Texas Mom Pushes Knife Control After Son Dies From Stabbing
The knife control craze seems set to cross the Atlantic. A mother who lost her son in a vicious knife attack went to the Texas capital of Austin to lobby Governor Greg Abbott for more restrictions on bladed weapons. As with gun control, she seems focused more on restricting access to the weapon the murderer used than on enabling victims to defend themselves.
"Bottom line: It should have never happened that day. It should not have happened. [White] should have not been allowed to have an illegal knife on him and use it to murder somebody," Lori Brown, the mother of University of Texas at Austin student Harrison Brown, told KXAN News. Her son died in a stabbing attack on campus in May 2017, and she has decided to channel her grief into restricting the type of knife used to kill him.
"I have nothing to lose. I will not take 'no' for an answer," Brown declared. "If something like [the stabbing attack] happens again, I just don't know what I would do."
Kendrex White, 21, has been charged with murder and aggravated assault in the stabbing spree that killed Brown's son. Police said he used a "Bowie-style" hunting knife to stab four male students.
A little over a month after the stabbing, Abbott signed H.B. 1935 into law. The bill made it legal to carry Bowie knives and other large bladed weapons in more places around the state. Knives like the one used to kill Brown's son are still illegal on K-12 and college campuses, however.
"In my opinion, [H.B. 1935] totally disregards Harrison and how he died and his murder," Brown told KXAN. "It really did feel like a slap in the face."
"I'm hoping to maybe repeal, or amend, or maybe poke some holes into House Bill 1935," Brown announced. "In addition to that, I'd also like to see some changes made — on college campuses, university campuses and with this House Bill — that prevent knives, Bowie knives, swords, machetes from getting into the wrong hands and coming onto campus."
H.B. 1935 expanded access to knives that were illegal to carry publicly in Texas previously. The law made Bowie knives, daggers, dirks, stilettos, poniards, swords, and spears legal to be carried throughout Texas, but it also forbade knives with blades over 5.5 inches in certain areas. Such weapons are illegal in establishments that receive more than 51 percent of their revenue from alcoholic sales, high school, college or professional sporting events, correctional facilities, medical facilities, amusement parks, or places of religious worship.
"People in Texas really need to be aware of what their representatives are voting for," Brown told KXAN. "I just really feel like a lot of people don't realize what that House Bill means."