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The Washington Post Publishes Article on Knife Rights


If you collect or enjoy knives, you’ve likely heard of the knife advocacy group started by knife designer Doug Ritter called Knife Rights.

Well, thanks to an article published in The Washington Post on September 15, people all over the country had the joy of learning all about the group’s effort to repeal restrictive knife laws in the United States.

I highly recommend reading the whole thing here.

An image of Todd Rathner of Knife Rights by Bridget Bennett for The Washington Post

Reporter Todd C. Frankel did a pretty good job presenting both sides of the argument and portraying the organization in a fairly positive light.

Here is a nice excerpt from the piece:

Ritter, 65, said that knives, like guns, should be considered arms protected by the Second Amendment. He doesn’t support any restriction on knives — not on switchblades or push daggers or even the ballistic knives that shoot like spears from a handle. Todd Rathner, director of legislative affairs for Knife Rights, holds a one-handed open knife during the Usual Suspect Gathering.

That’s become a winning argument. Twenty-one states have repealed or weakened their knife laws since 2010, many of them with bipartisan support, including Colorado, Michigan and Illinois. New York came close to doing the same last year. Ohio could be next. Texas passed its bill last year despite a high-profile stabbing death just days before lawmakers voted. And Knife Rights, with little financial backing, has been working behind the scenes to help make it happen.

“A lot of people said it would be impossible to repeal a switchblade law in any state. Insane. Tilting at windmills,” Ritter said. “Turns out they were wrong.”

The story was not without its faults though.

Frankel spent a lot of time categorizing knives as weapons instead of pointing out that they’re tools millions of people use every day at their jobs or home.

Knife Rights also caught a few glaring errors. Here’s an excerpt from a response post by Knife Rights:

Apparently unfazed by the fact that kitchen knives are by far the most common knife used to commit a violent crime, which we pointed out repeatedly, Frankel belabors the point that knives are the second most common weapon used to commit murder. And, he reports on so-called mass stabbings like they are common occurrences, which they are not. He also failed to take note these are also most commonly committed with kitchen knives.

I think failing to note that kitchen knives are used in more knife crimes than the more commonly demonized weapons like large Cold Steel folders or daggers was a big problem.

Either way, hopefully this garners more attention and support for what Knife Rights is doing.

Both sides of the political spectrum can come together to get knife laws that have been historically used to target minorities and low-income citizens repealed. This is particularly true in the New York City gravity knife law fiasco we’ve written on extensively.

As a bonus, I wanted to look at the 10 most common comments on the article. I spent way too much time wading through the more than 2,000 comments on the article.

  1. “I’m going to start my own advocacy group for the legal carry of bombs”
  2. “knife people are just overcompensating for something with phallic overtones”
  3. “Great… more weapons on the streets”
  4. “I want to be able to carry my samurai sword to Walmart”
  5. “Who whips out their own knife at a restaurant?” (A reference to the lede)
  6. “Hitler tried disarming people too!”
  7. “Why does anyone need to carry a knife anyway?”
  8. [Liberals this… Conservatives that… Democrats hate America… Republicans are the worst… or some variant]
  9. “Men… always infatuated with weaponry”
  10. “Don’t we have more important things to worry about?”

There. I saved you from having to look at the comments.

1 Comment

  1. Hey love the blog, I have a website and I would love to use this in it with your permission if possible and of course all credits will be given to rightful owners.

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