Thursday, January 01, 2015

The more things change, the more they stay the same

Florida Man Charged With Decapitating Mom With Ax - NBC

 A schizophrenic Florida man chopped off his mother's head with an ax because she kept nagging him about chores, police said Thursday. Christian Jose Gomez, 23, who has several previous arrests, was booked on a charge of first-degree murder for the grisly New Year's Eve crime in Oldsmar. He allegedly told police he had been planning the attack for two days because he was angry over his mother's requests that he put some boxes in the attic, NBC station WFLA reported. Gomez put his mother's head in a garbage can but couldn't lift her body so he left it outside.
Welcome to 2015.

It's a good thing that no guns were involved; otherwise, people would think that guns are the reason why people kill people.

Some people are inherently violent.  In this case, the story made the news specifically because the crime was so horrendous.

If the murder was committed by a firearm, the story would have appeared low down on Page 7.  The people who think that people kill people because it's so easy to kill with a gun would have been all over this story.

Axe murders have always been "popular": Lizzie Borden (1892) found this an easily ready weapon.

The case was memorialized in a popular skipping-rope rhyme:
Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
There were no axe-control advocates back then.

Perhaps there should have been?

If only for the children.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am sure axes, hatchets and tomahawks are controlled or regulated in some jurisdictions. Maybe they should be more regulated and controled.