Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Moron Mail

We don't pound on the drooling masses who write into the PiPress often. So let's go to the east side of the river for today's edition of Moron Mail:

The recent fatal shooting by London police of a Brazilian man who had been "directly linked" to the subway bombings but turned out to have no involvement makes a very good point that should not be overlooked by anyone who has already obtained, or is thinking of getting, a permit to carry a handgun under the resurrected Minnesota Personal Protection Act.

Police have the unenviable task of making spot judgments about the risk posed by criminal suspects. They do it because it is their job to protect the public safety. Despite their extensive training and experience, sometimes things are not what they seem and they are wrong.

Can an ordinary citizen, who has far less training and experience, live with the consequences of such a mistaken judgment?

JOSEPH HUMSEY.

Can someone get me a cricket bat please? I need to pound some sense into this chuzzlewit.

Oh thank you.

WHAP WHAP WHAP WHAP WHAP WHAP CRACK!

Actually Joe might have a point. I suppose that at some point in time, some civilian Minnesotan will be tasked with identifying, tracking, following and apprehending a suicide bomber. So in that discrete hypothetical situation, I suppose the MPPA should give us pause.

On the other hand, it's probably not too much to ask the state to allow you to defend yourself against a whacked-out attorney who is aggressively attacking you with a cricket bat.

Let's call it a draw.

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