Friday, December 28, 2012

Oh, We'll Pile One More On...

Saw this one too, figured that it made the perfect bookend to my earlier post.

Man pushed to his death in front of NYC subway train
NEW YORK (AP) - December 27, 2012 (WPVI) -- A mumbling woman pushed a man to his death in front of a subway train on Thursday night, the second time this month someone has been killed in such nightmarish fashion, police said.
The man, who wasn't immediately identified, was standing on the elevated platform of a 7 train in Queens at about 8 p.m. when he was shoved by the woman, who witnesses said had been following him closely and mumbling to herself, New York Police Department chief spokesman Paul Browne said. It didn't appear the man noticed her before he was shoved onto the tracks, police said.
Gee. In a state known for very tough control laws, someone was viciously assaulted in an unprovoked manner by someone they didn't know. In this case, the person died from the assault. Now, in a sick and twisted fashion, I guess this proves that gun control works - in neither case was a firearm used, right? We had fire used as a weapon in the last post; in this post we have public transportation used. Imagine that - two things that are both readily available and essentially ubiquitous, and yet used as murder weapons.

The point of all this, of course, is to illustrate - yet again - that the tool used is irrelevant. Deranged and/or evil people will find a way to hurt others regardless of what limits are placed on certain tools. As we're currently seeing now in "Great" Britain - where they are seriously considering banning kitchen knives - when one tool is outlawed, many more tools then become used as weapons. It then becomes the death of a thousand cuts - rather than address the *real* issue, meaning why people feel that they can attack others with impunity, they go after the next tool. And then the next. Lather, rinse, repeat.

When you hear the words "gun control", you should focus on the "control" part, not the "gun" part. They have no interest in saving lives by restricting access to firearms - because they know that the restrictions they impose will only affect good, law-abiding people. Criminals don't care if gun X is banned - because 99 times out of 100, they are already prohibited from owning firearms. Notice that the goblin who ambushed the firefighters in New York hasn't got a lot of attention - because he was a convicted killer let out of jail too early who illegally acquired an "assault weapon" despite them being heavily regulated in NY *AND* being a prohibited person.

Think about that. With all the gun control in place in New York - NY ranks fourth on the Brady Campaign's list - a prohibited person got his hands on an "assault weapon". These evil people expect us to believe that passing just one more law will stop evil/bad/crazy people from obtaining firearms, when in the state with the fourth-best gun control laws, they couldn't stop a convicted (of murder) felon from getting a high-capacity assault bullet hose. Never mind the easy availability of assault trains and buses!

Just remember the refrain: Gun control is what you do instead of something...

That is all.


Anonymous said...

Ban Subway Cars!


Angus McThag said...

Sadly it's also an example of where carrying a gun does you no damn good against your killer.

Except perhaps he was condition white?

Ed said...

Condition White? No, he was Condition Clueless. He was not aware that he was unaware or that the should have been aware of his surrounding possible threats.

TOTWTYTR said...

Reading the entire article, you'll note that the other person murdered this month was allegedly murdered by a homeless, mentally ill, person.

As was the person murdered in 1999.

The far bigger issue than gun control, the one that the media and politicians are mostly ignoring, is the disgrace that passes for mental health care in this country.

I'm confident that if the woman spotted pushing this guy is found, she too will be found to have a history of inadequately treated mental health issues.