Class Warfare Blog

August 13, 2019

Kitchen Knife v. Semiautomatic Weapons

Gun advocates here in the U.S. usually speak with disdain of Australia which had the temerity to enact significant gun control laws. Well, The Guardian has reported on a killing rampage by a man in Sydney (Sydney Stabbing: One Woman Killed and One Injured In ‘Terrifying Carnage’ in CBD). As I understand it, CDB stands for “Central Business District” in that bustling metropolis.

According to the article “A man who allegedly stabbed a woman to death in Sydney’s central business district before attacking others on a busy city street with a butcher’s knife was arrested carrying information about terrorist attacks and extremist ideologies on a USB drive.”

So, a killing rampage (one dead) and “terrifying carnage” (one dead, one wounded) and the Aussies are shocked.

What a bunch of pikers! Can you imagine that happening here in the U.S.? Wouldn’t even make the back page of the front section of the newspaper and maybe not even the 6 o’clock news on the telly.

All those people and the wanker didn’t even have a semi-automatic weapon. He could have mowed down dozens, if not more. And the two “heroes” who stopped this lunatic, with a chair and a milk crate, wouldn’t have had a chance. They would have needed, at a minimum, a “good guy with a gun.” Milk crate . . . pft!

What is wrong with Australia? Don’t they even have Wal-Marts? Clearly their deranged gun policies aren’t working.

26 Comments »

  1. Bloody Aussies …. bunch of poofters. Ask John Z!
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    Comment by Arkenaten — August 13, 2019 @ 11:45 am | Reply

  2. Chairs and a milk crate. By hey, it was the CBD.

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    Comment by john zande — August 13, 2019 @ 12:16 pm | Reply

    • I wouldn’t fuck with an Aussie. Have you ever seen them play rugby?!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 13, 2019 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

      • Of course! Have you seen the Boks?

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        Comment by Arkenaten — August 13, 2019 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

        • Seen them play a few times. Growing up, they were the invisible boogeyman team. When they were banned from international games they were the best in the world, so when I was playing Australia/NZ couldn’t really claim to be the “best” while the boks were sidelined.

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          Comment by john zande — August 13, 2019 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

        • Aren’t they Kiwis?

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — August 13, 2019 @ 1:08 pm | Reply

          • Er…. not quite. 🙂

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            Comment by Arkenaten — August 13, 2019 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

            • Uh … not quite? I know they are not the “Blacks” but … aw, shit, my knowledge of rugby from halfway around the world is shitty at best. Are you claiming they raided the Blacks for players?

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — August 13, 2019 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

      • I played. In fact, I’ve even played against your national team, the American Eagles. They were training at our school’s grounds during the World Cup. We told them to bugger off. A compromise was reached in that we (the 1st 15) would play a 2 20 minute half’s game, full contact. We beat them 🙂

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        Comment by john zande — August 13, 2019 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

        • I am impressed. My best friend was a rugby player and I remember a bumper sticker he had that said “Give blood, Play rugby.” I wouldn’t go anywhere near the rugby pitch. I was an American pussy; it was basketball and baseball for me!

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — August 13, 2019 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

          • As someone said: Soccer is 90 minutes of pretending you’re hurt. Rugby is 80 minutes of pretending you’re not.

            I shattered my arm playing at uni and had to hang up the boots.

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            Comment by john zande — August 13, 2019 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

            • I had no such career ending injury but after college, hanging up my basketball shoes haunted me for years.

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — August 13, 2019 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

              • Sucks, doesn’t it. It’s not just the fitness, but the whole thing combined.

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                Comment by john zande — August 13, 2019 @ 1:17 pm | Reply

                • Yep, it was the camaraderie, the incredible hard work toward a common purpose, the feeling when a shot actually went in. (In my last college game, we beat a more accomplished team and I had 14 rebounds (playing center at 6’3″), I also had 0 points (not for the lack of trying!).

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                  Comment by Steve Ruis — August 13, 2019 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  3. Rugby is a hard sport. I prefer Aussie Rules Football. Back when the now dead wife got the big satellite dish we’d catch a game once a week. Not as hard on the bodies as rugby, but damn more so the US football.
    OK, showing my ignorance, by Boks, I figure you mean the Spring Boks? They were/are from South Africa right? That would have been why they were banned then. Apartheid and all that nastiness.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — August 13, 2019 @ 3:15 pm | Reply

  4. The situation has gotten entirely insane. Here in Wisconsin we just had a guy shoot and kill 5 people and it hardly rated more than a couple of paragraphs in the local papers and never made the news outside of the state. For some reason it isn’t classified as a mass shooting because it was a “family matter”. There are multiple shootings every single day in this state. Every Single Day. And meanwhile the leaders of the state legislature won’t even consider new gun legislation. They won’t even allow it to come up for debate in the legislature.

