No one outside the sugar cane industry needs to own a machete. Ownership permits should be required, along with background checks. A two-week waiting period should be mandatory after application. Permitted machete owners must pass a certified machete training course, and attend monthly refreshers at a certified machete range.
If policies like the above had been in place in Reutlingen, the tragic incident described below would have been avoided, and the unfortunate woman would still be alive.
From Deutsche Welle:
Man Armed With Machete Kills Woman in Germany
An attacker has allegedly killed one woman and injured two people in the city of Reutlingen in southwest Germany, according to local media. The police reportedly confirmed that the man had been arrested.
The machete-wielding attacker sparked panic after killing a woman in a Turkish fast-food kiosk in downtown Reutlingen, German mass-circulation newspaper “Bild” reported Sunday.
Two more people were reportedly wounded and the man was said to have been arrested soon after the attack. The motive for the stabbing rampage was not immediately clear.
Authorities believe the man acted alone, according to Germany’s “Süddeutsche Zeitung” newspaper.
Germany is on edge following a deadly shooting spree in Munich less than two days ago, and a separate stabbing rampage on a Bavarian train last week. In both of these cases, attackers were teenagers with Muslim background. The train attack was conducted by an alleged Afghan refugee who had pledged alliance to the “Islamic State.”
However, the Friday shooting appeared not be motivated by political ideology, with German-Iranian attacker having a history of mental illness, according to German officials.
Hat tip: Dean.