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(What’s written is an opinion on my part)

I don’t know what’s in the drinking water of Connecticut but at the high school in a neighboring town a 16 yr. old knifed to death a girl who refused to go to the junior prom with him. 7 AM, just before classes, in the main hall, in front of everyone he cut her throat. It’s in all the media, over and over. Her funeral was today. It’s an incredibly sad situation. It’s a nice town; a nice high school. Everyone’s asking “Why?”

Today’s paper covered all the recent knifings that occurred including the 16 yr. old who stabbed 22 students in a PA school (April 10) with two kitchen knives and the Utah HS football player who was stabbed to death (April 27).

The article was not antagonistic but it did produce statistics. Statistics catch peoples’ eyes. In 2012, 10,444 weapons-used homicides occurred in the USA. Knives or similar instruments were used in 15% of the cases. In CT, 129 homicides were committed with weapons; 13% with cutting instruments.

Knife users/collectors have been under siege for quite a while now. We all know that. Incidents described above don’t help our position even though they were committed by kids probably using kitchen cutlery.

Now all the wise lawmakers will start to raise their eyebrows and most likely go after serious, experienced users and collectors like us. It always seems to be the case. “We’ve got to do something! We’ve got to do something!”

Such a scenario will, as usual, sidestep the issue of childhood mental problems. As of this writing the assailant is still in a psychiatric ward in a local hospital, while experts are trying to figure out what happened.

All the experts also said you can’t associate it to violence on TV like the show “The Following” (a serial killer doing in his victims by stabbing). Of course we shouldn’t develop such a theory that incessant violence on TV/movies/games has anything to do with influencing young minds. That’s absurd. The real problem is the KNIFE!

I can see this Orwellian scene in the in the not too distant future: you’ll have to be 21 or over, produce ID and sign a document (similar to purchasing a firearm) if you want to buy a set of kitchen knives at Walmart’s. Today there are a number of Walmart’s that do not even carry a pocket knife in the sporting goods department and the kitchen cutlery is locked up on the pegs.

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Comment by Michael D. on May 11, 2014 at 14:15

Well here we go again. Guy shot (killed) his wife and injured his mother-in-law because the wife was going to get a permanent restraining order against him. Again in the suburbs - nice area.

So the paper published the recent domestic violence stats: gun, knife, strangulation. Yep knives are up there.

PS: CT lawmakers are kicking themselves because of the loop hole they discovered. If a temp restraining order is issued (as it was in the case above) the person doesn't have to give up their guns. For a permanent one they have to surrender all weapons.

Comment by Jan Carter on May 3, 2014 at 16:31

Doug,

We played cowboy and indians, aimed our toy guns at each other.  Played war and flung "grenades" at each other but we knew it was a game.  Your right, we learned respect early and knew accountability meant you have to use your own pocket knife to cut a switch LOL

Comment by Doug Thrower on May 3, 2014 at 16:20

I warn against even hinting at the entertainment kids are exposed to as a source for blame. I grew up watching war movies and horror movies. I listened to heavy metal music. I didn't grow up to be a psychopathic killer. The problem is a society that doesn't teach respect and accountability.

There are several groups like the NRA that are there for knife rights. Get involved as much as you can with any and all of them. Write letters, emails to politicians. Write emails to local newspapers about knife clubs your involved with and let people know that regular sane folks carry and use knives everyday as tools.

Be careful "sheeple" are very easily spooked, approach slowly and speak softly and they may listen and not run away.

Comment by Jan Carter on May 3, 2014 at 14:50

Kitchen knives, it is always the kitchen knives!

Comment by John McCain on May 3, 2014 at 13:31

I'm a little fuzzy on the details, but I remember the conversations from about 10 years ago on another knife forum- A well known knifemaker told of all his legal troubles when they actually tried to kick him and his business out of town for making "dangerous weapons" He made fantasy knives and swords that sold for over $1000 apiece-Can you say ill-informed hysteria ?? His legal defense was "Who uses a $1000+ knife or sword to commit a violent crime?? After great expense in legal fees, etc. they could not find ONE instance of that ever occuring-


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Comment by Dave Taylor on May 2, 2014 at 17:51

Fact is, people have been killing people for a lotta years, and it ain't gonna stop anytime soon.

Fact is, sensationalism sells news, and the news media thrives, (and makes money) from all of it.

Support the Knife Rights organization and become a member.......today!  They do make a difference.

Comment by Steve Hanner on May 2, 2014 at 9:12

The exact same opinions that certain people have on guns are being transferred to knives. This is not good. You will always have those in society who harm others. Its shame, but it is why we have a judicial system, courts and jail.

For years society has been developing an attitude of "protect me from myself" and the government has obliged, passing foolish laws and stealing freedoms.

It has to stop before we give up everything.

Comment by J.J. Smith III on May 1, 2014 at 23:00

In all the years I worked in a State Prison, there was only 1 instance of a "street knife" being used to hurt someone.  

Folks don't realize that banning knives doesn't stop assaults with "edged weapons." 

Comment by Michael D. on May 1, 2014 at 21:57

Absolutely agree 100% with you. I've followed the ATKI but don't know about Knife Rights.

Comment by Jan Carter on May 1, 2014 at 21:52

Michael,

What you say is very true, regrettably.  I dont know when violence became an everyday occurrence in young lives but life itself does not seem to hold the same value these days.

As for them going after the collectors, it began a long time ago with the switchblade laws, then the descriptions of lengths.  It is the reason I keep saying we need to help the Knife Rights and the ATKI.  These are the folks fighting to keep our rights, and it gets harder and harder everyday

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