Countries that are successfully controlling their crime problems and minimizing re-offense are doing the exact opposite, in fact data shows that the death penalty has no impact on the crime rate and longer prison sentences increase crime.
And facts also show in places where more people carry guns legally with permits, crime is lower. Seems the criminals have a problem with the odds being less in their favor, with a higher probability they'll get shot instead of their victim when they commit a crime.
The USA has the HIGHEST murder rate among 1st world countries period for a long time. A gun is not a deterrent. It just means the criminal will get even more prepared to commit the crime. In essence, more weapons ala 1998 in North Hollywood bank heist. If you make a law that says he can only get 1 to 2 guns, he'll just use false IDs and so on. Ever heard of a bank robbery with a knife. Now, most every bank needs bulletproof glass for the tellers. It just goes on and on. Yes, I know. These are your reasons to be armed. Is it a coincidence, that some interviewed criminals pulled off their acts based on Hollywood movies? cause & effect at its greatest
My gun has deterred a few, jcales, and I didn't have to draw it. Just the sight of it my holster turned them away. Seems like a win-win to me. The criminal didn't get shot and I didn't have to shoot anyone. Works for me.
Here's a good reason why: you can do things with knives besides kill people. I just sharpened a pencil with one. I used one preparing dinner last night, and spread butter on my toast with one this morning. I haven't stabbed anyone in ages, and even if I did, the chances of them dying from a stab wound are pretty low, unless a major artery is cut or they don't get medical attention.
If knives had no other purpose than kiling, and were capaable of killing without much physical effort, without getting close to one's victim, and capable of killing lots of people in short order, then maybe they should be regulated more closely.
From what I've seen, cowards don't use anything at all. They're the ones hiding behind the ones who carry weapons legally or the ones with the tape outline of where they were murdered with their cell phone in their hand trying to dial 911.
Most countries have knife laws actually, I had to get a special dispensation for my Grandfathers stiletto in Australia and I can't carry it, most countries don't allow switch knives and knives made for concealment.
In Cleveland, OH, where I live, knives are regulated. You cannot carry a knife with a blade longer than 4 inches (the length of a cop's badge). But regardless, stabbing deaths are fairly rare, compared to deaths with other weapons I will not mention, because I'm playing your game. Also, multiple killings like the one in the article, are also quite rare. Most murders are one-on-one.
But that also doesn't mean that dangerous weapons shouldn't be regulated.
I just hope we can keep this from getting out of hand and having sword fights out in the street. But the Republicans will probably block any legislation like they usually do. They want people to be knighted you know.
You would have thought a place as forward thinking as china would have had a situation like this under control for some time. After all, and there are prominent people in our progressive society who will affirm this, we are supposed to be like China!