You Knew It Was Coming: New York Moves to Ban Machetes

People joked as the Obama administration and a Democrat-controlled Senate tried to push through sweeping gun confiscation laws two years ago, asking, “What will be next? Are we going to ban knives?” Well, it’s not a joke anymore. The State of New York is looking to ban really big knives. We call them machetes.

New York State Senator Tony Avella (D-Queens), the senator that effectively pushed through the unlawful SAFE Act in 2013 is now taking aim on machetes.

“The fact that anyone can easily purchase this potentially lethal tool is just crazy,” he said.

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Yeah, it’s crazy to want to purchase something inexpensive to help clear out a path in the woods, isn’t it?

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New York has already banned smaller knives and listed them as deadly weapons. According to an administrative code violation, New Yorkers carrying a knife with a blade longer than 4 inches can face up to 15 days in jail and up to a $300 fine.

The New York Daily News gave two examples of people who were killed with machetes. The mother of one of the victims is apparently not living full time on the planet as she said, “I didn’t even know it was possible to buy a machete online. I had no idea that it wasn’t considered a deadly weapon. It should be.”

Seriously? So, let me get this straight, something is a “deadly weapon” if it can be used to kill someone? OK, any of our Special Forces veterans out there want to communicate to our audience just what kinds of things you “improvise” with should you find yourself without a knife or a gun?

Let me illustrate. A jihadist attacked two police officers in New York. Should hatchets be considered deadly weapons because people use them for a purpose they were not intended for? How about a pencil or pen? Has no one seen the tactical pens that can be used for self-defense? If they can be used rightly by law abiding citizens, then can they not also be used wrongly by criminals? Of course!

How about a handy tactical flashlight, like one I recently bought. Though it is supposed to be mainly for illuminating the darkness, it has serrated edges on the bezel so that it can be used as a weapon for self-defense. Could it also be used to kill someone? Of course, but should we be banning flashlights because people engage in lawless activity with them? Of course, not!

What about baseball bats? Have people not been killed with baseball bats? I’m guessing a sports-crazed culture would have a real problem with banning baseball bats.

How about the automobile? How many people have intentionally, not accidentally, used their car as a weapon against another person? Are we really going to go down that road (no pun intended)?

The machete is viewed in New York the same as a meat cleaver. Is there anyone out there who is honestly going to stand up and say they haven’t heard of a murder involving a meat cleaver? Will that also be on Senator Avella’s agenda? I’m just wanting to see if he will be consistent.

The problem in our culture today is that we have abandoned dealing justly and swiftly with criminals. We have pampered and coddled them, instead of following the Law of God in dealing with them. As a result, victims are forced to pay for the housing, clothing and feeding of those who committed crimes against them or their loved ones and instead of placing the blame on the criminal, we place it on inanimate objects. That is exactly what these kinds of “laws” do. They criminalize a tool, which then makes criminals of law-abiding citizens for owning them.

If signed into law, it would make what is a normal, useful tool illegal to own and would criminalize owners, possibly landing them in jail for years. As I’ve asked in previous articles, does this sound like justice? Or does it smell like tyranny?

As for people like Senator Avella, why don’t you just propose that everyone be forced into their own private bubble, unable to get their hands on anything tangible? That would be a more honest approach.

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