AZ Central on Decapitation Killer: What If He’d Had A Gun?

Mr. Wakefield (courtesy

It seems that there aren’t enough firearms-related homicides for anti-gunners intent on waving the bloody shirt for gun control. So they’re now asking the public to degrade and destroy Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms in the name of potential firearms-related homicides. “Imagine how much worse the death toll could have been if the mentally ill man accused in Phoenix of decapitating his wife and pets, had chosen a gun instead of a knife,” EJ Montini of instructs. “In Arizona, that would have been easy for him to do.” It’s hard to believe, but it gets even more fabulous than that . . .

There was a big gun show at the Arizona Fairgrounds in July. Wakefield could have attended. Gun shows like that tend to feature federally-licensed gun dealers and hobbyists selling from their personal collection, the type of people who aren’t required to run background checks on buyers. Outside of gun shows there also are plenty of opportunities for individuals seeking to purchase firearms without any checks.

That needs to stop.

There simply are too many Kenneth Wakefields out there in the world.

An excellent reason to be armed, I’d say. But not Montini. He reckons that background checks would stop wackos like Wakefield from  realizing his homicidal aspirations. Setting aside the fact that he did so anyway, with a knife. And the equally indisputable fact that he could have killed his wife with a brick, a hammer, a baseball bat, his bare hands, a can of gasoline, etc.

Given the grisly details described by Phoenix police at the murder scene where Wakefield’s wife and dogs were found, and where Wakefield was found with his awful self-inflicted injuries, it might be difficult for you to imagine anything worse.

It doesn’t take any imagination, however.

The fact is it could have been a lot worse.

I’m no sure how, exactly. Wakefield’s wife and dogs would have been equally dead if he’d shot them to death with a gun. Hell, they might even have survived. Does Montini believe that Wakefield would have shot them to death and thought “Hey, this is easy! Why stop now?” Either before of after he gouged out one of his eyeballs.

We’ve seen this argument before, relating to Chinese knife attacks. Think how much worse it would have been if the Chinese government didn’t eliminate their citizens’ gun rights (along with all other rights)! Of course, one could also say “think how much better it would have been if the 9/11 attackers hadn’t used airplanes.” Or “think how much worse it would be if Americans didn’t have gun rights and the government could commit genocide on its people as it did to native Americans.”

Too much thinking for some, I guess.


  1. avatar Shire-man says:

    Seems one is more likely to survive a gun shot than the removal of ones head but then I’m not a doctor.

  2. avatar Gurney Halleck says:

    If he had a gun he would have shot his eye out

    1. avatar Alan Longnecker says:

      Thumb ^

    2. avatar Ing says:


      Or he would have successfully offed himself. That would have been a small bonus, at least.

      1. avatar Uhhmerica says:

        “Or he would have successfully offed himself.”

        Excellent point. I don’t know his wound locations but he could have unfortunately been unsuccessful at killing himself with a blade because he couldn’t take the pain.

    3. avatar Mister Fleas says:

      Ha ha! Good one. 😀

  3. avatar jans says:

    Good use of “fabulous.”

  4. avatar actionphysicalman says:

    He had more dogs, wives, and selves he could have cut up if he had a gun?

  5. avatar Bob109 says:

    Are you kidding me! AZ Central probably claims that this is journalism. Who in their right mind would make such a stupid claim? Progressives, it seems.

    1. avatar 277Volt says:

      Montini and most of the Republic staff are every bit as whiney-assed liberal as you’d expect from a Gannet-owned rag. The resident cartoonist, Benson, is as classless and vile as it gets when it comes to guns.

      1. avatar neiowa says:

        Gannet-owned ragc

        You certainly got that right.

      2. avatar NYC2AZ says:

        I was trying to figure out (by the title) if it was Montini or Benson. I guessed right. I figured it would’ve had a cartoon attached if it was Benson. I used to post on AZ Central all the time before they went to an online subscription-based model. Sometimes I think they did that just because their articles got ripped apart in the comments so much.

