Within recent years, there's been several incidents where sports fans at televised sporting events (namely babeball, basketball will be next) foolishly ran out into the field. An epidemic that only encourages others, and may even eventually inspire some nut to run out and attack one of the players from a rival team (who knows, maybe even with a weapon). Face it folks, these are unpredictale times we're living in, but they aren't so quick to do this in during football and hockey games... for obivious reasons (especially hockey, if they know what's good for them, them hockey players are street thugs on ice).
In this case, do you think tasing is a necessary step to disencourage future idiots and attention fiends from running out unto the field?
It's all over the local news here in Chicago, it's in the world news too. The incident I'm specifically talking about happened to some 17 year-old at a Philadelphia Philly vs. St. Louis Cardinals game Monday in Philadelphia. Google it up and read all about it.
I was watching that game and was aware of the incedent. The guy who ran onto the field ignored the request to stop and who knows what his intentions were, perhaps to harm a player of umpire. However it happened again in this very same series but this time the guy stopped when ordered to do so. The Mayor of Philadelphia has sent a strong warning to future people running onto the ballfield. I just saw 6 innings of this series tonight without any one running on the field.
I don't so much mind the fact that the idiot who ran onto the field and disrupted an event that people paid a lot of money for got zapped, what kills me is that he got zapped while a wanted terrorist on the "no-fly" list was able to jump on an aircraft without a problem. Where exactly are our security priorities and why do we go to extreme lengths in one area but not another?
Good point. I do agree from the underoos bomber, to the white house party crashers several months back (first there was a white couple, then a black guy who said he lost his invitation), to this week's events that there's differently been some high-level security breaches in our nation as terrorists and conniving individuals continue to find chinks in our armor. But for now, I'm focusing on events that are akin to the topic mentioned. So, do you folks think that tasing field jumpers at sporting events is a necessary step?
I think tasers are overused. The guy on the baseball field wasn't a threat to anyone; he could've been brought down eventually without tasering. Tasers can have serious side effects and have been known to cause death in apparently healthy individuals.
I was just talking about this yesterday. Everytime you turned on the news, this guy was on it, running around like an idiot.
(As a side note, a lot of media stations running sports programs won't actually show people on the field and streakers, etc. because it gives them exactly what they want... promotion and visibility... the local news here has totally screwed that up. No wonder there was a second runner.)
Anyway, whether or not tasing was appropriate, I can't say I feel bad for this guy at all. HE RAN ONTO THE FIELD DURING A MAJOR PUBLIC EVENT. You're sort of asking for trouble there. Its not as if he was looking for the men's room and accidentally wound up behind third base. If you're going to pull a stupid stunt, you need to be prepared and accepting of some harsh consequences.
I know I'm going overboard here, and using this one incident to represent an awful lot, but, seriously, we have a major issue with personal responsibility these days. If this guy did get hurt, I don't blame the security guy with the taser who was doing his job, I blame the idiot kid for running onto the field. Like I said, its not as though it was an accident.
The police commissioner here in Philadelphia assured the public that tasing the field runner was according to established protocol. That the kid was 17 or something is no excuse, and no preferential molly-coddling ought to go in his direction. He and his parents need a better relationship.