I’ve been shown two different techniques for disarming someone with a knife. Neither one comes close to guaranteeing you don’t get cut at least a time or two.
One of the instructors also showed a few techniques for attacking with a knife. He calls one the sewing machine. I’ve seen several internet videos of criminals using a similar technique. Not something I’d want to be on the receiving end of!
I’ve always feared a knife attack more than some guy pulling a gun. Not because a gun is less lethal but because a knife attack is so fast. Judging from what I’ve read and seen on actual videos, it seems so much of a surprise when some nut-case suddenly starts slashing and the silence is deafening. Seeing a guy pull a gun I may have a few seconds to react but with a knife I don’t think I’d even know what was happening unless the perp was a complete idiot and started with his hand in the air screaming.
Crazy homeless people infest all major cities. If you think Ogden is bad, trying walking in downtown DC, Oakland, Portland, LA, New York, Las Vegas, Denver, etc.
When I worked in DC, I got off the metro at the Foggy Bottom metro station and walked about a mile to my office at 3300 K street. I navigated a phalanx of dirty, crazy bums every single day, in two directions. For me, the smell of urine in DC streets is only rivaled by the bathroom in Penn Station in New York. And that’s in our nation’s capital, supposedly the shining city on a hill.
There are too many to imprison, and imprisonment won’t help, 'cause sooner than later they have to be released and society (hopefully) has moved beyond creating concentration camps or Einsatzgruppen mobile death squads to dispose of the people it considers undesirable. And prison does not turn people into decent, productive citizens or contribute to building social wealth other than enriching the contractors who build/run prisons.
Governments – federal, state and local – lack the competence and desire to address the problem, so waiting for governments to “do something” is a fool’s errand. I’ve come to understand that elected officials are simply individuals who want a government job for life and are often unqualified to do anything other than run for office.
What can/should individuals do? I moved away from urban America. My wife was ED for the local Habitat affiliate that builds affordable housing one family at a time, and I’ve sat on the BOD of a large, local charity that provides food and other assistance to the indigent. But both of those things are clearly inadequate to deal with the magnitude of the problem we face.
You are absolutely right. Perhaps the solution lies in constructing giant er… quarantine facilities, similar in size to the one they showed in El Salvador, except they are NOT prisons. They are health and well-being care facilities for bums and habitual offenders. And no, they don’t have to be released any sooner, than they are cured of drug addiction or mental illness or there is someone who would take care of them. The latter includes govts of Guatemala, Honduras, etc etc. who don’t send their best people here.
Oh the " “Nomad Tribes” are bad here in Huntington, W.Va. of all places, or the " Backpackers" so to speak. It used to be the same old two guys standing on their usual corners bumming with bags of fast food people buy them that they could care less about and leave there for dogs to eat but now there are literal gangs of them . Cant hardly go in a gas station type place without being accosted by a few of them and as usual the cops wont do anything about them. The bug houses are closed anymore and noone wants to take care of their withdrawing selves in jail puking and crapping all over theirselves. People always say " get a job!" and Im thinking “whos gonna hire them, you?” They usually have no ID , no drivers liscense, no address, no transportation or anything else. I dont wanna be mean to them but aint much I can do for them so what to do?