Safety 101

A couple of days ago, I saw a headline: “‘Knockout Game’ Attacker Asked Man If He Had A Gun Before Punching.” (Article here.) I thought of this tonight during a performance of Don Giovanni. (Review forthcoming.)

Giovanni asks Masetto whether he’s armed. Sure, says Masetto. Then he shows Giovanni a musket and a pistol. Giovanni is snookering Masetto, mind you. He takes both the weapons. Then he asks, “What else? Is that it?” That’s it, says Masetto. Then Giovanni beats the crap out of him.

Nations and individuals must learn the lesson: Often, it’s wise to be armed, and undisarmable.

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