It should come as no surprise that Trump Tower is now a “knife-free zone”. Except for that whole restaurant thing. And I am certain that there are knives in many of the tennant units that were brought into the building prior to the Secret Service being involved in securing the tower. Or knives that continue to be brought in in toolboxes by workmen remodeling suites, or from any number of other sources. That said, when someone shows up with a knife, garrote, fireworks, handcuffs, and a water pistol, it is likely to warrant further scrutiny.
A man was arrested at Trump Tower Monday night after the Secret Service found a knife, handcuffs, a firecracker, and a water pistol on him.
The man was identified by a New York Police Department spokesperson as Alexander Wang, 19, a Baruch College student from upstate New York.
The NYPD said Wang also had a garrote on his person when he was arrested. A garrote is a piece of wire, fishing line, or small rope used to strangle a person.
Wang did not get past security at the heavily guarded Trump Tower, which is President-elect Donald Trump’s home and where he often works.
Maybe KnifeRights could open a knife-check kiosk, like they did at then candidate Trump’s speech at the NRA convention.
Truthfully, this guy was a lightweight. If you recall a couple of years ago I was interviewed by the New York Times about a man who was arrested for a menagerie of melee weaponry that puts Wang’s to shame.
They discovered a stunning array of exotic and eclectic weaponry, the origins of which span continents and centuries and movie house tropes. Mr. Tabois appeared to be a cross between a lethal traveling salesman and an overachieving ninja, a figure, either way, who was at odds with the beer-pong scene on that stretch of Bleecker.
First, the stun gun. Possessing one is illegal in New York City. Mr. Tabois had six more in his backpack, the police said.
He wore a Velcro pad strapped to his left arm that warranted further examination. The pad contained a knife that was more than four inches long, and the backpack held another, the complaint stated. There was a gravity knife, its blade released “through the application of centrifugal force” before locking in place, the officer wrote in the complaint.
There were two belt knives and two neck knives, both named for where they are worn, the police said. There was a blowgun, a weapon often associated with big-screen pygmies and assassins, but as unlikely on the streets of New York as a garrote.
More: “I took two grappling hooks and three lock pick sets from the defendant’s backpack,” the officer wrote.
More: “I took three sets of brass knuckles, one knuckle knife, seven retractable batons, one butterfly knife.”
“I took 10 loose firecrackers,” the officer wrote. “I took one small bag of crack/cocaine.”
And one more thing: “A garrote.”
I was asked to give an assessment of this assortment of banned items:
The contents of his backpack were full of surprises for most civilians, so H. Clay Aalders, managing editor of TheTruthAboutKnives.com, was asked by this reporter to characterize the collection.
“Wow, that’s a menagerie,” he said. “Let’s see how many banned things we can bring into the city.”
The weapons did not necessarily mean Mr. Tabois was a dangerous person, Mr. Aalders said. In fact, they suggested he was something else altogether.
“A mall ninja,” he said, a label for someone who seeks out exotic blades and throwing stars and that sort of thing.
But Mr. Aalders also noted how many of those same knives he himself carries on a regular basis in Knoxville, Tenn., where he is no mall ninja but an avid fisherman. “The neck knife,” he said. “That’s extremely common for a backup knife.”
He said gravity knives and butterfly knives are often prohibited by decades-old bans.
“Too many politicians watched ‘West Side Story’ and James Dean movies,” Mr. Aalders said. “Most people are killed by kitchen knives.”
My mother’s beaming pride when I informed her that her son had been interviewed in the New York Times was short lived. It soon turned to horror when she read of my thoughts about one item in particular:
However, one weapon caught his attention as both absurd and full of potential.
“I can think of nothing more fun than going to a Dumpster in New York City and shooting rats,” he said, “with a blowgun.”
My footnote in the historical record. Heh.