Slightly overage ghosts and goblins who may be tempted to get a little frisky during their Halloween celebrations should take notice of a tragedy this week in Boca Raton, Fla.
Mark Drewes, 16, and a friend were playing a late-night prank, knocking on neighbors' doors and then running away, until one neighbor mistook them for burglars and shot Mark. He died.
It was a senseless tragedy, but perhaps not entirely in vain if a lesson is learned.
This is the first Halloween since Minnesota enacted its new gun law, which enables most citizens to have a handgun permit. While the law hasn't turned every city street into Tombstone, as some alarmists predicted, it is safe to assume there are more pistols in homes then ever before.
Most people who buy a handgun do so for protection. They feel it makes them safer and more secure. Some of the more stressed and nervous among them might take an inexplicable rap on the door as a threat to that security and reach for their guns.
So this is a good time to remind revelers knocking on strange doors tonight that danger may lurk inside. And homeowners need to remember that although they may have a gun permit, they are not legally permitted to shoot at everything that goes bump in the night.
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