"Straight Edge" is a song written by Minor Threat in 1981. The song talks about not drinking alcohol or smoking or using "a crutch." It was a personal statement but one that quickly became a philosophy. By the time the 1990s rolled around, straight edge was a singular idea with many interpretations. One of the most militant interpretations came from the scene in Syracuse, NY, known for their metallic hardcore bands who advocated for a radical sobriety along with a vegan diet. While their views may have not reflected the scene as a whole, it was something that they were passionate about that they were happy to discuss, evangelize, and even put on t-shirts. This original and rare shirt form the Syracuse scene, in excellent condition, equates straight edge with automatic weapons.