was virtually impossible for an average citizen to own a gun, I was hearing daily news reports of people all over the place being stabbed, slashed and strangled to death. Having grown up shooting guns since before I could reach the pedals of a car or tractor while sitting, I knew guns well and knew that “gun control” was a bunch of bunk. Still, living in a country where there was near-total gun control…and realizing with first-hand knowledge that people were still stabbing and slashing and strangling each other to death in remarkable numbers was quite remarkable.

The moral of the story: you can ban this weapon and ban that weapon, but you’re not going to stop people from killing each other. The problem isn’t in the instrument, but in the human heart.

This should come as no surprise, since signer of the Declaration of Independence Benjamin Rush had it figured out 200 years ago:

Woodrow Wilcox


I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible; for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues which constitute the soul of republicanism.

If liberals were really interested in stopping the violence in our schools and other places, they would be trampling all over themselves to get moral instruction back into our education system and encourage the culture to once again champion virtue instead of license and narcissism. Don’t hold your breath, though: license and narcissism is the Left’s chief objective and main product.

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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