In the 1987
Untouchables, Sean Connery plays streetwise Chicago cop
Jim Malone who utters one of the more politically incorrect lines
in the film, "Isn’t that just like a wop? Brings a knife to
a gun fight."
The quote popped
into my head after reading a story reported by the BBC – which
provides better analysis of the state of American culture than many
American media outlets ever could or would – present
the BBC…Police in the US are investigating a detective who appears
to draw his gun during a mass snowball fight on the streets of Washington
The video appears
to show the detective holding a gun in his left hand as he begins
to approach a large group of people, which had gathered for the
People in the
crowd can be heard saying “he has a gun."
sound just like some cops? Bringing a gun to a snowball fight?
The thin blue
line seems to be rather jumpy these days. And the government from
which it extends seems equally so judging by the number of radio
ads for emergency planning I keep hearing.
of communication is expressed through body language/actions so brandishing
a gun at a snowball fight leads me to believe some statists and
their hired guns are twitchy.
police in Washington DC should requisition flame throwers since
fire beats ice if I remember a version of the childhood game rock-paper-scissors.
Pulling a gun
during a snowball fight is obvious overkill but what's more worrisome
is the mindset of the detective who presumably considered the snowball
He and his
car, his personal property, were reportedly hit by snowballs but
to pull a gun in response seems nuts.
Besides I thought
more and more police departments were using "non-lethal"
means of dispersing crowds.
old classic stand by…"stop hitting me and my car with snowballs
otherwise you're going to jail."
next jackass who hits me with a snowball is going for a ride in
the paddy wagon."
Or just take
the snowball hurler to court and sue for damages.
After all if
you're in law enforcement, you must know some capable attorneys.
There has to
be some lawyer advertising on TV for the snowball fight victims.
DC cops need to be issued winter protection like garbage can lids
for snowball shields.
Of all the
"crimes" with which cops must concern themselves, I find
it hard to believe snowball fights are anywhere near the top of
But every year,
it seems innocent childhood games are deemed dangerous to the general
public and banned.
is likely to propose a ban on snowball fights in order to "protect
the safety of the police and the general public."
It'll be the
Frosty The Snowman clause inserted into some Homeland Security bill
and no doubt it will ban children from using coal as Frosty's eyes
since coal is a "dirty" fossil fuel that contributes to
CO2 emissions and ultimately to global warming and/or climate change,
whatever catch-all phrase they're now using.
Only in a country
where every need and want can be fulfilled almost instantaneously
do we have such paranoia. When your creature comforts are met, you
have time to worry about things you should not worry about.
ultimately government's problem. What's that old expression? Idle
hands are the devil's tools.