If there was ever a reason to stop gun control, we now have a perfect example. In broad daylight, a self-identified Muslim shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ and an accomplice repeatedly stabbed and tried to behead an off-duty soldier in front of dozens of passers-by. What could they do? They were unarmed. Someone with a gun could have shot the men at a safe distance.

The gun v. sword scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark comes to mind.

Weapons are not the problem. If people want to murder, they’ll find a way. If a gun isn’t available, a couple of meat cleavers and knives will do the job.

I was talking with my company’s cinematographer about sweeping landscape shots, and I mentioned the masterfully shot film Shane (1953) that stars Alan Ladd (Shane), Van Heflin (Joe Starret), Jean Arthur (Marian Starrett), and Jack Palance (Wilson).

There’s a scene in Shane where Shane and Marian have a short discussion about guns:

Marian: “Guns aren’t going to be my boy’s life.”

Shane: “A gun is a tool, Marian, no better or worse than any other tool. . . . An axe, a shovel, or anything. A gun is as good or bad as the man using it.”

The exchange begins at the 1:37 mark. Watch the entire 2-minute clip. And if you haven’t seen the film, you need to in the widescreen version.

As we learn, a gun was necessary for defense against a hired gunman (Palance), otherwise the settlers would have been driven off their land.

Great Britain has strict gun control laws. Advocates of gun control believe that these laws cut down on violence and crime. Such laws only empower lawbreakers.