Jumping the gun

Posted: July 31, 2008

TO letter-writer Albert Whitehead:

As is clearly indicated in the picture on Page 6 (July 22), that is a revolver that doesn't eject its spent casings.

The primers (center of the bullet) is indented, indicating the firing pin hit them and indeed blasted away in Southwest Philly - most likely at cops hired to protect you, your family and me when entering the city to work. Thanks to all the brave cops who put their lives on the line every day.

Mark Daughterman, Langhorne

Mr. Whitehead, before you start thinking that the police did wrong, look at the picture carefully!

It's a revolver, not a semi-automatic. It doesn't expend its shell casings, and you can actually see where the firing pin hit each shell. So every one of those shells were expended in that gun. The cops have a hard enough job without people trying to find something they did wrong when they didn't!

Steve Malinich,

Philadelphia

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