We constantly hear from the left about the dangers of firearms, but what about the danger of swords?
Before you laugh, keep in mind this is no joke. In 2020 alone, 1,739 people were murdered in the United States with swords, daggers, knives of various types, and other “cutting instruments.”
Also, the list of sword attacks keeps growing. Most recently, a 23-year-old Alabama man named Damien Washam got into a family argument; he then killed his own mother with a sword. He later slashed at his sick uncle and almost killed him, too.
This isn’t a rare thing.
1 sword, 1 arrest & a murder charge, as a family situation turns deadly. @team_sheriff identify Helen Nettles Washam as the deceased.⁰The suspect, id’ed as her son,Damien Winslow Washam. This was the sword recovered from his vehicle. @Mark_Heim @Charles21King @92ZEW @1055wnsp pic.twitter.com/0edM8enTfP
— Kelly FINLEY (@KFinProductions) January 18, 2022
When Will the Sword Attacks Stop?
The tragic case of Washam is just the latest case of swords being a menace to society. The young man ran away, tearing out in his car after killing his poor 61-year-old mom and repeatedly stabbing his brother and disabled uncle with cerebral palsy.
Washam was caught by pursuing police who used spike strips to derail his car, then tazed and arrested him.
He’s going to get hit with murder charges, but the southwestern Alabama town of Semmes is shaken up, and understandably so. There’s no real knowledge of how many people could have swords or get deranged and start stabbing people.
It’s reasonable to ask whether it’s time for us to do something to regulate swords, even decorative or traditional Samurai swords. After all, attacks with Samurai swords are surprisingly common, as this story from Australia shows.
As news reports noted, a real estate agent who went berserk and stabbed a woman with a Samurai sword wasn’t just joking around. He was trying to kill and was charged accordingly.
Swords aren’t just for medieval enthusiasts and people who are into Japanese culture to display in their living rooms; they can be deadly weapons.
Taking Swords Seriously
It’s time for us to take swords seriously. We can’t just allow people to carry swords or potentially have them in their trucks or closets. We need to start asking more questions and demanding more limits on sword ownership.
As this vicious attack in Bakersfield, California three months ago demonstrates, sword attacks are horrifying and increasing. A deranged man carried out a sword attack at the Bakersfield airport and had to be taken down by police before he could kill.
We can trace a pattern of increasing sword attacks. For years now – such as this Colorado man who tried to kill his roommate with a sword – we have had a hidden menace in American society: swords.
It’s not just America, either: look at this story out of Canada where a man slashed seven people with a sword on the streets, killing two in October of 2020.
It’s time to stand up to sword attacks and get these dangerous weapons off our streets for good! Never again!
The Mobile County Sheriff's Department has identified Helen Nettles Washam, 61, as the deceased victim in Sunday's sword attack in Semmes.
Her son, Damien Winslow Washam, 23, has been identified as the suspect. https://t.co/cRgMRU0URL
— Lagniappe (@LagniappeMobile) January 17, 2022