Fifteen lines on Page 2 of the April 17 Times caused my blood to run cold, as I remembered a similar, but less confrontational incident of 10 years ago. The few lines told of Manual Rodriguez's toy water gun, so realistic that 10 policemen answered a neighbor's call of "armed man." But for the 14-year-old's presence of mind to "freeze," those 15 lines could have been his obituary!
My own son, 15 at the time, proudly showing off his new high-powered BB gun with attached telescopic sight, was similarly warned by two patrolling officers of the dangers in displaying or carrying so realistic a toy or replica of a real gun.
We never allowed him to take it from its case thereafter unless practicing with tin cans or paper targets in the country.
Another possible scenario comes to mind--Manual playfully pointing his "gun" at some other armed citizen; or Manual pointing his "weapon" at some unsuspecting senior citizen, and the senior citizen dropping not from a "bullet," but a heart attack.)