Thursday, January 31, 2013

Just how stupid are legislators?

Pretty stupid, it turns out.  Washington D.C. has laws making ski masks illegal - apparently that prevents crime. Well, to be clear, their law says it's illegal to wear a ski mask while committing a crime. So if you're doing something illegal, it's also illegal to obscure your face. Oh, you rotten law-breakers.
Buying a ski mask isn’t illegal, but could restricting their sale help prevent crime?

The notion is stirring debate among some Northwest Washington residents after reports of robberies committed by men wearing ski masks. The frequency of the robberies also has caught attention of police, who say one neighborhood crew is frequently purchasing masks at a local sports store for the express purpose of committing robberies.
“They clearly are a problem. Otherwise, we wouldn’t see it being mentioned in all the reports,” said Faith Wheeler, an Advisory Neighborhood Commission member from the Takoma neighborhood in Northwest.
And while police from the Metropolitan Police Department’s 4th District said they think the Rittenhouse Crew — many of whose members are known to police officers — is responsible for some of the robberies, the ski masks are a huge stumbling block if victims are to be unable to identify their assailants.
On a Metropolitan Police Department-run listserv, Ms. Wheeler was one of several people who broached the subject of trying to discourage the sale of ski masks in the neighborhood, or asked legislators whether there are other ways to ban their sale.
“I don’t know how you can get at it legislatively,” said Ms. Wheeler, acknowledging she meant to open the door to discussion rather than suggest her own cure-alls. “I don’t know that persuasion itself would work unless you have a personal relationship with a store owner.”
D.C. law already ban individuals — ages 16 and up — from wearing masks in public under certain circumstances, such as while committing a crime or with “the intent to intimidate, threaten, abuse or harass any other person.” But prosecution under the law appears infrequent. The Office of the Attorney General, which handles juvenile and misdemeanor cases in the District, was aware of only two cases in which juveniles faced charges under the law, spokesman Ted Gest said.
Feinstein's "gun control" law bans all semi-automatic firearms.  In the UK they are talking about banning long bladed kitchen knives, since their firearm restrictions have failed to usher in the peaceful utopia their socialist central planners dreamed about.  This is how ridiculous it is, folks. Banning ski masks.  What's next?  Maybe they will ban surgical masks.  Or perhaps they will ban citizens from wearing panty hose on their heads. 

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