Saturday, November 22, 2008

Tell me again why I can't carry to work.

Alleged Library Attacker Charged With Felonious Assault*

CLEVELAND -- A man accused of attacking three people at the Cleveland Public Library** was charged Friday with felonious assault. Police said Anthony Bailey was at the library's main branch on Superior Avenue earlier this week when he hit two patrons and a library employee in the head with a rock.

Hey, wait! I have an idea! Let's make libraries rock-free zones too. That will make me feel much safer. Kind of like all those security cameras our library asked the taxpayers for - too bad they're never turned on.

Feeling more safe, however, is not necessarily the same as being more safe.


*make sure to watch the video at the link, too.

**Cleveland Public Library is a member of the Clevnet Consortium - and so is the library where I work.

13 comments:

mad saint jack said...

You can't carry at work because you don't live in Kentucky.


(take the black pudding out of the freezer.)

Breda said...

thank you, Mad St. Jack =)

SpeakDog said...

This is a perfect example of the "guns don't kill people..." argument. Nutbags will find a way to be nutbags, regardless of whether or not guns are easily available to them.

Of course, then that argument opens the can of worms about how if a person is going commit a crime with a gun, they probably won't balk at the additional crime of stealing a gun or buying it illegally. The only people gun laws punish are the people who follow gun laws. And they are generally the ones being assaulted.

The solution? Carry around your own bag of rocks. Throw them at the cameras, knocking out the cameras. Then shoot the asshole throwing rocks at people.

Earl said...

It takes too much time for most books to sink in and affect a person's character - push the bookcase over on the demented. But then I know that the bookcases don't go over as easily as they did in Batgirl's library. Ninja throwing stars? that are disguised as bookmarks?

B Smith said...

This brings up a question that's been nagging me lately: At what point do you just say, "To hell with it", and CC anyway? I mean, sure, the penalties if you get caught can be pretty steep, but are they really steep enough keep risking sh*t like this?
And since we're living in a state where even the police have NO OBLIGATION to protect you, what does it say about this government that forbids their citizens to take that responsibility themselves? At what point did my life become so meaningless to these government masters, and why should I continue to let them render me powerless in a potentially dangerous situation?
Where do I draw the line?

WV: berweda. (some sort of derivative?)

Sarah (pointypen.com) said...

We could have prevented this tragedy by requiring background checks and waiting periods, as well as mandatory rock registration. For the children, you know. It's always for the children.

I wonder when people will realize that we're never going to prevent the nutters of the world from picking up anything they can grab, legally or illegally, when they feel the urge to get violent. The best solution is for the law-abiding citizens to be well armed and well trained so that the rock-wielding maniac doesn't stand a chance.

Joseph said...

At least the deadly black assault rocks have not caught on yet.

"Outlaw rocks, and only outlaws will have rocks"

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Old NFO said...

Carried by 6 or judged by 12, THAT is the question...

Reiver said...

I bought a EBR (Evil Black Rock) today at a rock show without a background check.....where will this insanity end???

phlegmfatale said...

Uh, can you carry a big maglite? You never know when there may be a power failure...

Stingray said...

You want EBRs? I got EBRs. No transfer tax. No license fee. No paperwork so no federal man to come lookin' for your rock when you're between it and a hard place. EBRs of all shapes and calibers, various shades of black, some shown with optional clue-by-four segment attached. Cheap!
(Seriously, if you're trying to do any digging, say for a fencepost, "evil" doesn't begin to describe these black rocks.)

Also, I agree with B Smith. I figure the operative term is "concealed," but I'm no lawyer and so my advice is worth exactly what you paid for it. But the last time someone had to put down a bipedal animal in New Mexico and did so in a place he wasn't supposed to have a gun, nobody raised much fuss about it. I'd wager the young lady who was being stabbed is rather glad the armed gentleman ignored the rule as well.

Nancy said...

loved what you wrote in the end.