|The Monon Near Nora|
Police said the boy tried to rob, then shot, Gary Bravard, 56, who was walking on the trail at 8300 North at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Bravard suffered wounds to his lower body, said officer Catherine Cummings, IMPD spokeswoman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He was taken to Methodist Hospital.
Of course, Public Safety Direct Frank Straub used the robbery to suggest the problem was the gun not the punks who committed the crime:
"The fact that you would have two young people engaging in what appears to be a robbery with a weapon yet again suggests that the community and the police really need to pay attention to guns in our community, guns in our homes and access to guns by our young people," Straub said. "This should be a rallying cry for our community to tell young people that this type of activity will not be tolerated."Of course Mr. Straub misses the obvious point that someone willing to break the law to rob someone will certainly break the law to get the gun in the first place. What happened on the Monon also illustrates perfectly why the ban on guns in city parks, which on July 1, 2001 will go away thanks to our legislature, is so silly. All the ban does is take guns away from law-abiding citizens. Those who would use a gun to commit crimes are not in the slightest bit affected by the ban.
One of the best deterrent against crime is the possibility the criminal may be accosting a person who is armed. The ban takes that possibility away, leaving a steady stream of unarmed, law-abiding individuals for thugs to prey upon. Thankfully our legislature saw the folly in that.