Crime and Punishment

Man yelling racial-slurs fatally stabs 2 Good Samaritans on Portland train

AP photo

In a “man bites dog” incident of knife violence on a train, a racist douchebag has stabbed 3 Good Samaritans in Portland.

From PJ Media:

Three men who stepped in to stop a man from shouting slurs at passengers were stabbed, two fatally, on a Portland train Friday.

Portland police said a man on the MAX train at the Hollywood Transit Station was “yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions” when people “attempted to intervene with the suspect and calm him down.” Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, Ore., and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Southeast Portland were stabbed to death. Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, of Southeast Portland was in the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Train service was halted for several hours Friday evening as the scene was investigated.

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Sunday Funny: Sit and Spin edition (Updated)

If you follow Instagram accounts of EDC pocket-dumps, you probably noticed fidget spinners begin to pop up about a year or so ago. Back then, they were a novelty being carried by guys who liked high-end machine work. The wave began to build, to where the EDC community even began to make fun of itself, but the fad hadn’t quite made the mainstream. David wrote about the spinner phenomenon just prior to it blowing up.

Sunday Funny: Spin Me Right Round

Well, if you hadn’t noticed, the wave has crested and the things have reached the cheap plastic-crap stage. They are actually already banned in my children’s school. Miraculously though, they appeared all over the playground on the last day of school. But that’s Unpossible.

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Tennis star Petra Kvitova returns to French Open following knife attack

Petra Kvitova, 2-time Wimbledon Champion.

It has been less than 6 months since we brought you the harrowing tale of the knife-attack on 2-time Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova in the Czech Republic. Despite suffering tendon damage to her playing hand, she has returned from surgery and  rehabilitation and will take the court at this week’s French Open.

From Guardian UK:

She is still wary, and walks with a guarded eye now in public. Her attacker raked a knife across the fingers of her left hand, the one she uses for her job, and only three hours and 45 minutes of surgery the next day saved her from losing her career. Kvitova cannot discuss the attack but she said after confirming her place in the draw: “I did miss definitely the court, I did miss the fight. Now I can just enjoy everything, even the beautiful weather outside. Sometimes I just stand outside and see the sun and say: ‘Oh, it’s beautiful.’ I see different kind of things than before.”

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Crime and Punishment

Clown with bladed glove murders man; is arrested after fleeing on scooter

The perp, Christian Lee Gulzow, is also the frontman for a Denver death-metal band.

If not for the fact that a man died in the incident, this would otherwise reach Florida-levels of entertainment value. Not only was the perp dressed as a clown, wearing a bladed-glove, and fled the scene on a scooter, he is/was also the frontman for a Denver-area death metal band and the whole thing went down in a “Torchy’s Tacos” parking lot. As I said, there is a whole-lot of random in this apparently random crime.

From VICE.com:

A 29-year-old man was slashed to death in the parking lot of Torchy’s Tacos in downtown Denver, Colorado at 12:39 AM on Tuesday morning. Witnesses referred to the suspect as a man in “white, clown-type makeup with black streaks on his face,” according to a report by the Denver Police. The assailant was allegedly sporting “a glove with blades on the end of each finger.” They estimated the blades to be two to three inches long.

Following the incident, the clown-faced man was seen hopping aboard a scooter and riding away into the night.

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Knife Rights

AKTI Introduces Interstate Transport Act. The question is Why?

its a trap

The American Knife and Tool Institute (AKTI) is the trade group for the production knife industry. While not all of the industry stalwarts are members, a significant number are. I have spent more time covering Knife Rights, which through grass-roots advocacy has been leading the charge for knife-law reform in America. I personally view AKTI as being somewhat late to the party. In January 2016 they announced an increased focus on the effort, issuing this press release.

Earlier this month AKTI announced the introduction in Congress of the Interstate Transport Act (ITA – S. 1092), which turns out to be  a watered-down and dangerously ineffective alternative to the latest version of the Knife Owner Protection Act (KOPA – H.R. 84), conceived and authored by Knife Rights, which was introduced on the opening day of this congressional session. Both bills ostensibly aim for the same goal, “to protect the right of law-abiding citizens to transport knives interstate, notwithstanding a patchwork of local and State prohibitions.”  KOPA would actually do just that, while the ITA fails miserably in that, and worse, actually endangers knife owners traveling the country.  The question is, Why? 

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Knife Rights

UPDATE: Texas Residents – the Senate passed the “Bowie Bill”. 

Update: It passed the Senate late last night. Good work everyone and thank you to those who called.  

Details to follow. 

I don’t know how many people will see this before midnight tonight (Austin, TX time), but this just went out a couple of hours ago from Knife Rights. Apparently the “Bowie Knife” bill (HB1935) which would lift the ban on bowies, dirks, and other verboten blade-types is in trouble tonight. Not because it isn’t supported by overwhelming margins, but because it might be collateral damage from unrelated House/Senate feuding in the Texas Legislature.

From Knife Rights:

Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Bill Needs Your Immediate Help!
CALL RIGHT NOW!  
PLEASE STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING, READ THIS, AND CALL RIGHT NOW!
Knife Rights bill to repeal “illegal knives” from Texas statute HB1935 needs your help to get over the finish line.HB1935 passed the Texas House 131 – 1, was favorably reported out of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, and recommended for the Senate  Local and Uncontested calendar.

By any measure the bill is in good shape to pass, however due to political tensions unrelated to HB1935 in the Texas legislature things have slowed to a snails pace, and the clock is ticking and will run out at midnight tonight Austin Texas time. So if HB1935 is not heard by Midnight tonight, it is dead!

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5 From the Grinder

“5 from the Grinder” with Jason Leclair

It took several months to work thorough the post-BLADE Show queue of 5 from the Grinder posts last year, and since then I have been reaching out to custom makers on social media whose work catches my eye. While I  anticipate another solid run of posts in the weeks following this year’s show, I am always looking for new makers to feature. So please feel free to suggest makers whom you know who might be interested.

Jason Leclair (Leclair Knives) is one of those makers I mentioned I came across through a Facebook group. He is a Canadian knifemaker whose wares include some lovely handle and bolster work. But I will let Jason tell you more…

 

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