You are probably aware that a woman in Miami named Filomena Tobias flipped off Joakim Noah after last night’s game against Chicago. Ah, Miami. You may not, however, be aware that ... oh, just click the link. It’s fun, trust me.
In other news, the NYPD arrested a man in Astoria, Queens, for firing a plastic pellet gun and then handing it off to his kids.
The law against realistic toy guns is a good one and it should be enforced. When I was a boy, we would shoot BB guns down by what is now called Dumbo or across the bridge on Wards Island. We would also sometimes take them into buildings or on city streets in Brooklyn or, even more stupidly, Stanley Isaacs and 1199 Plaza in Manhattan. In 1994, that very game resulted in death when a police officer shot a boy holding a toy gun.
I strongly support the law banning realistic toy guns.
And I double-support keeping BB guns out of parks: they can hurt people! This guy was letting his three year son and five-year-old daughter point a loaded pellet gun at other people. That is a recipe to blind somebody. (I have every intention of going target shooting with my boy and letting him learn all about firearms. I have no intention of letting him fire even low-velocity projectiles in crowded areas.) I am glad that other parents stopped this moron before anyone got hurt.
There is, however, something confusing. The story says that the other parents quickly realized that it was a toy. One went up to the guy and told him to stop. According to the news, he did so and left the park.
Why then did they call the police? Or did somebody else call the police?
Anyway, this guy was pretty damn stupid. I will cut 10-year-olds in 1980 some slack. A 54-year-old in 2013, not so much.