Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Tom Coburn has a really dumb idea

From an article about the border agents who shot at a suspected drug trafficer:

"Why is it wrong to shoot the [trafficker] after he's been told to stop?" asked Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma.

I can think of some reasons:

1) Maybe the person isn't really a drug trafficker.

2) Maybe he doesn't understand English.

3) If you told him in Spanish to stop . . . maybe he doesn't understand that either.

4) Maybe he didn't realize you were talking to him.

5) Maybe he doesn't realize you are a law officer. For example, he might think you are a thief.

6) He might be hard of hearing, or deaf.

7) Even if none of the above apply, the US does not have the death penalty for drug smuggling, or for running away from the cops.

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