Six stabbed on Leroy Street in Dorchester early this morning
Six people were transported to local hospitals after being stabbed early this morning in a home on Leroy Street in Dorchester, according to Boston Police.Now, as one commented pointed out, one person was killed by a gun at LAX last Friday, whereas in this story no one died. While that is true - and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the man killed and to those who suffered wounds in that shooting - it's hard to figure the moral calculus by which one person killed is somehow worse than six people assaulted and injured, some severely.
Police received a call at 4:48 a.m. from 6 Leroy St. reporting the incident and initially believed one person had life-threatening injuries, but a police spokeswoman said later this morning that all six are now expected to survive.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it's the person, not the tool, that causes violence, mayhem, and death. Tools are neither good nor bad; they are inanimate objects with no inherent value judgments; it is only the hand of Man that determines the use to which these tools will be put. One man might pick up a long, sharp knife and use it in the preparation of a five-star gourmet meal; another might use that same knife to stab people at random.
As long as we keep our focus on that inanimate object, we will never stop crazy people from using tools to hurt others. We will never stop criminals from using tools to hurt others. We will only keep good people form having the best methods possible for self defense, insuring that there will be more massacres down the road. When we can adequately care for people suffering from mental illness as well as thoroughly catch and punish the criminals and criminally dangerous, that's when we can take a look at the effectiveness of a given law.
Until we can do that, though, the good, honest people are going to take it in the shorts...
That is all.