Al Sharpton has finally given conservatives the ammo they need to argue that gun control legislation will lead to more laws and government over-reach. The controversial civil rights activist said on his radio broadcast on Monday that, after the government takes on gun control, they may move to tackle knife control next, according to The Blaze.
Everyone knew it was going to come to this, but few thought so soon. Every time the issue of gun control comes up, there are those of a more Libertarian ilk who say that regulating guns is a slippery slope that will give the government the right to regulate more and more activities that they should be staying out of.
In response to a caller who asked about an expected rise in knife related crimes if a gun ban is ever passed, Sharpton said:
“In any civilized society you do not see massacres continue to happen, from Tucson to Aurora to Columbine to Virginia Tech to where we are now in Newtown to Chicago and you keep the same laws when clearly they’re not working.”
The caller responded:
“What happens when the criminal goes to knives, Al?”
“Then you deal with knives. The same thing as if you have a head cold and the same thing you do if you have a head cold and the cold is gone and you have a headache. Then you take headache medicine. The job of society is to deal with whatever problem confronts it.”
There will, of course, be a backlash among conservatives for this type of statement, and again the debate may shift away from the massacre at Newtown and onto these types of arguments. President Obama has insisted that gun control legislation will be at the top of his legislative priorities this year, and he is determined to get a deal done. The NRA and other pro-gun groups are gearing up for the fight and are expected to start pushing their agenda immediately after the new year.
Do you think Al Sharpton is right and that America may need knife control?