“Police are questioning the safety of a samurai sword-style umbrella that was mistaken for a rifle yesterday at the Burlington Mall,” bostonherald.com reports. Say what? Burlington police Lt. Glen Mills thinks that an umbrella designed to look like a samarai sword is dangerous because people think it’s a rifle? Maybe the police dispatcher heard someone report a man with a “weapon” and assumed it was a rifle. And the 911 tape is where? Meanwhile, you know the cops are full of you-know-what when they trot-out the “c” word . . .
“We live in a free country, and you can’t regulate everything,” Lt. Mills said, sounding suspiciously like a libertarian. “But common sense should tell you something that can easily be mistaken for a weapon shouldn’t be sold — and people shouldn’t buy it.”
Guess what? I don’t buy it for a second.