When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Bayonets

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.

via Bail for accused bayonet killer set at $100K | Local | rapidcityjournal.com.

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.

22 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Bayonets

  1. James

    “Judgmental of us,Inuit”,there,that’s better!We going un pc might as well carry it on!Any sjw’s here(really) am Nordic with a bit of Maori in me so give it a shot(not sure how that part of family history crossed paths).

    I would say early am New Years,and a bayonet charge imbibing in something was on the menu,if not,really need to avoid these folks and whole damn region.

    1. Kirk

      Question I’m having, now that I think on this a bit, is whether or not our bayonetter (OK, is that even a damn word…? What the hell do we call someone using a bayonet, in the first place? I can’t recall ever hearing a word for that specific sort of thing. Can anyone else? And, WTF is with the etymology crap all coming down, today?) was a veteran of military service, and did he have actual training on the weapon while in the military?

      I honestly can’t think of another case of a bayonet being used while mounted on a weapon that I’ve ever heard of. There was a stabbing a few years back, where someone used a bayonet in lieu of a knife, but… On a rifle? This may be a first, I’m thinking.

      1. DSM

        I did hear of an Honor Guard, rifle spinning type of self-inflicted incident of a bayonet getting stuck in a foot but wasn’t a first hand witness to it.

      2. Scott

        I suppose that one who gymnasticates is a gymnasticator.

        Therefore, one who bayonetes is bayonetor?

        Just trying for a bit of consistency in a language which studiously avoids it.

        1. Kirk

          Just trying for a bit of consistency in a language which studiously avoids it.

          Scott, the problem isn’t necessarily that the language is inconsistent, per se. It’s more that the language isn’t taught properly, which makes it seem as though it is inconsistent. There’s a lot of stuff that the oh-so-wise pedagogues we’ve had running things since the 1900s have just “de-emphasized”, and outright discarded.

          Interesting book by Denise Eide covers a lot of this stuff: Uncovering The Logic of English: A Common-Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and Literacy. The book is an eight-buck buy on Amazon Kindle, and if you’re interested in filling in the gaps your teachers left in your education, it’s a very useful tool. If nothing else, the history she goes over in the book explains a lot of where all this “inconsistent” crap comes from–In reality, it’s very consistent. It’s just that the framework that makes it consistent isn’t taught any more.

          1. Scott

            Well, I’d be happy if we could retroactively expunge the words / elements borrowed from the French. But then we’d lose … bayonet.

          2. John M.


            We’d also lose “retroactive” and “element,” just from your one short comment. Language may be one place where diversity really is vibrancy. Some languages just have excellent words, and it’s nice to have a language that can appropriate them generously.

            (“Language,” “diversity,” “real,” “excellent” and “generous” are all loans from French also.)

            -John M.

        2. JAFO

          And the recipient of the pointy end is the the bayonetee?

          As in lessor/lessee, guarantor/guarantee and so forth?

  2. John M.

    Where is Aesop on this one? I think he has a story about wanting to chase the neighborhood rapist around with an ’03 Springfield with bayonet fixed.

    -John M.

  3. 11B-Mailclerk

    But was he shouting “Blood make the grass grow!” as he acted? I was taught, once upon a long ago, that this was very important to know and recite, with vigor, when wielding the bayonet.

    1. Pathfinder

      “What makes the green grass grow?”
      “Blood, blood makes the green grass grow.”

      Had a platoon sergeant in the previous century who had been stationed in the Berlin Brigade. He told the story of a brigade parade.(I really didn’t try to make those rhyme.) Summer time, there are in formation, right shoulder arms and fixed bayonets. (You can see where this going.) Guy starts wobbling. As he passes out he falls backward and you guessed it, stuck the guy behind him in the chest. It was superficial as the guy was already trying to avoid it. Several other people that I knew were stationed there at the same time and verified it.

  4. W. Fleetwood

    I don’t read Chinese but I have to wonder if the caption on that poster is “Oh heavens, my SKS barrel seems to be quite hot!” or words to that effect.

    Wafa Wafa, Wasara Wasara.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Or, “Some day some neckbeard will try to ruin fine scientific socialist semi carbine with TAPCO furniture and my cousin Wong’s crappy green dot scope.”

      1. Clarence Chen

        The red words (literally) translate to: ‘Charge bravely, let your bayonets see red.’

        1. Clarence Chen

          Also, lord I hate simplified Mandarin. The entire meaning behind the characters is lost.

          1. Hognose Post author

            As a die-hard reader of alphabetic European languages, I know that Simplified Mandarin is just a term of art, but it strikes me as a complete oxmoron.

  5. Bert

    Bwahahahahahaha! Bayonet snark…


    Structurally, the commonly-voiced argument that combat infantry sometimes run out of ammunition is reflective mostly of people failing to understand or properly use existing supply channels. So, if instead of awarding medals to people who bayonet-fight their way out of tight situations, we court-martialed the commanders, senior NCOs, and logisticians who allowed the situation to come to that there should be far fewer cases of deployed infantry running short of ammunition, food, and water. (The push-pack is a logistical concept dating to at least World War II, and if commanders haven’t heard of it by now, they deserve to be fired for incompetence.)

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