- - Wednesday, March 7, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Cops in Bonita Beach, Florida, are in hot pursuit of a bold and innovative robber who tried to hold up a 7-11 convenience store the other day with his finger. He made his getaway on a bicycle and the cops haven’t yet found his hide-out.

If hard times can make a monkey eat red pepper, as the saying goes, a robber unable to arm himself with a proper firearm must improvise. Clerks at the 7-11 say the robber walked in with a weapon that looked more like a cocked index finger than a Smith & Wesson .357 magnum, so they refused his demand for their cash.

Cocked fingers frighten the easily frightened, including teachers and even principals. A 6-year-old first grader was suspended from school in Colorado for pointing a cocked finger at a classmate. A 7-year-old in Maryland was suspended from classes for nibbling his Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun, terrorizing everybody.

The fight against crime is unrelenting, even against fingers and pastries that look less threatening than the derringers that ladies in the Old West stuffed into their garters. Registering fingers won’t be enough. The only way to stop this epidemic of digital terror is the seizure of every finger. Even an unloaded finger can terrorize.

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