The dangers of snowballs and guns

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Regarding the Dec. 26 letter from Tom Nagle of Laurel about the snowball fight at 14th and U streets NW:

Mr. Nagle discussed the dangers of throwing snowballs, citing an incident from his childhood in which a friend of his lost an eye during a snowball fight.

He went on to say that if he were in the situation that the D.C. detective found himself in, he probably would have done the same thing -- exited his car and drawn his gun.

There is not much danger to the driver after he stops his vehicle and is still inside his car. I suspect very little in the way of injuries due to thrown snowballs is inflicted on people inside Hummers.

Once the car has come to a stop, the driver's exiting the vehicle and escalating the situation by drawing a gun is what causes danger, such as in the situation at 14th and U.

Gerald E. Sheldon, Rockville

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In all three Dec. 26 letters about the D.C. snowball fight and snowstorm, I noted a feeling of, if not forgiveness, then perhaps understanding of off-duty Detective Michael Baylor's pulling out his gun after his Hummer was pelted with snowballs.

Is it that Mr. Baylor doesn't subscribe to the admonition that law enforcers never unsheathe a weapon unless they intend to use it?

Vincent M. Vacca, Washington


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