What happens when you combine two women, a “large-bladed weapon” and a baby?

The answer: a noon-hour confrontation in Saskatoon


In the Maclean’s national crime rankings, published early last month, Saskatoon posted the highest crime score, 163 per cent above the national average. Most of the incidents that give the city that dubious distinction are routine. But not these ones. This story tells of charges laid in “an afternoon machete attack on a 20-year-old man along a busy riverside street in downtown Saskatoon.” Police also report that another “large-bladed weapon was allegedly used in a noon-hour confrontation between two women — one of them toting a baby.” They said one woman attacked the other with a “sword.”

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What happens when you combine two women, a “large-bladed weapon” and a baby?

  1. I’m relieved. From the title, I took this to be another Steyn column – this time using King Solomon as a metaphor for the collapse of civilization and my diminished manhood.

  2. That’s the third story involving swords in as many days. I propose a long-blade registry.

    • In France it’s illegal, as I found out the hard way, to walk around the city carrying a huge medieval broadsword. “You can’t carry that here,” the constable told me, “that’s a Class 6.” (Actually just an imitation Class 6, but I took his point.) It’s been handy over the years for scaring away burglars and intruders, especially since I am not fond of pyjamas and hate being woken up. But I’d be happy to register it.

      • You must not be particularly attached to it then. Nor are you worried people might find out you play (or have played) Dungeons and Dragons.

        • Nope. Got something against huge medieval broadswords, buddy?

          • No, I have nothing against them. It is just collecting huge medieval broadswords is generally a tell for our somewhat closeted community of RPG’ers. I’m having a lot of fun with 4th edition btw.

  3. Yeah, if we don’t have a long blade registry, there is no telling what danger our police officers will be getting into. After all, wouldn’t you want your law enforcement to know if someone was the type of person who collects a lot of swords?

    • You betcha! Bring on the long blade registry! That way, only criminals will have the unregistered long blades– Oh, wait a minute…

  4. After all of the huffing and puffing by Saskatoon and Regina Police and Officials over the Macleans crime rankings last month, a story in the Leader Post this week has completely vidicated and authenticated the Macleans story. Haven’t heard any apologies to Macleans from anyone though.

    • I agree with madeyoulook – banning or registering things never solves the problem. There are a lot of sensible people trained in disciplined martial arts, etc who would never dream of abusing their abilities or spoiling things for all the others by using a sword like that. It’s the ones who have never trained and have no control over their emotions, or the ones who buy cheap junky swords at some market, that aren’t even supposed to be swung about. Let’s have an idiot register and don’t let the ones on it have swords.

      • That’s a good point; an idiot registry would go a long way. I’m sure that if someone put their mind to it, they could do harm with a plastic spoon.

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