The Globe and Mail has revealed that the weapon Tony Brookes held to the head of his hostage outside Union Station on Wednesday was jammed. That's why he used it to beat his estranged wife instead of using it to shoot her.
Does this mean the police actually murdered this man? The sawed-off .22 was essentially useless. The cops could have walked up to this guy and wrestled him to the ground with no loss of life. They could have continued to negotiate with him, convinced him to put the gun down. It turns out he wasn't a threat at all, was he?
I'm waiting for those enlightened Torontonians who have gloated about the failure to find WMD's in Iraq; those who have called the Bush administration liars and murderers; those who have argued that Saddam Hussein posed no real threat, that he had been contained, that inspections were all that was required, to apply the same empty arguments to Tony Brookes. I'll be watching for the letters in the Star.