When the 1994 so-called “assault-weapons ban” banned, along with “the shoulder thing that goes up,” bayonet lugs, the shooting community shook its heads in wonder. This was a true “tell” of the motives of our opponents… because no one could find a single case, anywhere outside of combat, where some unfortunate wretch had met his Maker at the point of a bayonet.
Well, it has finally happened, in Rapid City, South Dakota — where guns are not only not outlawed, but they’re so embedded in the local culture and economy that one of the advertisers in the paper that reports this story, the Rapid City Journal, is a taxidermy shop. Yep, somebody went on a shoot-and-bayonet spree, and the guy who’s dead is reported to have been bayoneted to death, along with two others who were taken, as the song goes, half the way there.
In Rapid City’s first homicide of 2017, Joseph David Rich, 26, was charged Tuesday in Seventh Judicial Court with second-degree murder. Prosecutors said Rich used the gun and bayonet in the fatal stabbing of Juan Legarda Jr., 20, a couple of hours into the new year.
Rich is also facing two counts of aggravated assault for injuring Trevor Chief Bear and Bradley Randall in the same incident, according to court proceedings.
That’s a pretty neat name. Nobody in New Hampshire is named “Trevor Chief Bear.” But then again, our forebears implemented the Final Solution to the Indian Problem over 300 years ago. (Well, Your Humble Blogger’s forbears were fending off starvation on mud and peat farms in Europe 300 years ago, but you get the idea).
Deputy State’s Attorney Emily Lessin told Magistrate Judge Scott Bogue that Rich “admitted to stabbing or shooting the victims.”
Police said they found Legarda, of Rapid City, dead at a home in the 300 block of East Adams Street around 2 a.m. Sunday. Also found at the scene were Chief Bear and Randall, who were taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital for treatment of shooting or stabbing injuries.
Rich was arrested later that day in a residence on the same street.
Second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence, and each count of aggravated assault is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Gotta love a state where pleading out to murder two still gets the guy life. Another story has some more details, including that the other two bayonet-ees have non-life-threatening injuries, that this is what passes for a rough street in RC, SD, and that the crime took place on that quarter of the clock your sergeant major warned you about:
The call came in around 2:11 a.m. on Sunday regarding “a disturbance,” according to a release.
The home is across the street from the location of a murder that took place two years ago.
Because of the date, time, and presence of an apparent Indian, we’re detecting a whiff of Judgment Juice® around this one. Judgmental of us, innit?
But no matter what your social lubricant of choice, if you’re fixing bayonets at 0200, and a banzai charge, or North Korean human-wave attack, isn’t imminent, you’re wrong.