Mother always told us to put our toys away. “Look what happens when you don’t,” she’d admonish. The real story about the one-time one hour and 46 minute police delay was that the offended party brought the situation entirely upon himself “[Waiting for the Cavalry,” Sept. 11 Xpress].
First off, what is a grown man doing with a BB gun sitting out on his front porch? I cannot be the only person thinking this.
Next off, if Andrew Fletcher had simply called the police from the get-go instead of playing vigilante, none of this ever would have happened to him or his housemate.
There are times when we bite off more than we can chew. In his haste to smear the Asheville Police Department, the offended party managed to make himself look like a crybaby vigilante. If it’s OK to hunt a criminal down and attempt to reclaim your property, then don’t come a cryin’ when you find yourself in the exact situation that requires human habitats to have police.
Next time, when your toy gets stolen, think it through, weigh the risks and rewards, and make the smart choice. Call the people you were busy tweeting about while your housemate lay pistol-whipped in your living room.
— Ted Apy-Tuhiso