The brutal, senseless knifing of a dozen students at a community college in Texas has mobilized the knife control movement.
The authorities moved in fast. Here is one report.
Cy-Fair ISD secured the several campuses as a precaution during the chaos. Those schools were Aragon Middle, Postma Elementary, Fiest Elementary, Copeland Elementary, Birkes Elementary, Rennell Elementary, Robinson Elementary, Homesley Elementary, Jowell Elementary and The Berry Center. While the schools were not under an official lockdown, doors were locked and no visitors were allowed on campus.
Apparently, authorities expected a series of copy-cat knifings.
Knife control advocates are considering whether now is the right time to call for background checks on citizens who buy knives. The possibility of universal knife registration is being considered.
President Obama has dismissed all worries about registration. He said in a recent speech in Colorado,
Well, the government is us. These officials are elected by you. (Applause.) They are elected by you. I am elected by you. I am constrained, as they are constrained, by a system that our Founders put in place. It’s a government of and by and for the people.
His speech is posted on the White House’s website. You can read it here.
Meanwhile, in a related issue, the American Civil Liberties Union has not yet taken action regarding a prayer meeting that was held on campus while the knifings were going on. A media report says this: “Students were held inside classrooms as the campus went into lock down. One student told Eyewitness News he held a prayer circle with students in his classroom.” The ACLU may soon issue its opinion on whether such a knife-driven prayer circle is legal in a facility funded by taxes.