MOLLY IVINS Get a I(nife, Get a Dog, .


but Get Rid of Guns


Let me start this discussion by pointing out that I am not antigun. I’m proknife. Consider the merits of the knife.

In the first place. you have to catch up with someone in order to stab him. A general substitu­

tion of knives for guns would promote physical fitness. We’ cl turn into a whole nation of g reat runners. Plus, knives don’t ricochet. And people are seldom killed while cleaning their knives.

As a civil libertarian, I, of course, support the Second Amendment. And I believe it means exactly what it says:

5 A ivell-regulated 1nilitia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear anns shall not be infringed. Fourteen-year-

Molly Ivins ·wrote tliis op-ed when slie ·was a regular coliinin.ist for tlie Fort Worth Star­ Telegram, a local daily neivspaper serving Fort Worth, Texas, and its surrounding areas. It ivas later included in. Nothin’ but Good Times Ahead (1993), lvins’s collection. of essays exaniin.ing Anierican politics.



I do think gun nuts have a po,-ver hang-up. I don,t knov1 what is missing in their psyches that they need to feel they have the pcnver to kill. But no sane society vvould allcnv this to continue.

Ban the damn things. Ban them all. You vvant protection? Get a dog.


Ivins, J\llolly. “Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns.” 1993. The 1’\forto11- Reader: An Antholog)’ of Nonfiction. Eel. Melissa A. Goldthv,1aite et al. 14th ed. New York: Norton, 2016. 214-16. Print.

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