Criminals take note: That old cliche about police hanging around doughnut shops proved true last night in Saugus. A uniformed Melrose police officer fetching coffee for the midnight shift walked into a Dunkin' Donuts on Route 1 and foiled an armed robbery.
There you go. All we have to do is provide every retail establishment in the Commonwealth with a taxpayer-funded, 24-hour-a-day, armed security detail - you know, like Mayor Menino's.
Sure, it will cost millions of dollars, but can you really put a pricetag on such a guarantee of peace and tranquility?
Of course, we could also try making it easier for law-abiding people to defend themselves from armed, predatory scumbags like that, but that would actually generate revenue for the state, taking into account firearms licensing fees and sales tax collected from firearms and ammunition purchases.
Not to mention, it would also require our benevolent politicians to display a modicum of trust in the electorate, the very people who gave them their jobs and pay their salaries.
Money flowing into the state, accompanied by power and trust being restored to the common class. Yeah...can't have that.