Thorner & Ingold: Will first heinous beheading in U.S. initiate a sharp knife ban?

October 4, 2014

Thorner & Ingold: Will first heinous beheading in U.S. initiate a sharp knife ban?


By Nancy Thorner and Ed Ingold – 

It makes sense that the FBI is examining the background of knife-wielding Alton Nolan, taking time to gather all the facts. To be looked at are Nolan’s actions prior to his heinous act of beheading Colleen Hufford, 54, to determine if his crime was just an outburst of anger at being fired, classified as work place violence, or an act of terrorism.

What we already know:  Alton Nolen recently converted to Islam. According to terrorism expert Steve Emerson in his appearance on Fox News on Saturday, September 28, convicts who convert to Islam while in prison, as a first step to proving their faithfulness to Islam try to convert others to Islam, as Nolan was said to have done in his work place. Witnesses have told police that Nolen was shouting Arabic phrases before Hufford’s death.

Early reports indicated that another employee stopped the assailant by shooting him with a personal firearm. The shooter was later revealed to be the CEO of the company.

As the story developed, it was determined that the CEO was also a volunteer sheriff’s deputy. From that point on, he was identified as a “deputy sheriff”, either as “off duty” or “reserve”. Many sheriffs retain civilians as volunteer deputies to work special events or control traffic. They are mostly unpaid and untrained. Until recently “reserve” status was bestowed on politically-connected citizens in Cook and Lake Counties, so that they could carry weapons before FCCL was passed in Illinois.

The significance is that the news media are loathe to admit that an ordinary citizen, a “good guy with a gun,” can stop a violent attack. He must be something special, like a “deputy” or “ex-military.” The latter category was significant in an event this spring, where a “veteran” shot and stopped a man who opened fire on a group leaving a party after they knocked over a drink which the assailant had placed on their car. For what it’s worth, you can qualify with a pistol in the military firing as few as 10 rounds. Pistols are not considered a primary weapon, and are used as a last resort

Reported on Friday, September 26, by Todd Beamon on, the suspect, Alton Nolen, a 30-year-old Oklahoma man who police said beheaded a woman after he was fired from his job at a food-processing plant, had ties to radical Islam.  Alton Nolen’s Facebook reads like a road map of his affiliation with radical Islam.  On a Facebook page Nolen had pictures of Osama bin Laden and phrases that praised Allah and forecast harm to the United States and Israel.  On a chilling 9/11 Facebook post about the terrorist attack Nolan recorded: “A Future Prophecy Revelation 18:8, She (The statue Of Liberty) is going into flames. She and anybody who’s with her.”

Most telling of Nolan’s ties to Islam: A Sept. 5 postshowing Nolan in Muslim religious clothing standing outside the front gates of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City.  Suhaib Webb, an Imam with ties to former Al Queda mastermind Anwar Awlaki, had previously been the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City attended by Alton Nolen

The discovery of Alton Nolan’s ties to radical jihadism seems to cast the incident beyond the realm of workplace violence. As Chad Sweet, the former chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security, told Fox News told Fox’s Megyn Kelly, “We saw this in the Fort Hood shooting that this administration was afraid to call a spade a spade quickly when the evidence was overwhelming.”  The Obama administration classified the attack of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan as workplace violence when he went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas in November of 2009, killing 13 people and wounding 30 others.

Chad Sweet further indicated, “It certainly seems like he [Nolan] snapped upon being fired, but that doesn’t account for the true motivations leading to the anger and the disposition toward committing such a heinous act.”  Continuing, “In all of the workplace violence episodes we’ve covered, we’ve never seen somebody beheaded. This is the first American beheading on American soil reportedly in the name of jihad.”

Not unexpectedly, an effort is being made by senior leaders of the Oklahoma City mosque Alton Nolan attended to try to paint Nolan as being “quit”, low-key” and “odd” (a possible insanity plea in the making?).  Saad Mohammad, the Islamic society’s director of news and information, informed law enforcement representatives that “Nolen didn’t express violent sentiments nor did he indicate he agreed with the actions of the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria known as ISIS.”  Mohammad accordingly denounced Nolen’s actions, “saying his behavior is not in keeping with Islam”, which Mohammad emphasized, “is a religion of peace.”

It wouldn’t be surprising if the outcome of knife-wielding Alton Nolan and his brutal act, didn’t bring about a law such as was recently passed in Great Britain requiring that kitchen knives be blunted after a rash of stabbing in the U.K.  This harks back to Louis XIV in the 17th Century where guests to the palace used their personal knives as eating utensils. The King ordered them blunted as a precaution against drunken brawls and potential instrument of assassinations.

Anything is possible in this political correct world we live in today.  Restricting  guns and knives with stringent laws is not a deterrent for those who wish to commit crimes, but an affront against law-abiding citizens who only want to protect themselves and their families.


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