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — August 13, 2019 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

    • Four or more killings makes a “mass shooting;” possibly some of those shot survived and so this event didn’t qualify? What kind of society has a fucking definition for a mass shooting?

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 14, 2019 @ 10:38 am | Reply

      • I think it wasn’t called a mass shooting because the victims were found at two different locations, although all were killed by the same person who then shot himself. It’s crazy. We shouldn’t have to deal with this. More than 30,000 people a year are shot to death in this country, many of them children, and the powers that be in D.C and the state legislatures are doing essentially nothing to try to deal with it.

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        Comment by grouchyfarmer — August 14, 2019 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

        • You won’t get an argument against that sentiment from me. Right on, brother!

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — August 15, 2019 @ 7:36 am | Reply

      • You must remember, you cannot alter the 2nd Amendment (sic).

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        Comment by Arkenaten — August 15, 2019 @ 7:31 am | Reply

        • I read an argument that John Locke is the source of the sentiment of arms are needed to resist government tyranny. The author carefully explained that it was based upon Locke’s experience with the religious wars in England when the Catholics and Protestants took turns banning the other religion oppressively. Creating a secular government has obviated the need for individual citizens being able to resist government tyranny, and the other rationals for the Second Amendment (as an alternate to a standing army, and to make sure slave patrols could be armed into the future) also no longer stand up.

          Plus the Second Amendment doesn’t ban licenses. background checks, regulations of what kinds of firearms are available. All of these are kosher under the Second Amendment, so I think that the NRA’s strategy is to “wrap themselves in the flag” any time gun/ammo manufacturer’s profits are threatened. Because none of the current “gun control” measures violate the Second Amendment.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — August 15, 2019 @ 7:41 am | Reply

    • Holy crap! I was born in Burlington, WI. Never would have dreamed there would be mass killings there unless it was animals, cows, chickens, etc., due to some nasty disease.

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      Comment by Walter Kronkat — August 15, 2019 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

      • I know what you mean, Walter. When people think of Wisconsin they think of beer, cheese, cows and football. But we haven’t escaped the insanity either. We had the Sikh temple shooting a few years ago, this new one and a few others that weren’t classified as mass shootings for whatever reason. Opening the Milwaukee Journal and seeing a half dozen stories about shootings that took place overnight has become so commonplace no one hardly comments on it any more. We’ve had a 5 year old girl sitting on her grandfather’s lap in their own home killed in a drive by a few years ago. Just recently a 3 year old in a car was shot in a road rage incident… I’d like to force the politicians who keep saying we don’t need stricter gun control laws to have to sit and listen to the parents and families of all of the kids who were injured or even killed in shootings in the last ten years.

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        Comment by grouchyfarmer — August 15, 2019 @ 10:47 pm | Reply

  5. Um, er, uh, my comment above this was directed to grouchy farmer.
    As to the old 2nd Amendment; according to my personal pocket sized Constitution and Declaration of Independence, the 2nd amendment says (direct quote follows) “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
    Now the question must be asked, did any of these mass killers belong to any militia? Notice I didn’t bother to ask if any of them belonged to a “well regulated militia”.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — August 15, 2019 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

  6. This country has gone down the old toilet. The Onion used to put up a headline for these mass shootings, but I doubt they still do. The headline? Here is my recollection of it; ‘No way to prevent this’, says nation where this regularly happens.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — August 16, 2019 @ 1:47 pm | Reply

    • We are the only nation, the only one, who makes this claim!

      From Quora:

      *Why are mass shootings more common in the US than in other countries?*

      Let’s have a look shall we? School shootings first because we know they only happen the US and nowhere else.

      Oh wait, I was wrong. They do sometimes happen in other countries, but they are about 100, or in the case of China,* about 1,000 times less frequent per capita. *Interesting!

      However, it does look like mass shootings in the US generally are increasing and 2019 is looking like a bumper year!

      I wonder what’s causing it?

      Well, shit. Look at that. That looks like it might be guns!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm | Reply


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