knives

Knives don’t kill people, People kill people.

Kitchen Knife

Kitchen Knife

Knives have been in the headlines lately due to a number of stabbings, one of which resulted in death.

As is customary when events like this occur there have been calls for knives to be banned. Yesterday on Newstalk Danny Watson’s fill in host was calling for bans on knives.

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Banning guns would have prevented this tragedy

Just ask Piers Morgan, guns are bad and should be banned. Banning guns will prevent all sorts of fatal/near fatal shenanigans anytime, anywhere. Nobody was ever killed or injured at the end of a weapon other than a gun, ever.

Murrysville, Pennsylvania: A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, leaving as many as 20 people injured, including a school police officer who eventually subdued the boy with the help of an assistant principal, police said.

Of the 19 students injured, four suffered serious wounds, but all were expected to survive, hospital officials said. The injured officer was discharged.

Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld said the bloody crime scene at Franklin Regional High School, some 24 kilometres east of Pittsburgh, was “vast” and may take a couple days to process.

Most students received stab wounds to the torso, particularly the lower abdomen. Some suffered scrapes and cuts in the mayhem that ensued at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville on Wednesday morning.

Police haven’t named the suspect, who was taken into custody for questioning and later driven from the police station in the back of a cruiser for treatment for a minor hand wound.

Investigators haven’t determined a motive, but Seefeld said they’re looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before. Seefeld didn’t specify whether the suspect reportedly received or made the call.

Two student victims were in critical condition, according to Dr Mark Rubino of Forbes Regional Medical Centre, the closest hospital to the school where eight victims were taken.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre treated a dozen patients. Officials said a 17-year-old boy and 14-year-old boy were in critical condition, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were in serious condition, and a 17-year-old boy and two 17-year-old girls were in fair condition.

Five UPMC patients had been discharged, including three 15-year-old boys, a 16-year-old girl and an adult.

Seefeld wouldn’t detail the carnage beyond saying, “The juvenile went down the hallway and was flashing two knives around and injured the people.”

The chief said someone, possibly a student, pulled a fire alarm after seeing some of the victims being stabbed. Although that created chaos, he said, it also resulted in students running out of the school to safety faster than they might have otherwise.

“The fire alarm being pulled probably assisted with the evacuation of the school and that was a good thing that that was done,” Seefeld said.

The district serves about 3600 students who live in the bedroom communities of Murrysville, Export and Delmont.

Parents and former students say the school, which doesn’t have metal detectors but does spot searches when security officials deem it necessary, generally does a good job of keeping students safe.

“I think the school reacted as fast … as possible,” said Rich Nickel, whose daughter, Jenna, 16, is a sophomore. “It’s obviously a (lone) individual’s act.”

The banning of guns would have also prevented the Boston bombings, 911, Oklahoma bombing and the recent Washington State mudslide.

/dripping facetiousness

How to fake a knife fight

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How to fight with a knife

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It already is illegal, no need for new laws

Don’t you just love people who demand action and a new law when laws already exist, supposedly, to stop things like this happening:

The father of a Christchurch man who was stabbed in the head at a party says the calm demeanour of a police officer helped saved his son.

Police received multiple calls early yesterday morning about trouble brewing at a party on Flockton St.

They arrived to find a 20-year-old man had been stabbed in the head and was being supported by his father and friends.

The man underwent surgery yesterday to have the knife’s nine centimetre blade removed and was in a stable condition in Christchurch Hospital today.  Read more »

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Knife-making

Awesome video about a knife-maker.

Made by Hand / No 2 The Knife Maker from Made by Hand on Vimeo.

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Foolishness over knives

It is no surprise that FIGJAM Power is behind moves to make it harder for law abiding citizen to have access to knives. I say law-abiding because that is who will be affected by his proposed silly new laws covering knives. It is just leading to more dis-arming of the population, all the while the gangs, criminals and Police are massively armed.

