Monday, September 06, 2004

William Tell Redux

I've said for a long time that if you ban all guns, that people will just find other methods to assault themselves and others. A recent incident in Australia illustrates this point. In 1996, Australia enacted a draconian, and unsuccessful gun ban. A recent trial in Brisbane revealed that one Robert Troy Scanlon attacked Michael Brown on the assumption that he was a police informant. Lacking access to firearms, Mr. Scanlon used a crossbow! Fortunately for Brown, the bolt struck his cell phone, and he escaped with nothing worse than an injured finger.

Cell phones may be secret lifesavers! In June I mentioned a case where a South African man's life was saved when a bullet struck his cell phone instead of his body.


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