Police, newspaper villified guns

I would just like to see if I have this right: It took police from two jurisdictions to deal with a few teenage boys with a BB gun?

Re: Fake gun is seized, Sept. 28, 2012

I would just like to see if I have this right: It took police from two jurisdictions to deal with a few teenage boys with a BB gun? I guess that’s the best you can expect from two police forces whose most serious crimes normally involve people who have forgotten to put their seat belts on!

What is truly terrifying about this story, other than the complete overreaction by police, is the fact that they seized private property and took these poor boys into custody when no crime was committed. If this is the reaction we can expect from police over these types of incidents, perhaps it is time for them to hand over their guns, for the safety of the community.

The Peninsula News Review used fear mongering and an absence of any facts to vilify guns, even fake ones. Is this the type of drivel we can expect from the new editor? This paper and the police should be ashamed of themselves. The police should, at the very least, return the property they’ve stolen. I would wager that all this incident accomplished was to instill a fear and distrust of police in more of our youth. But, the way things are going these days, that might not be a bad thing.

John MacIntyre, Central Saanich