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Mass Stabbing At Pennsylvania School

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  • Center Left
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    Charlotte, NC
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    Unfortunately, today there is another tragedy on our hands. A 16 year old freshman with a knife in each hand went on a rampage, stabbing at least 20 of his classmates in the abdomen and lower flank. Nine of the children are in serious condition with critical punctures to vital organs. The teen is in police custody, shown leaving the school handcuffed with his head down. The incident started at 7:15 and ended shortly thereafter when the school security guard and vice principle took the perp down. Motive unknown at this time.

    After minutes of the attack, a teacher or student pulled the fire alarm to evacuate the building which saved many children and staff I'm sure. The victims range from 15, to 17, with one at the age of 60. All of the critical victims were admitted to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. When will these tragedy's stop? Although this is terrible, there is good news. The Doctors treating the patients say they expect all survive.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Okay, I'll say it, Lets ban all knives from schools and make them all knife free zones also background checks should be mandatory for purchases of knives and of course a Knife registery to see who buys what and in what quantities. Seriously though, I am glad that none of the injuries proved fatal.
  • Center Left
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    Charlotte, NC
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    johnnycee Wrote: Okay, I'll say it, Lets ban all knives from schools and make them all knife free zones also background checks should be mandatory for purchases of knives and of course a Knife registery to see who buys what and in what quantities. Seriously though, I am glad that none of the injuries proved fatal.


    Yeah I was waiting for it. It's amazing that none of the victims have fatal injuries. It's been said a few times that most of the wounds look oddly uniform to each other. Could this mean the kid did his research? To prove a point, yet not kill anyone? I know it's far, but hey...
  • Center Left
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    Suggestion to those in charge of this site....... Add a section on the profile page..... What is your agenda (not that it would be filled out) ? Everybody seems to have one.

    Back to the topic. This is a tragedy. It's terrible situation. I'm very glad that the victims are expected to survive. It proves that people who want to cause much harm can do so in many ways. It will be interesting to hear the kids explanation - if he has one.
  • Center Left
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    TJ Wrote: Suggestion to those in charge of this site....... Add a section on the profile page..... What is your agenda (not that it would be filled out) ? Everybody seems to have one.
    Do you think I have a hidden agenda? Just curious what you mean.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Before the people with all the letters after their name and other learned scholars can figure out what prompted this student to wing out in the manner in which he did, the media will already come up with the symtoms and the preventive care needed to combat this growing problem and will add even more confusion to a variety of mental health issues.
  • Center Left
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    ClayTaylorNC Wrote:
    TJ Wrote: Suggestion to those in charge of this site....... Add a section on the profile page..... What is your agenda (not that it would be filled out) ? Everybody seems to have one.
    Do you think I have a hidden agenda? Just curious what you mean.
    No Clay, I don't think you have an agenda. I think Johnny is playing back against those who have stood on their soap box about gun control. We all have opinions but some issues are taken more personally than others.

    4 are in critical condition. Let's all hope for the best possible outcome.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Tony, your way too clever for me to try and make a point with sarcasm, but thanks for thought.
  • Center Left
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    johnnycee Wrote: Okay, I'll say it, Lets ban all knives from schools and make them all knife free zones also background checks should be mandatory for purchases of knives and of course a Knife registery to see who buys what and in what quantities. Seriously though, I am glad that none of the injuries proved fatal.
    I don't think knives or weapons of any kind should be allowed in schools. But, I also know that a knife registry would be infinity harder to pull off than a gun registry. Case in point, I have a few friends that can make a knife with some sheet metal, wood and screws in an afternoon (with basic tools found in any old barn or garage), and they rival ones that you would purchase from a store, both in quality and effectiveness. How would we go about registering those, as many many people make their own knives? It's simply a hobby and form of artwork for some. Outlawing or keeping a national/state data bank on tools and supplies that could or could not make a knife would be wildly ineffective and counter-productive. Same will some day soon be true with guns as well, once 3D printing takes off.

    If manufacturing is centralized with a few companies that patent knife/gun products to an extent that one citizen could not legally make their own, then I agree, making a national registry data bank is a great idea. But, in a nation with de-centralized manufacturing ability, where we all have access to the raw materials needed to assemble said weapons, it's damn near impossible.

    In no way am I condoning this travesty or implying that we should just do nothing. I'm just simply saying that a knife registry in my mind sounds inherently impossible to be ultimately effective. At best, it would be a mild deterrent.
  • Center Left
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    As johnny mentioned, it was sarcasm. You think there are a lot of guns out there - well over 300 million, imagine how many knives there are. 1 have two blocks holding knives in my kitchen plus another couple dozen in a kitchen drawer. Everyone who fishes has one or more, plus pocket knives and swiss army knives. The number must be huge.

    Read above posts
  • Center Left
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    I don't think he was being sarcastic. But, if he was, my apologies.
  • Democrat
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    We could advocate a law to carry a license for having a knife on your person............Ha...that'll be the day. However, any Boy Scout will tell you a knife is forbidden to carry on your campout without a Totem Chit. You earn the Totem by having a safety course on ax, saw, and blade and be able to define the cutting area for safe exposure to other campers. So, when you see a Boy Scout with his knife ask him for his Totem chit, which should be in his billfold or pocket. Don't be surprised, most Boy scouts loose theirs immediately after earning it. Rule is, in order to replace the chit, you have to take the course again from a qualified Adult appointed by the local Scout Master.

    We have hunting, fishing, boating, automobile, aircraft, and even gun safety licenses, so a knife license is not all bad. It's just ridiculous. How many licenses does a person need to carry. My drivers license is good enough to show the bar keep my legal age to drink a beer. So, that's all that matters to me. I always carry a knife in my truck to cut things, but it's of legal length (less than 3.5 inches of blade). Missouri has a legal length limit on blades to keep those mountaineers who carry the Buck/Bowie knives that are longer than 12 inches away from the public. Some would think those knives could satisfy being machete's. It's laughable to see a old camper dressed like Davy crocket with his Bowie knife on his side. I hold my laugh while I watch Mr. Bowie open up a can of beans with his knife. I'm looking around for something to stopped the blood leaving his body after he cuts his hand or fingers off. The fascination with knives is as bad a CAMO AR15 with a 30 round clip. Guns and knives or clubs and spears, just dependent on how Neanderthal you want to be.

  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    sbfriedman Wrote: I don't think he was being sarcastic. But, if he was, my apologies.


    No apologies needed and yes I was being sarcastic.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Looking at all the "threads" related to "guns" in school and the so called solutions, like having armed guards in school or teachers having guns; this happening points to the most easy way to solve these disasters.
    Simple install metal detectors at the schools entry; every one who attends should go through it; my guess is this is cheaper than employing guards.
    Neither does the teachers have to be armed. A one time expense only. Problem solved.
  • Center Left
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    Charlotte, NC
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    The sophomore is being charged with four counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and one count of possessing a prohibited weapon on school property.