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The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight?



The grainy, black-and-white security camera footage of a West Toledo gunfi ght played over and over again on television and the Internet last week.

Dramatic muzzle flashes lit up the screen, as gunmen inside and outside of a bar blazed away with their handguns, throwing lead every which way. When it was all over, Toledo police officers picked up 17 spent shell casings, and counted the bullet holes.

And yet, with at least 17 rounds fired, nobody was hit.

Which brings up the question– was it a miracle, divine intervention, act of God? Or, just plain bad marksmanship?

With apologies to Jimmy Breslin, author of a book by the same name, was this the real Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight?

There’s an old expression about being unable “to hit the broad side of a barn.” Barns have nothing to fear from these guys.

It could have been worse. They could have followed the example of Plaxico Burress, a National Football League star.

Burress slipped his illegal handgun into the waistband of his pants at a nightclub. And managed to shoot himself in the leg.


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