Old Trooper sends a link to an article in the Washington Times wherein some locals are blaming high capacity ski masks which are apparently being sold with no background checks in DC stores, and then the masks are free to wreak havoc on the otherwise peaceful community. So they figure they need to “crack down” on the purchase of the item.
On a Metropolitan Police Department-run listserv, Ms.[Faith Wheeler, an Advisory Neighborhood Commission member] was one of several people who broached the subject of trying to discourage the sale of ski masks in the neighborhood, or asked legislators whether there are other ways to ban their sale.
The City already forbids people over the age of 16 from wearing the ski masks in public in some circumstances like while committing a crime or threatening someone else, but apparently the law doesn’t go far enough for some of the residents of DC…sound familiar? The DC cops say they don’t keep statistics on how often they enforce that law…which in the language of the DC government means that they don’t enforce it at all. Again, sound familiar?
“And the next thing you know, the irrational thinkers will be talking about getting rid of scarves. A long scarf can make a good mask. Hmm. What’s next after that?” one woman wrote on the police listserv in response to the ski mask discussion.
Yikes, it’s almost as if there’s a pattern here. It’s as if people who think that government can solve every little problem in their lives expect more and more government. But that can’t be right. Can it?
So, those balaclavas that Ranger Joe’s sells – are those assault ski masks? And those ski masks made by that company UnderArmor – are they really armor – who cares, we should ban them because they sound scary? The DC government should have a database of people who can legally purchase ski masks and there should be a three-day cooling off/waiting period. And purchase should be limited to one ski mask every month. The black ones scare me. The opportunities for the “do something” crowd are virtually endless in the unregulated ski mask market.