When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Trains

20070705-railroadtracksYou know when you were a kid, and your friends told you, “Go play on the train tracks”?

They weren’t your friends.

A 26-year-old man has died after being struck by an MBTA commuter rail train on Saturday afternoon in Franklin.

Transit Police say the man was trespassing when he was hit by an outbound train on the Forge Park line around 4:20 p.m. Franklin police officers and firefighters also responded to the scene near Fisher Street railroad crossing.

The man has not been identified by police. Foul play is not suspected, police say.

via Man Dies After Being Hit By MBTA Commuter Rail Train « CBS Boston.

Fun facts about trains. In 2014 (the last year for which we have FBI homicide data) 768 people were killed by trains. (Just accept the defaults and click to make the table). But 248 people were victims of homicide by rifle.

Some subset of those rifles were Dread Assault Rifles®, so obviously we need to ban those rifles.

7 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Trains

  1. Billybob

    My thoughts exactly.
    Trespassing and 4:20
    You remember all those people who said ” come on let’s go smoke a doobie”
    They were not your friends.

  2. Cap'n Mike

    I went to more than my share of those Train Pedestrians when I worked for the T Police.
    Usually suicides.
    I remember my first one like it was yesterday.
    The temperature was below zero.
    I was writting down witness statements when my pen froze.
    A grizzled old sergeant said to me “This is why you always carry a pencil kid” as he handed me a #2.
    It left two big pieces of the guy and a bunch of little ones.
    I watched the poor sod from the Medical Examiners picking up little frozen pieces of the guy with a tissue so some dog wont find them and bring them home.
    Good times.
    I was writting down witness statements when my pen froze.
    A grizzled old sergeant said to me “This is why you always carry a pencil kid” as he handed me a #2.

  3. Torres

    31 years working in emergency medicine and it still amazes me how those trains sneak up on people…

  4. Steve

    America, wake up. Close the trainyard loophole. It is way too easy to hop a ride on an automatic assault subway.

  5. John Distai

    My dad always told me to “go play on the train tracks”. And “play in the street”.

    1. DSM

      With my pops it was always, “Do it one time and see what happens. You’ll learn.” Several life lessons were learned this way.

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