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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:23 PM
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Bermuda limits machetes, the 'weapon of choice'
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=14...

HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) - Bermuda's government passed a law on Wednesday that would imprison people for at least three years for carrying machetes and similar bladed weapons in public to stem rising gang violence in the British territory.

Earlier this month, two girls were stabbed aboard a pleasure cruiser as rival gangs fought after the boat was hijacked and a knife was held to the captain's throat.

In an incident last year, gangs interrupted a soccer match and fought with machetes, knives and swords before hundreds of spectators, including some government ministers.

Attorney General Larry Mussenden, introducing the bill in the Senate on Wednesday, said violent crime rose 13 percent last year on the mid-Atlantic island, a tourist destination with 62,000 residents and a booming international business sector.
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NorCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:28 PM
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1. I would still rather have gangs duking it out with blades
It's better than handguns and uzi's.
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samsingh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:34 PM
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2. good thing they don't have the right to bear machetes
so the government can do something about the violence.
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Lefty48197 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:36 PM
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3. Will the National Machete Association (NMA)
support candidates who want to privatize social security, end welfare, medicare, and medicaid, cut workers wages, transfer the tax burden from the wealthy, to the working class, help the wealthy class perpetuate itself, bust unions, cut taxes for large corporations and wealthy individuals, but not working people, and also turn their back on scores of millions of Americans with inadequate medical insurance? You know, like the NRA does here in America.
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:43 PM
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4.  bermuda people: what % share the "booming international business sector"?
what % of the 62,000 residents are more than maids and dishwashers for the bigg bucks people who come and go to manipulate their wealth?

Msongs
www.msongs.com/political-shirts.htm
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Rufus T. Firefly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:39 PM
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5. When machetes are outlawed,
only outlaws will have machetes.
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geebensis Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:43 PM
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7. You'll get my machete when you pry it...
You know the rest.
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:40 PM
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6. If it was me, I'd limit triangles instead. nt
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anotherdrew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:49 PM
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8. it's odd that Bermuda isn't close to the bermuda triangle
maybe it once was... hmmm....
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SlavesandBulldozers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:51 PM
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9. if everyone carried machetes though. . .
well, you know the rest. . .
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