When guns are outlawed....only outlaws will be...gardeners???


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onerifle
August 16, 2004, 04:32 PM
"Weapon of choice." "Ban..."

They just don't get it........

:banghead: :barf:

Police See Surge In Gang Attacks Using Machetes

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BOSTON -- Police say they are seeing a surge in the number of gang-related attacks involving machetes, the huge knives that are a ubiquitous tool in rural Latin America, with blades as thick as an axe and nearly as long as a sword.

The troubling trend has led some departments to crack down on machetes, and not just in urban areas. Some suburban communities have also enacted new laws to ban the knives.

Last month, during a sweep of gang members in Boston, Lynn, Revere, Chelsea, Everett and Somerville, police seized not just machetes, but more exotic weapons, including Chinese throwing stars and a Japanese metal chain whip.

But machetes, which can be easily obtained at garden stores or over the Internet, are by far the most popular of the alternative weapons.

The surge in machete attacks has gained less attention than recent gun-related homicides in Boston parks, despite a spate of attacks that have left at least four Massachusetts men hospitalized this spring and summer from machete wounds.

"It seems to be that machetes are the weapon of choice," Detective Brian Kyes, a spokesman for the Chelsea Police, told The Boston Globe. "In the past couple of years, we've confiscated at least 50 machetes that have been used in crimes in the city."

Some Hispanic community leaders say the use of machetes in crime has tarnished the image of a useful tool used to cut sugarcane or clear underbrush.

"For people in El Salvador, the machete is not looked at as a weapon," said Luis Morales, who grew up in El Salvador. He is now the pastor at the Vida Real Evangelical Center in Somerville.

Members of Boston's Hispanic community often hang machetes on living room walls as a reminder of home or gardening.

Some say they are dismayed that the machete is increasing being seen a weapon.

"What about baseball bats? They are also used in gang-related attacks. Even a shoe can be considered a weapon if someone uses it to hit someone else," Morales said. (AP)

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Selfdfenz
August 16, 2004, 04:36 PM
Dang

Beat me to it.

What a bunch of numb-skulls. Go after the tools...never the dudes that use'em.

S-

pinblaster
August 16, 2004, 05:20 PM
Five (or was it six ) people were beaten to death with baseball bats last week in Florida . Maybe we should regulate the sale of baseball bats . People don't really need baseball bats , maybe we should stop making bats altogether and do away with baseball too . Once guns , knives , garden tools , baseball bats , golf clubs , pencils and anything else that can be used as a deadly weapon are no longer available we can live in a safe and cozy utopia . Right ? :D

Norton
August 16, 2004, 05:50 PM
It's interesting to see the reference to El Salvador. Recently there was a machete attack in Northern Virginia in which a young man had most of his two hands chopped off. The culprits were members of MS-13 a Salvadoran street gang.....

R.H. Lee
August 16, 2004, 06:11 PM
Last month, during a sweep of gang members in Boston, Lynn, Revere, Chelsea, Everett and Somerville, police seized not just machetes, but more exotic weapons, including Chinese throwing stars and a Japanese metal chain whip.


HAHAHAHA! I just love the "sweep/swat/jbt mentality. Why don't the beat cops just pick up gangbangers when and where they find 'em? Oh, yeah, it takes all the fun outta putting on the flakjackets, riding in the SWAT van and busting down the door and making a "dynamic entry" with M-16's. What a bunch of maroons.

whm1974
August 16, 2004, 07:02 PM
"For people in El Salvador, the machete is not looked at as a weapon," said Luis Morales, who grew up in El Salvador. He is now the pastor at the Vida Real Evangelical Center in Somerville.

Yeah right. The machete has always been used as a weapon as well as a useful tool. What is next, banning crowbars and baseball bats?

-Bill

armoredman
August 16, 2004, 07:13 PM
These fools will not be happy until the entire world is made of Nerf.

VaniB.
August 16, 2004, 10:58 PM
I had a whole different interpretation for this thread when I first read the title. Something like:

"When guns are outlawed, only gardens will have guns."

(You know like when you have to bury stuff if you don't want it confiscated? :D )

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