The young man staggered down a city street as blood flowed from a puncture wound. The weapon used in the steely attack — an ice pick — was sticking out of his lower back.
A common household tool that doubled as a lethal weapon for the members of Murder Incorporated can still be found in stores. It is perfectly legal to buy one.
The scene was reminiscent of an era in the 1930s and ’40s when members of a notorious Brooklyn murder syndicate left a trail of bodies riddled with ice-pick holes. This attack, however, was set in modern-day New York City, specifically, on Aug. 21, at 4:20 p.m. in the Norwood section of the Bronx.
While guns top the list of weapons used in violent assaults, every so often, a crime is committed with a weapon that is suggestive of a different era and seems mystifyingly out of place in the New York City of today.
We have deaths in the “Gun Death?” Files for knives, clubs, swords, and other old weapons. On a similar note, I remember talking to somebody who didn’t have a lot of money and only had an old S&W Model 10 as a carry gun, and she had gotten a bit wrapped up in the the whole caliber war thing. I pointed out to her that while the .38 Special is considered fairly mild by today’s standards, it was used by police, military and civilians for decades as the go-to handgun caliber. Its not like people have changed that much that old technology that killed in yesteryear won’t kill today.
Same goes for things like icepicks. What do the idiots who use the metric of “Gun Death” think will happen if guns were to magically vanish?
I know what will happen, we’ll go back to the “joys” of the Dark Ages, and the weak but good people won’t have guns to defend themselves.
Not on my watch!