Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Raoul Moat - the last word
I have been sickened over the last forty eight hours by the positions some people have taken in defending this man and in attacking the police who hunted him down.
Let's cut through the bullshit. This nutter was let out of prison when he should have been sectioned. The prison services notified the police that he was a clear and present threat to his former girlfriend, yet they let him out and the police took no action to protect the people he subsequently shot. For this I blame the police - but not for anything else.
Moat went on to shoot a copper in what appears to be a random act before going to ground in Rothbury. He was cornered - eventually - and negotiations to get him to surrender went on for over 6 hours.
Now his brother is blaming the police for his death. He reckons that hitting Moat with a taser gun might actually have caused the shotgun blast that killed him. Apparently, he offered to go in and try to talk him out. Well perhaps you should have, Angus, and then you might just have been on the recieving end yourself.
But I'll tell you plainly, if I had had a bead on him then it wouldn't have been a taser I would have been shooting at him. It would be a 44 magnum.
Then his uncle jumps on the bandwagon. He reckons that "I know he's done a terrible, heinous thing... but I don't think he was a threat to the public." Well,the only reason he wasn't a threat to the public - that's the public he threatened to start gunning down next, if you remember - was because he was surrounded by armed coppers.
At the end of the day, he was a mad dog that needed to be put down. By killing himself, he saved us the bother of a trial and the expense of locking him up and keeping him in Broadmoor for the next fifty years.
Frankly, if I had had a gun I would have shot the bastard in cold blood - just like he shot that copper.
But I guess it is to the eternal credit of our police that they exercised just a little more restraint that I would have...