I walked into the house tonight to see a frightening sight on TV. A banjo player was holding the Vancouver SWAT team at bay. The police dog was even afraid to take him on. I swear the dog was howling instead of barking and salivating in their usual Former Soviet Union/Nazi/Fluffy puppy dog type of behavior.
Eventually one of the cops got up the nerve to shoot him with a rubber bullet and he dropped the banjo. Then of course, they all piled on him.
He was naturally charged with assault.
A banjo in the wrong hands is indeed a deadly weapon.
I was kind of hoping instead of a crisis negotiator they would have sent out a fiddle player or perhaps another banjo player and had a contest or a long hair dude in a flannel shirt would have started singing about death and sorrow.
Then they could have taken him down at after the bridge. Kind of like when the gun nut changes magazines.
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At least they didn't shoot or tazer him...
Update: I just saw the video again. One of the cops actually picked up the banjo and leaned it against the house so that it wouldn't be damaged in the ensuing struggle. One does need to be careful with a lethal weapon such as a barely in tune banjo...
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