Monday, March 13, 2006

"Common Sense" in the Commonwealth

First, they said it was the small, inexpensive "Saturday night special" handgun that was the "weapon of choice" for street criminals and drug dealers. So, they lobbied for "common-sense" gun control laws to supposedly make it harder for criminals to get their hands on them.

Next, it was the big, scary-looking "assault weapons". Hence, the feel-good, do-nothing Assault Weapons Ban was signed into law. Of course, Massachusetts lawmakers, in their infinite wisdom, were convinced that even though the law was allowed to sunset on the federal level, we needed to keep this law alive in the Bay State - FOR THE CHILDRENTM.

As a result, gang shootings, homicides, and violent crime in Boston are now at an all-time low.

Wait, what's that, you say? Shootings are way up? And the homicide rate is at a 10-year high?


Never mind.

But, I digress.

Moving on now, it's being reported today there's a new weapon of choice being wielded by the local scumbag population. Stop me if you've heard this one before.

Police in Salem are on the hunt for a convenience store robber who used a syringe as his weapon. The robbery has gone down as a first, they said.

NewsCenter 5's Shiba Russell reported that police hope surveillance video will lead them to the robber. It is the first robbery in Salem where someone used a syringe as a weapon, but certainly not the first ever.

In fact, police warn that syringes are fast becoming a weapon of choice for criminals.

Flashback - November 16, 2005

Boston Globe:

The Massachusetts House voted yesterday to legalize over-the-counter sale of hypodermic needles to curb the spread of HIV and other blood-borne infections, potentially setting up a political showdown with Governor Mitt Romney over whether the bill will save lives or promote drug use.

mAss Backwards:

Yes, the same legislative body that would have you believe there's no legitimate use for a handgun, even in the hands of the most law-abiding citizens, just voted to legalize the sale of hypodermic needles to known lawbreakers - in an effort to "save lives".

Now, we could debate the legalization of drugs until the proverbial cows come home, but off the top of my head, I can only think of two groups of people that will benefit by passage of this bill: people who use heroin and other illegal intravenous drugs, and people who would be inclined to use a hypodermic needle as a weapon in the commission of a crime.

So, if you're an illegal alien who wants to use a hypodermic needle to rob someone - in between your criminology classes at U. Mass. - you're in luck. And, for your convenience, the state will continue to work diligently to ensure you will have a fresh crop of defenseless victims to choose from.

To recap:

If the Criminal Coddlers Union Local 5 up on Beacon Hill has its way, law-abiding citizens who wish to purchase a machete to clear some brush on their property will first have to apply for a permit with the local police department, register the machete with the authorities, and pay an "appropriate" licensing fee to the Commonwealth for this "privilege".

Meanwhile, crack-addled thugs and scumbags who wish to purchase hypodermic needles for the sole purpose of arming themselves to assist them in carrying out their personal wealth distribution programs will need only to walk into the nearest Walgreen's, pay cash, and walk out. No questions asked. No ID required. No "appropriate" fee rendered unto Caesar.

Welcome to Massachusetts.