Seems cops in the Philippines have a habit of shooting their firearms when celebrating the New Year. In response to that problem, police in the Metro Manila area have been ordered to tape shut the muzzles of their service firearms with masking tape. I am not making this up. Cops also had their pistols muzzled during this past Christmas holiday. “We replaced the masking tape we used to seal their firearms with a new one today in time for the New Year revelry,” Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao of the Northern Police District said, according to a recent report in the Inquirer.net.
In a related story, the service firearms of more than 5,000 policemen in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines were also sealed yesterday. I have to wonder if the Philippines is full of Barney Fife wannabes? Barney Fife, a bumbling deputy sheriff portrayed brilliantly by the late Don Knotts on the Andy Griffith Show, was prone to shooting off his gun with his lone bullet, kept in his shirt pocket, at the most inappropriate times. Sheriff Andy Taylor would just shake his head and give Barney a disgusted look as he took away Barney’s weapon. (The “hostage rescue” this past August in Manila that resulted in the death of eight Hong Kong tourists is proof positive that the Philippine police force is already packed with plenty of “Barney Fife’s” along with the Filipino cop that shot a fellow officer during horseplay.)
Perhaps the police commanders in the Philippines could just use the Sheriff Taylor solution and give each cop one bullet to be kept in their shirt pockets? That way they wouldn’t have to quickly unwrap the masking tape around their pistol muzzle in case an emergency arose. Can you just see a Filipino version of Barney Fife trying to get the tape off his gun as he ran after a thief that had just robbed a sari sari store? Only in the Philippines!