Concealed carrier saves stabbing victim

posted at 8:41 am on July 21, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

After there was just been so darned much bad news to cover over the weekend, it might be nice to brighten up Monday with a more inspiring tale. This story comes to us from Florida, where a concealed carry permit holder found himself on the scene of a sudden, brutal crime. Rather than turning a blind eye, he decided to get the situation under control. (From our friends at Bearing Arms.)

A Florida concealed carrier witnessed a man stabbing another near a bus stop in Orange County Florida and lept from his car to take the attacker down. Concealed carrier Jeffery Hopkins pulled his pistol and forced the attacker, Thomas Thorpe to the ground, where he held him until police arrived.

When deputies arrived at the scene, a knife was on the ground next to the bench and they found another knife in the suspect’s pocket.

“As I was getting out, I noticed the guy had a knife in his hand so I went for my gun and took him down,” Hopkins said. “He looked at me very scared. Then realized I was serious and dropped the knife and laid down immediately.”

Turns out that it was a good thing somebody got this lunatic under control. His behavior in the courtroom later indicated that he had more than a few issues to deal with.

Thomas Thorpe, 51, appeared before a judge and refused to have a lawyer represent him.

“Do you understand what an attorney is and what they do?” asked the judge.

“Yes, they screwed us,” Thorpe responded.

Thorpe seemed in a hurry as the short hearing progressed, telling the judge he wanted to enter a plea without the assistance of the African-American attorney standing next to him.

“I said not guilty — I pleaded not guilty and I don’t want this negro standing next to me,” Thorpe told the judge. “I don’t want a negro standing next to me.”

As with most of these cases which turn up, there isn’t much more to say except for, Well Done, Mr. Hopkins. There’s hope for the nation not going entirely The Purge on a 365 basis yet. The video of the perp in question follows, just in case you had any doubts about the need for somebody to draw down on this guy.


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Excellent job!!

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Well done sir!

gophergirl on July 21, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Wow, good job…

OmahaConservative on July 21, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Heh. Guy brings a gun to a knife fight. Guy wins.

HiJack on July 21, 2014 at 8:57 AM

funny how they go through the entire news report without reporting how the man was caught.

bloghooligan on July 21, 2014 at 8:58 AM

+1
Ditto on the above posts

cmsinaz on July 21, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Shit…if only this punk had resisted just a little..could’ve had a real happy ending.

msupertas on July 21, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Turns out that it was a good thing somebody got this lunatic under control. His behavior in the courtroom later indicated that he had more than a few issues to deal with.

Um, no. He’s quite cognizant of what a pistol is and what it can do. He’s merely an @sshole.

rbj on July 21, 2014 at 9:13 AM

“Its my understanding that the perp had only a skeet knife, which is non-lethal.

The victim did not die, so this was not a life-or-death situation.

A gun could have escalated the violence if the permit holder had started shooting wildly into the crowd, so you see why guns are much worse than knives, and should be taken away from people starting immediately.”

/nompartisan, grasping wildly.

Dolce Far Niente on July 21, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Concealed carry does not give you the right to protect other people.

/s

BobMbx on July 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

“Fire the knife into the air!” – Joe Biden

TarasBulbous on July 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

“Fire the knife into the air!” – Joe Biden

TarasBulbous on July 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Can’t we just fire Joe Biden in to the air instead?

oscarwilde on July 21, 2014 at 9:42 AM

“Fire the knife into the air!” – Joe Biden

TarasBulbous on July 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Can’t we just fire Joe Biden in to the air instead?

oscarwilde on July 21, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Hmmm, come to think of it, if we did fire Joe Biden off into the air, would that constitute as an unprovoked first use of a Weapon of Mass Stupidity? Are there any international treaties banned there use?

oscarwilde on July 21, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Sadly, it seems the guy is going for (perhaps legitimately) the “I’m whack” defense. And it will probably work. He’ll do some time, maybe, but he’ll get “treatment” and be back on the street soon, looking for another guy to cut up. I find myself wishing the next time he doesn’t listen to the man packing heat and said man relieves him of his mental burden permanently.

GWB on July 21, 2014 at 9:45 AM

TarasBulbous on July 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Technically speaking, you can do that.

Ballistic knife

But on the whole, an actual firearm will always be superior as long as you actually aim it at the target.

cheers

eon

eon on July 21, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Has Hopkins been arrested yet? That will be next.

Viator on July 21, 2014 at 9:46 AM

“Well clearly we need more aggressive knife control in our society. We’ll all transition to eating bowls of gruel so that there will be no more need for knives and then finally we can all be safe.”

–liberal rationale

SoRight on July 21, 2014 at 9:48 AM

funny how they go through the entire news report without reporting how the man was caught.

bloghooligan on July 21, 2014 at 8:58 AM

the second line in the source story

RELATED: Suspect held at gunpoint by good Samaritans

but they really didn’t say much about the guy there

dmacleo on July 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

dmacleo on July 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

i was referring to the live report.

bloghooligan on July 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

i was referring to the live report.

bloghooligan on July 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

ah, got all that stuff blocked here so didn’t see that. sorry.

dmacleo on July 21, 2014 at 10:36 AM

i was referring to the live report.

bloghooligan on July 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

IMHO – the average 2nd grader could do a better job of reporting than most “professional” journalists these days….
I don’t think they teach actually covering the story, grammar, spelling, and sentence structure any more in jurnalyzm skoo.

dentarthurdent on July 21, 2014 at 11:14 AM

I live in California, where the hero would have been arrested and thrown in jail, if the cops didn’t shoot him first.

I gotta get out of this state.

Socratease on July 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

“Well clearly we need more aggressive knife control in our society. We’ll all transition to eating bowls of gruel so that there will be no more need for knives and then finally we can all be safe.”

–liberal rationale

SoRight on July 21, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Yes, well our friends in jolly old England are already on that path.

But here’s the problem… If you check with cops in some large metro areas, you’ll find that one of the the most commonly confiscated “weapons” is a sharpened flat blade screwdriver. So those will have to be banned also.

climbnjump on July 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

They might want to put this guy by himself; he’s not going to be super-popular in prison.

cynccook on July 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM

funny how they go through the entire news report without reporting how the man was caught.

bloghooligan on July 21, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Because his name was not George Zimmerman?
Good thing the nut case was white. They can focus on him now.

IrishEyes on July 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

I am very happy that you hold no power to make any decision about what happens on the border. FYI crazy talk like this is why some people think the tea party is racist and republicans can’t be trusted with power. Shooting is always the answer to every problem.

rogerb on July 21, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Heh. Guy brings a gun to a knife fight. Guy wins.

HiJack on July 21, 2014 at 8:57 AM

…which one was the Republican?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 21, 2014 at 1:17 PM

“Sources indicate that the assailant once voted Republican, and attended a tea party. At age seven.
“Debbie Wasserman Schultz pointed to this as ‘yet another example of right wing, Tea Party-inspired violence.”

—MSNBC. If they could get away with it.

orangemtl on July 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM

I live in California, where the hero would have been arrested and thrown in jail, if the cops didn’t shoot him first.

I gotta get out of this state.

I-8, I-10, and I-40 lead straight into Arizona. And you’ll not be arrested here for subduing an assailant. Indeed, we’ve fewer home invasions here than most places, and among the highest number of Concealed Carry licensees anywhere.

It’s a short drive. You’ll like it.
Put that overpriced, sitting-on-a-major-fault house on the market and run.

orangemtl on July 21, 2014 at 2:41 PM