Thursday, January 31, 2013

The DC Ski Mask Ban

Criminals in Washington DC are using ski masks to 'mask' their identity.  The DC police just can't seem to get a handle on the situation, so something must be done.

From Andrea Noble of the Washington Times:
Ski masks, a fashion accessory to crime in D.C., may soon be illegal

...after reports of robberies committed by men wearing ski masks. The frequency of the robberies also has caught attention of police, who say one neighborhood crew is frequently purchasing masks at a local sports store for the express purpose of committing robberies.

"They clearly are a problem. Otherwise we wouldn't see it being mentioned in all the reports."...
The focus of the article is on the ski masks, and there really is no major effort in DC to ban ski masks, but the fact that it is being talked about shows just how ridiculous some of the discussions can get. 

One interesting factoid from the article, wearing a ski mask during the commission of a crime is a crime in DC.
D.C. law already ban individuals — ages 16 and up — from wearing masks in public under certain circumstances, such as while committing a crime or with “the intent to intimidate, threaten, abuse or harass any other person.” But prosecution under the law appears infrequent.
It seems criminals pay attention to ski mask control legislation just about as well as they follow gun control legislation.  Heck, the article even mentions a "two striker":
...two black men wearing ski masks got out of a gold Honda Accord and held a woman at gunpoint to steal her purse.
Head on over and read the article. some of the comments are well worth the time.

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