On June 21, 2017, Amor Ftouhi, 49, a citizen of Canada and Tunisia, used a twelve inch knife to attack Michigan Officer Jeff Neville in the neck. During the attack Ftouhi shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, and after he had been subdued, he said something similar to “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.” This is clearly being described as an “act of terrorism” by authorities.

Rather than rehash the details of the incident thoroughly covered by other news sources, I would like to focus on a new development and its implications.

He had been denied a gun purchase

Amor Ftouhi attempted to purchase a firearm and was denied during the background check process. Even though he was unable to obtain a firearm through a gun shop, he still engaged in an act of violence. We’re very lucky Ftouhi did not turn to the black market where he can easily purchase an illegal firearm, but failing to obtain a firearm did not stop him from seeking out, as he saw it, revenge against America.

Violence is a cultural issue – not an inanimate object issue.

Banning one inanimate object will not stop evil from seeking out other forms of violence, be it a black market firearm, knife, van, pressure cooker, or airplane.

A firearm is simply another tool, all tools can be used for good or evil.

Denying law abiding citizens the tool to defend themselves will not subdue criminals.