Wednesday, July 26, 2006

More Smoke from the Left on Replia Guns

New Jersey Herald For some time now the Left has been creating a tempest in a teapot regarding Airsoft and other pellet guns that look like real weapons.
People create a serious problem for police when they carry fake guns that look authentic, especially in the dark, he said. The danger to the public or police is unclear in those situations, and armed officers are faced with the difficult choice of whether force is necessary.
There is no more or less of a problem than when police encounter anyone. If you are holding something that looks like a gun, and you are acting in a way that constitutes a reasonable threat, law enforcement - or your average armed citizen - is fully justified in shooting you.

In that instant when decisions have to be made, decisions are made based on the available data. If you are holding an Airsoft pistol that looks like a Glock, a reasonable person is going to assume that you are holding the real deal. In issues of life and death - especially my life, or my death - I am not going to give you the benefit of the doubt. (That is a good way for me to end up dead.)

So the onus is on the person buying and carrying these so-called "replica guns" to act with some thought for the consequences of their actions. Parents need to exercise some control of their offspring in this regard.

In a funny note, the incident that they are talking about in the referenced article took place in the parking lot of Dunkin' Donuts shop.
If you want to find all the cops
They're hanging out in the donut shop
They sing and dance (oh whey oh)
[They] Spin the clubs cruise down the block
Walk Like an Egyptian

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