  6. avatar BDub says:

    The way I see it, if he had tried decapitating his wife and pets with a firearm, he probably could have been stopped sooner. Imagine all the noise! Moar firearms!

    1. avatar blahpony says:

      Plus, blade sights aren’t really blades.

      1. avatar BDub says:

        Good point, Sir.

  7. avatar ThomasR says:

    Being murdered by a gun is so much worse, especially by a 1911 .45 ACP.

    It dosen’t just kill you, it also steals your soul.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      And those of three generations of your heirs. Four if you use hollow points.

  8. avatar DetroitMan says:

    If he had a gun, he wouldn’t be the “decapitation killer.” Unless he had a .50 BMG and was a good shot, but I digress. Next stupid question?

    I’m always amazed at how the Progressives can take any issue and make it more idiotic.

    A better question is, “What if one of his victims had a gun.” Then he would have brought a knife to a gunfight.

  9. avatar Mk10108 says:

    They’re not progressives, they’re idiots.

    1. avatar JR_in_NC says:

      Is there a difference? Really?

      The proggies seem to be hell bent on trying to out-idiot each other these days. It’s becoming a spectator sport.

  10. avatar George says:

    If you can’t make it an anti-gun screed (because it didn’t involve guns – usually a necessary component), then make it an anti-gun screed because it COULD have involved guns.

    What if he had used a BOMB????

    Sad. If there isn’t an argument, then make one up……and lie.

  11. avatar Bob says:

    Imagine how not bad it would have been if we had a real mental health system.

    The idea of UBC’s would be moot if you would just keep the people on that fancy list off the streets.

    1. avatar Tater says:

      This I think if you aren’t safe enough to have a gun I sure as hell don’t want you to rent a bulldozer without a background check. Let’s just keep all of them locked up or put in the ground.

  12. avatar Colt Magnum says:

    We’re lucky he didn’t build and launch a rocket with a satellite attached. Like Paul Revere’s ride, he’s a little light in the belfry. The whole thing could have fallen from the sky and crushed a school bus loaded with children.

  13. avatar Shwiggie says:

    Another gun show “loophole” argument. Yawn. How dare anyone sell personal property without permission from Big Brother! This is also another sterling example of the Archie Bunker defenestration alternative.

    1. avatar ThomasR says:

      Hmm, the law of gravity applying to a liberal/progressive? Not in their own mind; they already deny human nature, history, fact and experience.

      But like any denial of reality, it only lasts as long until the sudden stop at the end.

  14. avatar Corodon says:

    The fact is it could have been a lot worse. Knife-wielding maniacs lopping of people’s heads is all fun and games, but if he had used a gun, this situation might have turned out tragically. Isn’t it worth giving up a mere 10% of the Bill of Rights if just one person (or dog) can enjoy being a headless corpse instead of a victim of gun violence?

  15. avatar C.Rogers says:

    Always remember;
    Anyone shot with a firearm, especially if its black, with a high capacity bullet clip fully loaded with automatic bullets and a tactical thingy that goes up and a trigger that fires a bullet EVERY TIME YOU PULL IT is way more deader than someone who has their head cut off.

  16. avatar barnbwt says:

    Think how much worse if he’d used a nuke! Ban ’em! You can’t hug your children with nuclear arms. Fluffy bunnies, narf!

  17. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

    Did anyone catch the implicit inclusion of federally licensed gun dealers in the types of people not required to run background checks?

    1. avatar MeRp says:

      Yeah, it was pretty masterful. They can claim (later to any critics) that they were only referring to the individuals with the don’t need a background check, but they worded it so that it sounded like FFLs at gun shows ALSO don’t need background checks.

  18. avatar Ralph says:

    And what if E.J. Montini could write? Or think? Or take a leak without an illustrated instruction booklet? There’d be blood in the streets I tell ya! Blood in the streets! Or something.

  19. avatar GenghisQuan says:

    The simple counter isn’t knives but bombs. Without guns, he would kill just as many if not more with bomb(s).

