Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Another contestant for "as low as it gets"

(CBS) NEW YORK It's happened again, an elderly woman has been beaten over a lousy purse. This time, the victim is 95 years old.

Police on Monday were looking for a man they say beat and robbed the woman right outside her 17th floor apartment. The incident happened around 2:15 p.m. at the East River Co-op on the Lower East Side.

The victim's friends are shocked by the attack.

"He just came out after her and pushed her down and stepped on her," one resident said. "There are marks on her chest and on her back that he stepped on her with his boots."

Added friend Beverly Dubrino: "This woman goes to Pathmark. She goes to the temple. She's always on the bus. So I said to my mother how's her spirits now? She said she's a fighter. But ... terrible."

This is another reason, as if we needed any more, why gun control laws are evil. Even if you could wave a magic wand and make all the firearms disappear there would still be people who through age or physical disability are unable to resist young strong thugs like this.

Firearms are, like the old saying says, equalizers. Where they are readily available for carry by the honest citizens the cost of committing crimes goes up for the criminals. And like anything else when it becomes more expensive there becomes less of it.