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High School Stabbing Rampage and Gun Control?

On Wednesday a 16 year old boy went on a stabbing and slashing rampage in his Pennsylvania High School. Twenty-one people were hurt in the attack, and the police eventually arrested the attacker to end the morning of violence.

The authorities plan to prosecute the boy as an adult and bring the full weight of the law to bear on him. The hope, obviously, is to discourage this kind of attack from ever happening again.

I think this attack should illustrate a larger point though.

That point is that humanity is fallen, and no matter how far we progress and how “safe” we make our communities – sick people will still do sick things.

If we outlaw guns, if we outlaw knives, if we outlaw sharp objects and heavy objects… people would still find a way to hurt others. It’s a sad fact of our human condition. The best we can do is to take common sense approaches to safety. What we shouldn’t do is infringe on the liberties of our neighbors just to make ourselves feel better.

I would be willing to wager that a court will find this young man who has committed this heinous crime is in need of psychological help. Hopefully he gets the help he needs and never commits an act of violence against others again. This is the greater need in our society today. Meeting the needs of the mentally ill would be a better use of our resources than working to destroy the liberties of law abiding citizens…

“This country has a mental health problem disguised as a gun problem and a tyranny problem disguised as a security problem.”   — Comedian Joe Rogan

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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