  20. avatar gsnyder says:

    Um, he chose not to have one because the job necessitated a knife? Maybe a gun is poor at chopping off heads? I’d say the decapitation would not have occurred if he’d had a gun and given there is a chance to live after being shot, and guns make noise which attacks attention to help someone, maybe fewer life would be lost. What a dumb premise for author to even speculate. Zero wisdom.

  21. avatar Gunr says:

    My wife went “Ape” over this guy, wants to know what kind of hair tonic he uses, so she can get me some, tells me I should get my “act” together!

  22. avatar Joe R. says:

    Imagine all the peace and quiet gun owners would have if we didn’t have any whiney gun-grabbers around to b_tch about it all.

  23. avatar Stinkeye says:

    This isn’t the stupidest thing I’ve ever read, but it’s definitely in the top five.

  24. avatar Paul53 says:

    IMHO, violent crime has 4 causes; anger, desperation, mental health, and opportunity. Each needs a different intervention to stop the violence, short of just cutting everybody’s hands off! Without hands guns, knives, bricks, chain saws, cars, poison, my home cooking are neutralized. Not a practical approach, but probably the most direct and effective. Since that’s not possible, the anti’s must resort to the “chicken little” approach!

  25. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    People like this guy must be why they don’t want you to have evil bayonet lugs! I mean, imagine the swing he could have had on the knife if it had a rifle on the end of it.

    I’d laugh to find out this guy was rejected on a 4473 trying to buy. Then again with Fast and Furious and the completeness of the background check database due to PDs not doing their part (Dylann Roof) he probably would have been approved.

    As gun owners we should actually start gathering statistics for the number of shootings that make the national news and see if those rates have risen at all. We can “scientifically” correlate it to an increase in reporting that glamorizes such crime.

  26. avatar GayGunOwner says:

    ‘sob sister’ writer – checkout his other columns. Seems like the epitome of the “Ain’t It Awful” behavior described in Games People Play

    Montini has an opportunity to explore systemic failures that might have prevented the deaths. Example: campus police failed to act on warning from James Holmes’s psychiatrist two months before shooting: why didn’t campus police act?

    Instead, Montini chooses hypothetical fiction.

  27. avatar Blind Man says:

    What if he had a gun AND a confederate flag!

    I say we ban both just to be sure.

  28. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    Cheap and easy car bombs and Molotov cocktails have been employed by disarmed people for generations to great effect, as have about a thousand other lethal tools that don’t involve firearms.

    You’re not going to stop evil and crazy people from doing evil and crazy things by passing a law or twenty thousand. All you’re going to do is render the future victims disarmed and unable to defend themselves against the evil and crazy people.

    A public policy that emboldens offenders and exposes victims strikes me as evil and crazy in itself.

  29. avatar C.Rogers says:

    Blown up people and those who are household itemed (itemized?) to death are still way less deaderer…,,est….ish.
    Of course.

  30. avatar Peter says:

    Thank God he didn’t live in a state with lax gun laws, like Arizona.

  31. avatar CoolBreeze says:

    Oo….oo…the “What if ” game!!! Can I play??? What if he weren’t crazee!? Then he woont hab dun it!!! I win. I win! ?

  32. avatar CoolBreeze says:

    Is he winking at us? Cuz it shore looks like it.

  33. avatar Cockatoo4169 says:

    Let me see if I’ve got this straight:
    Instead of mutilating himself and murdering and beheading his wife and their dogs… this man might have shot them… but didn’t… because he might have gotten a gun… but didn’t… but if he had, this would have been… worse?
    I’ve got one for you:
    Imagine if someone this deranged, this delusional, this fixated upon the unfathomable, tortuous horrors of his own imagination… could have written a column in azcentral!
    Now THAT’S scary.

  34. avatar BigDinVT says:

    The Amazing Montini misses one important point – the man is mentally ill. It’s a good chance he chose a bladed weapon because THAT’S the weapon he WANTED to use. If that’s the case, then even if he had one available, he still wouldn’t have used a gun.

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