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Published: Tuesday, April 23 2013 8:20 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Awaiting Samarai Sword Control any minute now. Alert the libs...

Big R
Danville, CA

Saw this story on Good Morning America. Good story, but what does him being Mormon or a Bishop have to do with it? I'm tired of the media identifying every Mormon. They don't do that with Catholics or Baptists. I get that in this case being a Bishop might go against the trend since he brought a sword, but the story is still a story without the religious mention.

layton, UT

RE: Oatmeal Great story... defies the stereotype of what an LDS Bishop. How many Bishops train in the martial arts?
Good for the Mormon Bishop. But how many Christian clergy train in the martial arts?
The roots of martial arts that are passed down inextricably are linked with Buddhism and is Anti-Christian it may lead to the worship of false gods and different path of enlightenment.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

He could have used the line from Crocodile Dundee.

Salt Lake City, UT

I'm a devoted member of the LDS Church and my study of Buddhism this past year has been extremely rewarding and helpful in overcoming some struggles of mine.

I have found that Buddhism acknowledges a high power (as do I) and emphasizes that most of our answers to our problems lie within our own minds and bodies (as do I). Buddhism's practices of meditation and acceptance have only made me a more enlightened Mormon.

Note: I just pass over the references to reincarnation. Hehehe

Pleasant Grove, UT

I'm disappointed, but not surprised, at the number of comments lamenting the fact that the Bishop didn't have a gun so he could shoot the guy. The fact is, he got a good outcome without a gun, without shooting anyone, and no one was hurt. He also doesn't have to spend the rest of his life dealing with the memories and impact of shooting someone. Just ask any combat veteran or any cop who's had to shoot someone. It changes you and your life forever. Kudos for him doing the right thing.

Salt Lake City, UT

Funny comments, but I take exception to Silent Lurker's suggestion of firing a shot from a shotgun to scare the man. Obviously, Mr. Lurker should not be allowed near firearms. They are not toys, to be discharged to "scare people". They should be used to defend yourself or another from imminent danger to life or limb.

Blasting out some one's window or peppering a car to make a loud noise is foolish and probably would result in adults taking away the weapon. He could hold the attacker at bay, if he had the shotgun, but I doubt shooting him would be justified when he ran.

It is emotional thinking to "blow the dirt-bag away", but reason would suggest the Samurai Bishop did the right thing in thwarting the attack and not slicing the guy into french fries. "Anger is a dish best eaten cold", my dad taught me and I have learned it to be true.


@Eliyahu - I don't see any comments lamenting the fact the Bishop didn't have a gun "so he could shoot the guy." Typical irrational remark by an anti-gun groupie. I'm disappointed, but not surprised, that you think people own guns hoping for the opportunity to shoot people. If you're happy he grabbed his Samurai sword, can I assume you're lamenting the fact that the Bishop didn't hack him to pieces?

The Bishop only used his sword as an intimidating prop, but he would have lost in a battle of sword vs. gun. If the Bishop brought a gun, and the attacker didn't, I think it's safe to assume he wouldn't have shot him, knowing that he didn't swing his sword at the attacker.

The reason this story is newsworthy is not because it teaches we have options other than guns, and I think it's a stretch to suggest that's the message. It's newsworthy because it's very unusual and interesting.

Lehi, UT

Love this story! Too bad no one had a camera to record it.

St Louis, MO

@John Charity Spring: I think you might be too strident by half in expressing your opinion about awful filthy Hollywood. This story had nothing to do with movies, and yet here you are, on a tangent. Why do I get the feeling you hop from story to unrelated story simply to comment/shriek about naughty movies?

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

@ ThornBirds - St.George, Utah - "A sword, baseball bats, rolling pins......
Hey NRA, we knew we were ok without a gun. Thanks, Mr. Hendrix, for proving our point, and sharing it with everyone!"


Right up until the attacker pulls out a gun. Then what?

Tell you what....

YOU take the rolling pin, I'LL take the gun.


USS Enterprise, UT

To "Oatmeal" I knew a bishop on my mission who was a blackbelt, and taught classes in martial arts.

It is probably more common than you think.

To "Strider303" that is precisely what Vice President Biden said to do. He siad that if you are in trouble you should go to your back porch and fire 1 or 2 rounds from a shotgun.

Just an Observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Just thinking "out loud" for a minute. If the attacker had a gun, I'm guessing he already would have used it, or threatened to use it, in which case others (including the bishop) would be staying far away and waiting for police to respond. If the person coming to the victim's defense had a gun, he may have been tempted to use it--as someone suggested--to scare the attacker away or, worse, to shoot at the attacker. Neither seems like a very good choice. I am neither strongly for nor strongly against guns--it just seems there is more that can go wrong when the average person has the ability to kill from a distance than is possible when the ability to kill is available only in close contact.

Burley, ID

It's interesting that the ad that popped up at the top of this page was one advertising "Genuine Japanese Sword Dealer Ships Worldwide."

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Too bad the woman didn't have a gun. All of this could have ended at the carport.

But, the democrats voice biden claims you just need to urinate.

Bountiful, UT

The shepherd defending his flock from wolves! gun, sword, bat, people forgets the high power a righteous bishop has when protecting his flock from harm either spiritual or physical. That defense was so powerful that the attacker brought himself to the police. How cool is that?

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

But I thought that the only thing that stopped a bad guy with a gun was a good guy with a gun. Does that mean that the NRA says things that are not true?

Ivins, UT

Cool. Wield that sword of justice Bishop. We need more like you. Red the streets of that scum.
You were the first line of defense for that poor woman. Where were the police?

Ivins, UT


OK without a gun. Read the posts for the facts. What if the intrider had pulled a gun?

MiddleofNowhere, Utah

Mid West Mom,
The other guy didn't have a gun. Did you read the story?

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