Thursday, July 13, 2006


...on the streets of Roxbury, the very heart of Boston's wildly "successful" gun buyback program.

A teenage male from the Boston area was transported to the Boston Medical Center tonight after he was shot in the area of 194 Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury at about 6:16pm this evening. He was treated for his injuries and later pronounced.

6:16 at night? On Humboldt Ave.?

Why, that's more than enough time for the shooter to walk the half-mile over to Project RIGHT on Blue Hill Ave., get there by 7:00 PM, and forever disassociate himself from that murder weapon - no questions asked - in exchange for a new iPod.

And, in the South End...

This evening at about 5:28pm, officers from District 4 responded to a radio call for a person stabbed at Tremont Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Boston'’s South End.

Probably serves the guy right for venturing out so late at...oh, wait, never mind.

When the officers arrived, they spoke with a witness who stated that he and the victim were crossing the street at Massachusetts Avenue and Washington Street when they were almost struck by a motor vehicle.

This is anything but surprising. I drive through that intersection every day (usually around 5:28 PM), and I always feel like I'm one the cars in Frogger. What would surprise me would be if there was ever a 24-hour span in which no one was "almost struck by a motor vehicle" there.

The victim and the driver of the vehicle exchanged words and the operator fled the scene in the vehicle. When the victim and witness reached the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Tremont Street the vehicle returned, stopped and five males exited the car and began to punch, kick, and stab the victim.

Violent crime without guns? How can that be? Deputy Superintendent Darrin Greeley of the Boston Police Department tells us that it's "the guns that are on the street causing the violence and maiming and hurting and killing people."

Boston Mayor Tom Menino, in a press release today, expressed his outrage over this latest "isolated incident" and announced the city will be starting up a body appendage buyback program next week to help reduce the amount of hand and foot violence in the city.

He will then, of course, be meeting with mayors from across New England to discuss their states' and cities' lax cutlery licensing laws.

UPDATE: It's not just Boston. Body appendage violence is taking its toll in the gun control Utopia of Chicago, as well.

A 15-year-old southwest suburban boy and his friends are wondering what could have made a group of teens beat him, then take his prosthetic leg and use it as a weapon on a friend who came to his rescue.