The big-boss ran a post about this story this evening on TTAG. His angle was to highlight the fact that NYC residents are denied their God-given right to bear arms. I have nothing to add to that line of thought. I am in complete agreement.
What I can add here is an explanation of how State Senator Avella’s “Machete Ban” (which was blocked last June through a vigorous lobbying effort by KnifeRights.org) would have done nothing to prevent this attack. Make the jump to read more.
For those hearing about this for the first time, the NYT describes the scene thusly:
“A 59-year-old woman was fatally attacked by a man wielding a machete in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx on Sunday afternoon, the police said.
“It was a very gruesome crime scene,” a police official said. “Very. Incredibly. Very bad,” he added. The police identified the victim as Carmen Torres-Gonzalez…“She had lacerations to her neck, cheek, shoulder,” the police official said of the victim. “She had a partially severed left hand and a completely severed right hand.”
The police said that the man, who was in his 20s, had confronted the woman in the building where they both lived, in what appeared to be an unprovoked attack.”
The blocked “machete ban” was not actually a ban, despite what Brietbart and other outlets posited, rather it would have added machetes to New York’s list of deadly weapons. Jon Campbell of the Village Voice describes it thusly:
What Avella’s bill actually does is add machetes to New York’s list of “deadly weapons,” in line with firearms and gravity knives — the latter of which we’ve written quite a bit about.
In truth, the only effect Avella’s bill would have on machete owners would be to increase penalties for people who use the knives in a violent way — there is no prohibition on possession or sale.
That’s probably a good thing, because machetes, as Avella himself points out, are useful tools with plenty of legitimate purposes. In New York City, at least, machetes probably are not a common household implement. But those who live outside the five boroughs may well use a machete while gardening or weeding in their backyard. And even here in the city, some people probably own them for perfectly benign reasons, and they’re pretty common in hardware stores. It would be a huge headache, as we’ve seen with gravity knives, to try to get them off store shelves.”
I do not know if the legislation has been re-introduced, I will try to find out. But it is a good thing that New Yorkers do not have yet another statute that can be misconstrued by overzealous prosecutors.