Bringing a Knife to a Gun Fight

The blog of a friend, ODU alumni, Will Patterson

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Before I get into the heart of this post I want to make one thing clear.  I’m not opposed to gun ownership.  I’m in favor of certain gun controls, which I’ll mention later, but I am against outright bans.  I’m also opposed to bad arguments, and there are many used by pro-gun advocates.  One of these arguments that I hear frequently is that if guns were unavailable, or harder to access, it would just mean that another type of weapon would be used which would be equally deadly.  Usually knives or clubs are mentioned.

The common phrase of “bringing a knife to a gun fight” points to the lie in this claim.  It’s so obvious that a firearm is a superior weapon to a knife that it has become an idiom!  Another way to easily demonstrate the disingenuousness of this claim is to simply say to the person making it…

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