Long time readers of these little scribblings will know that I believe that each person has only one weapon available to them -- and that is the human brain. Anything else -- guns, knives, baseball bats, whatever -- are only tools.
My Gentle Readers also know that I also believe that you deal with your critters with whatever tools are handy.
A Costa Rican mugger has learned this lesson the hard way.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - A group of U.S. tourists, including a former Marine, killed a Costa Rican mugger by breaking his neck after he pulled a gun on them in a Caribbean port, a local police official said on Thursday.
The cruise ship passengers told police they jumped on Wagner Segura, 20, to defend themselves when he pointed a .38 caliber revolver at them near the Caribbean port of Limon on Wednesday, and somehow snapped his neck, regional police director Luis Hernandez said.
Segura died instantly and two other unidentified thieves, one of whom was armed with a knife, fled the scene, Hernandez said.
"One of the tourists was a former Marine and he was probably the one who broke (Segura's) neck," Hernandez said. "His neck was completely snapped."
No charges will be filed against the tourists because police viewed the incident as an act of self-defense. Police questioned and released the group, which rejoined the cruise and left Cost Rica.
The Americans were passengers aboard the Carnival cruise ship Legend. They got off their tour bus to take photos in a notoriously rough neighborhood a short drive from Limon.
After the attack, they put Segura's body on their bus and found a police officer in Limon to report the incident.
© Reuters 2007. All Rights Reserved
The part that we should take firmly to heart was not mentioned in the preceding story, but is mentioned in the next.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica An American senior citizen traveling in Costa Rica killed an alleged mugger with his bare hands, inspiring his traveling companions to fight back against two other assailants.
Police say the Americans were defending themselves and no charges will be filed. The Americans were traveling on a Carnival cruise and have already left the country.
The man who killed his assailant is about 70 and retired from the military. Police in Limon (lee-MOHN') say he put a 20-year-old in a head lock and broke his clavicle after three men armed with a knife and a gun held up their bus during an outing.
The other men fled when the 12 senior citizens aboard the bus started defending themselves during the attack Wednesday.
Afterward, the tourists drove the suspect to the Red Cross, where he was declared dead, apparently of asphyxiation.
Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
70 years old. And took out a twenty year-old critter armed with a pistol -- bare-handed.
I don't want to hear any more whinging from middle-aged folks about how they're helpless if they don't have access to their pistols or knives.
If a 70 year-old Marine can take out a pistol-armed critter with nothing but grit and bare hands, then anyone can take out a pistol-armed critter with chairs, typewriters, power-strips, MasterLocks, CD disks and anything else that might be handy.
Tip of the Stetson for the story goes to Gentle Reader Max Drive.