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Knife Rights Promises a Sharper Future - Release January 10, 2007 PDF Print E-mail

For Immediate Release
January 10, 2007
Orlando, Florida

Knife Rights Promises a Sharper Future

Orlando, Florida, Jan. 10, 2007 - In Europe and Australia, regulations regarding knives, including their size, style and ownership by individual citizens have made many commonly carried pocket knives illegal.

Knife Rights, a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to defending Americans' right to own, carry and use knives has been created to oppose similar attacks on individual rights by left wing activists.

Announcing the new organization at SHOT Show 2007, Doug Ritter, founder and Chairman of Knife Rights, said, "we must organize now and be ready when the only solution is to flood the politicos' offices with mail. If we wait, it will be too late."

"The anti-gun lobby is already well organized," says Ritter, "They sent up a trial balloon last summer in the Wall Street Journal. The piece was inflammatory, inaccurate and misleading. It looked exactly like their campaign to demonize the term 'Assault Rifle". Just substitute the term 'tactical knife'".

The knife in the article, Ritter adds, was Buck Knives' diminutive Metro. "That knife," says blade expert Ritter, "is essentially a bottle and soda can opener with a tiny 1 1/8 inch blade. Not exactly what I'd call horribly dangerous despite its being 'virtually unregulated.'"

"Knives are tools that have been essential to civilized society for practical and lawful purposes for millennia. Knives and other edged tools are a cornerstone of civilization and remain useful tools to millions of citizens, even in the modern world. Our right to own, use and carry these tools should not be abridged; these are essential tools and essential rights."

Knife Rights is a non-profit advocacy member organization. Annual membership is $28. Go to www.KnifeRights.org to join or dial toll-free: 866-889-6268.

 
Blade Magazine Editorial by Steve Shackleford PDF Print E-mail

Blade Magazine Editor Steve Shackleford wrote an excellent editorial, "They Are Coming After Us," in the November issue. His conclusion is most apropos to our effort to organize; "In his efforts to bring down an industry, it may just be that he (Mike Fritz, author of the WSJ article) stumbled on a way to unite it." All I can say is "amen to that."

You can read his entire editorial at www.KnifeRights.org/unsheathed_november.pdf

To subscribe to Blade: www.blade.com or toll-free: 877-485-6426

 
Original Press Release for USKTA Trial Baloon PDF Print E-mail

For Immediate Release
August 1, 2006
Gilbert, Arizona

Knife Owners Advocacy Group Formed

Knives are man's oldest tool. A diverse group of concerned knife and tool owners has formed the United States Knife & Tool Association (www.USKTA.org) to oppose efforts to restrict knife ownership and carry. Recent events have escalated concerns about efforts to implement irrational and needless restrictions on civilization's most fundamental tool.

The July 25, 2006, Wall Street Journal article titled, "How New, Deadly Pocketknives Became a $1 Billion Business," has served as a wake up call to knife and tool owners everywhere who see in this a desire by a vocal and well-financed minority to quite literally take away our knives. Portraying well-designed knives and tools that incorporate safety features such as locking blades, ergonomic and non-slip handles and one-hand opening as "deadly" is deliberately disingenuous.

Regardless of the errors and obvious bias in this article, it appeared in one of the most respected and widely read newspapers in the nation. This venue lends it credibility that certainly will result in other media outlets copying the tone-implying the need for restrictions on ownership of pocket knives and related tools.

Virtually every threatened sport or product in this country has an advocacy group that represents the industry and also a separate and independent advocacy group that serves the end users. For firearms, the NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation) represents industry and the NRA represents individual gun owners. In general aviation, GAMA (General Aviation Manufacturers Association) represents the industry and AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) represents the owners and pilots. In recreational boating, NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) represents the industry and BoatUS represents boat owners and operators.

Even though there is some overlap both in membership and financial support, these groups are complementary, not competitive. The two organizations work closely to be more successful than either alone could ever hope to be. The difference between an industry group and an end user group is a very critical distinction to politicians and bureaucrats. The end users more pointedly represent voters to elected officials who often respond only to whatever may aid them in the polls.

The knife industry has an organization that represents its interests, the American Knife and Tool Institute. Knife owners deserve an organization dedicated to serving them, to not only provide for advocacy against unreasonable restrictions on their enjoyment and use of knives, but which also can provide the services and advantages that other owner groups provide their members.

The United States Knife & Tool Association (USKTA) will serve knife and tool owners as their advocate against restrictions on knife and tool ownership and carry.

A web site has been established to solicit support for USKTA and where interested individuals can sign up to receive more information: www.USKTA.org

The site includes additional information on USKTA and a link to the text of the WSJ article, as well as a Frequently Asked Questions page addressing the most common issues that have been raised. www.USKTA.org/faq.htm

For additional information or for an interview contact:

Doug Ritter
Email Doug Ritter
(phone numebr deleted)

 
Doug Ritter on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk PDF Print E-mail

On Sunday, July 30, 2006, Doug Ritter and Les de Asis, President of Benchmade Knife Company, were guests on Tom Gresham's nationally syndicated Gun Talk Radio Show, discussing the inflammatory anti-knife Wall Street Journal article, "How New, Deadly Pocketknives Became a $1 Billion Business." You can listen to the archives of that show:

Hour One - Guests Les de Asis - Benchmade Knife Co. (www.benchmade.com) and Doug Ritter - United States Knife and Tool Association

http://www.programarchive.com/guntalk/july_2006/060730guntalkA.mp3

Hour Two - Guest Doug Ritter - United States Knife and Tool Association

http://www.programarchive.com/guntalk/july_2006/060730guntalkB.mp3

Hour Three - Bob Morrison - Taurus Firearms (www.taurususa.com) and Open Lines (Bob also addressed the issue of Knife Control during his conversation with Tom and other callers also called about the topic.)

http://www.programarchive.com/guntalk/july_2006/060730guntalkC.mp3
 
 
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