Seems cops in the Philippines have a habit of shooting their firearms when celebrating the New Year. 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.
Sealed, also, were the service firearms of more 5,000 Eastern Visayan constables.
I have to wonder if the Philippines is full of Barney Fife wannabes?
Barney Fife in the Philippines
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 at the most inappropriate times. Good ol’ “Barn” kept that single bullet in his shirt pocket.
Sheriff Andy Taylor would just shake his head and give Barney a disgusted look as he took away Barney’s weapon.
How about one bullet for each cop? That was Sheriff Taylor’s solution for Barney. No need to tape the gun muzzles of the Filipino cops then.
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?