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Friday, November 30, 2012

Time For A Ban on Assault Bows

NBC reports on the latest mass killing:
Three people were killed Friday in an attack involving a bow and arrow-type weapon at Casper College in Casper, Wyo., police and college officials said.

The attack occurred before 9 a.m. (7 a.m. ET) at the physical science center, said Rich Fujita, a spokesman for the college.

Police told NBC station KCWY of Casper that two of the bodies were found on campus. One appeared to be a male faculty member, and the other appeared to be of "student age," Fujita said. At least one of them had been stabbed with a "bow and arrow type" weapon, police said.
[Does this mean that he was stabbed with the bow? Would this be similar to reporting a shooting as "someone was stabbed with a gun and bullet type weapon"?]

The third body was found off campus; no cause of death was reported.

No suspects were custody, and police said no suspects were at large, bolstering reports by the college that the attacker was believed to be among those killed.
I don't mean to be disrespectful to the victims, but sometimes the reporting/editing of news stories is terrible. And, of course, if a firearm had been used, there would have been all sorts of calls for a new "evil looking guns" ban. But I doubt we will be hearing a call for banning "assault" bows (or crossbows), or limiting quivers to 6 arrows or less, or limiting the sale of arrows with three or four cutting edges on the arrow head.

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