Monday, June 26, 2006

I Guess It All Depends...

...on your definition of "working".

Boston Mayor Tom Menino:

The gun buyback program is working[.]

The firearms we'’re receiving are exactly the type of guns we'’re looking for: working firearms with the potential to do serious harm.

Like my Jeep, which has "the potential" to go 110 miles an hour straight into a crowd of pedestrians? Or my Sawzall, which has "the potential" to dismember the next stranger to ring my doorbell? Or a pointy stick, which...

But, I digress.

From the same Boston Herald story:

"We want to get the firearms off our street that are causing the violence, and as you can see on the table in front of me, we are getting those guns," said Deputy Superintendent Darren Greeley.

Gee, what's wrong with that sentence? More to the point, what's wrong with these people? Do I even have to ask? Needless to say, no bonus points will be awarded for getting those right. I guess they think that if they repeat it often enough, it will eventually become reality.

"Guns kill. Guns kill. Guns kill." (repeat as needed)

A gleaming stainless steel Beretta 9 mm sat next to a rusted, taped up .25-caliber "Saturday Night Special." There was even a Civil War replica black-powder revolver that was still capable of sending a lead ball charging through advancing cavalry or an enemy on the street.

Much in the same way that scalpels and forceps are capable of performing open-heart surgery, I suppose. Did this person go to journalism school to learn how to write like this?

And, I had no idea so many drug dealers and gangbangers in town were into black powder pistol shooting. I mean, it's not exactly the most efficient weapon for "hosing down" your competition in "fusillades of bullets".

Meanwhile, on the reality-laden streets of Boston this weekend...

Police Investigate Deadly Dorchester Shooting

A shooting in Dorchester Saturday night has turned into a death investigation.

According to police, the victim, who is being described as a black male, was shot several times at Levant and Tebroc Streets.

Two People Shot In Boston's South End

Police say a 12-year-old boy was one of the two people shot in front of a Store 24 in the South End.

The shooting occurred around midnight at the corner of Washington Street and Mass. Ave. Police say the second shooting victim is a 24-year-old man.

I hope the police are able to apprehend and punish the objects used to commit these acts of violence. Because, they don't seem that interested in (read: capable of) doing the same for the violence-prone individuals involved.

And, by the way, the gun buyback program has a blog.

Comments are moderated (duh!), so good luck with that.

UPDATE: Another shooting on the streets of Boston's South End this weekend - this time with a unique twist - the police have arrested the shooter!

Two teens under arrest in South End shooting

Two 15-year-old boys are under arrest this morning, charged in connection with the killing of a 19-year-old man in the South End late last night, authorities said.

Bad gun!

The shooting occurred shortly before midnight at the corner of Shawmut Avenue and Dwight Street. It was unclear how many times the victim was shot. Investigators would not comment on a motive.

A spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney's office said Eloy Sierra is charged with murder and illegal possession of a firearm and is to be arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court.

Presumably, the police now have the firearm responsible for this crime in custody - case closed. So why bother charging this poor, misunderstood youth with any crime here? Everyone knows it was the gun who orchestrated and carried out this act of violence. [/moron]