Police Must Make Quick Decisions

Editor, News-Register:

A recent story involves toy guns that are manufactured to look like the real thing.

A few companies mark the guns with red tips, but now the gang bangers are marking their own real firearms.

A federal law prohibiting the manufacture, sale or import of these “weapons” may help (put the anti-gun people in charge).

There was also a published comment concerning an officer’s indecision when he is approached by someone carrying a marked weapon.

An officer is damned if he shoots at an individual with a “toy” gun and maybe dead if he doesn’t.

Keep in mind that the officers often have less than a second to make a decision that will be argued in the courts for years.

William J. Patsche

St. Clairsville