Criminals, the ones FIGJAM likes to cuddle, being part of the liberal elite, simply don’t follow laws, that is why they are criminals. His inane law-making will fall on deaf ears.

Suggestions querying as to why a 15 year old would want a knife are just silly. My kids are 14 and 12 this month and I have bought them knives, sharp ones, multiple ones. For them they are tools, utility tools for when we go camping and hunting. they have a pocket knife for small chores, a folding knife for tougher chores and a little recreational whittling and sheath knives for skinning and gutting deer. They sure as hell don’t take them to school, they know how to use them for what they were intended and look after them appropriately with oil, sharpening and care.

Justice Minister Simon Power announced yesterday proposals to help deal with a rise in knife-carrying. These included increasing the sentence for possessing an offensive weapon from two to three years and a voluntary accord with knife sellers to help restrict sales to teenagers.

But he stopped short of a ban on sales to younger teenagers, such as that in Britain and some Australian states, saying it would be impractical.

Those changes will stop not one criminal from carrying a knife with intent to injure. Worse still are the daft Principals Association who want to go even further.

School principals say measures should be put in place to make it difficult for teenagers to buy knives, similar to rules restricting the purchase of spraycans.

The Principals Association welcomed moves to help them search pupils for weapons.

In the real world there are some deluded people who think that because someone is a teacher they are smart. unfortunately the Principals Association shows proof positive that such a belief is wrong-headed. To think that restrictions on purchasing knives would somehow stop some-one from obtaining a knife when they really want to carry one just show a disassociation with reality.

For the final joke on the fuss over knives, the penalties are already higher than the penalties for breaching name suppression, a crime that” cuts to the core of our justice system”. Raising them further just highlights the stupidity of our name suppression laws, laws that FIGJAM is currently reviewing. Gee I can’t hardly wait till his pronouncement on that.

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It isn't easy being Green

I can’t stand Keith Locke, firstly because of his lazy drawl, secondly because he thinks Pol Pot was a hero and his type of government was a model to the West, and thirdly because he can’t keep a position straight just weeks apart.

Here is what he said about knives;

Green MP Keith Locke questioned whether prohibiting sales in shops would have any practical effect.

“The sorts of people who are going to carry and use knives are the sorts of people who could easily circumvent any prohibition.”

And you know what he is dead right. I actually agree with him on that. But surely if that applies to knives, surely it should apply to any weapon, right? Not in Keith Locke’s world it doesn’t.

In fact, we want it to go further down the road towards registering all firearms, and not just MSSAs. The present system of registering firearms owners, but not what weapons they have, allows people like the Napier gunman  Jan Molenaar to amass an armoury without the Police knowing.

Some gun lobbyists argue that general registration is bureaucratically cumbersome. However, we live in a computer age and it is not too hard to require gun traders to input details of sales into a database. In Australia the trading is supposed to be through registered traders, which makes recording who owns what guns relatively easy.

So registering guns and tightening restrictions should be done because of a few lawbreakers but restricting knives can’t be done because those type of people who carry knives don’t easily circumvent laws. He has been banging on about this like for-ever too.

In 2005 he objected to the Police receiving Bushmaster Rifles by saying:

The only opposition to the new rifles has come from the Greens’ police spokesman, Keith Locke, who fears the weapons will lead to American-style killings. He has urged police to proceed with caution.

Kermit GoatseRiiiight Keith, knives don’t bother because the people who carry them don’t give a shit about the law, but gun owners must register oh and the cops can’t have what the crims already have got. What a fuckwit. Clearly it isn’t easy being Green.

Anyone want to live in Keith’s world? The one where we have to rely on a disarmed police force, while the general population should have their guns bought back in a forced sale, but thugs can carry knives because they break the law anyway.

The solution of course is not to try and ban knives, that is so ridiculously silly that the government may just do it. The solution is to liberalise our gun laws so that ordinary citizens can protect themselves from criminals.

Do you want to rely on the Police to protect you? Let’s ask Navtej Singh shall we? Oh wait…….he’s dead.

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