More Prozac in the Water, Please

Ashwak Saleh was arrested outside the White House today for wielding a 13″ machete on the sidewalk. Her response when asked to drop the knife was “What are you going to do — shoot me?”

Why yes, Ashwak, that’s exactly what they were going to do if you didn’t drop the giant fucking knife. Did you expect them to give you a lollipop instead? Seriously, how deranged do you have to be to show up to a gunfight with a knife? You know what this town needs? More knife control.

6 Comments so far

  1. danny (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 8:56 pm

    I didn’t know it was a crime to carry a knife in public — could we have someone post a link to the relevant statute please — I’d be curious to know how it’s worded exactly.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 9:10 pm

    I think it’s more “knife over a certain length” where certain length is generally ranging from 6″ and up.

  3. Doug (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

    Tom is most likely correct. I’m not certain of the specific law about knives in the district, but even 6″ might be pushing it, especially with heightened security in the past half-dozen years. Brandishing a machete is definitely not a wise idea.

  4. Mo (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 10:58 pm

    How about Tridents? I killed a guy with a trident.

  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 11:12 pm

    Yeah, I’ve been meaning to talk with you about that Mo, you’re gonna have to lay low for a while, do you have a safe house that you can go to?

  6. Eric (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 11:37 pm

    A former DC cop I work with told me that it’s illegal to carry a knife if you’re carrying it as a weapon, even if it’s only for self defense. If, however, you’re carrying it as a tool, your safe.

    We were specifically discussing the pocketknife one of our former coworkers carried to a client site, so we didn’t get into large blades.

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