August 20, 2019

Obama Calls for Knife Control in Wake of Mass Stabbings


A construction worker who ran into the California university classroom to break up what he thought was a fight is being hailed as a hero for preventing a student armed with a hunting knife from possibly killing his intended target.

Byron Price, 31, was working on remodeling a waiting room at the University of California, Merced campus when he heard a commotion Wednesday and rushed to check on it.

The violence left Price and three others badly injured, but all are expected to survive. The assailant, described as a college student in his 20s, was shot and killed by campus police as he fled the scene.

Authorities are investigating a motive. Warnke said the knife blade was eight to 10 inches long.

Incidents of campus violence are becoming rampant. Stabbings involving multiple victims on college campuses have not raised as much alarm as mass shootings, although several U.S. colleges have been the site of violent attacks involving bladed weapons.

A student at Morgan State University in Maryland was charged in March with slashing two other students with a pocket knife outside a campus dining hall. In 2013, a 20-year-old student at a Texas community college wounded at least 14 people during a building-to-building attack.

Speaking from the oval office, a visibly shaken and obviously disturbed President Obama decried the escalating violence with knives in the nation as “public enemy number one,” adding that “We should not rest until we’ve rounded up every sharp blade in this nation and melted it down into a spoon.”

Amen, Mr. President. Amen.


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