This is by far my favorite scene from the Indiana Jones movies. Not only because it’s funny in a dark sort of way, but because it’s a commentary on how much difference a century or two makes these days. Swords had been the predominant weapon for ages, but with the development and rapid advances in firearms technology they’ve become largely obsolete. Take today’s news of a Jacksonville, FL man who provided a prime example…
FirstCoastNews.com has the story:
Police said a man wielding a sword in Mandarin Friday night was shot and killed by a homeowner.
Police were called to the Solano Grove Condominiums near the intersection of Sunbeam Road and San Jose Boulevard shortly before midnight Friday night.
Neighbors had called police to the mandarin neighborhood because they had seen a man walking around with a sword, according to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Homicide Sargent Lonnie Mills.
The man with the sword tried to enter someone’s home and that person shot him.
According to reports the sword wielding gentleman was a known troublemaker in the area and suffered from some mental issues, so while he was legally barred from buying a firearm he was free to select from the wide array of cutlery for sale. Having availed himself of that opportunity, he then decided to invite himself into another man’s house. And, much like Indy’s opponent, the armed invader was quickly dispatched.
Right now the shooting appears to be justified, Mills said.
Damn right it was. I can’t remember another such clear cut case of self defense in the face of an armed intruder, especially one with a known history of run-ins with the police.
It’s sad that the man wasn’t able to get the help he needed to deal with his mental issues, but the failure of the healthcare system doesn’t change the facts of the case. When you’re faced with an armed intruder, when it’s kill or be killed, there’s only one correct choice.
And just like Indy, I prefer a handgun.