Should such umbrellas be banned?

I read this article and then I decided to google. This is what I found:

Images

Question: Should such umbrellas be banned?

Imagine you see one of these. What would you say? Imagine someone carrying this umbrella gets on the bus, enters a school or a restaurant.

What if a police officer shot someone like this guy in this picture?

His body language is obvious (removing a weapon,ready to use it). Is the police officer expected to “know” it’s an umbrella?!

I’d like to read your thoughts on this.

Fredericton school lockdowns triggered by man with umbrella

Schools locked down over possible gun sighting that turned out to be an umbrella

CBC News Posted: Oct 16, 2015 10:00 AM AT Last Updated: Oct 16, 2015 2:39 PM AT

Fredericton police released these photos of a 'person of interest' they wanted to speak to about a call that led to the lockdown of four schools Friday. Later, police found the man and determined he was carrying an umbrella.

Fredericton police released these photos of a ‘person of interest’ they wanted to speak to about a call that led to the lockdown of four schools Friday. Later, police found the man and determined he was carrying an umbrella. (Fredericton police)

The person photographed carrying what appeared to be a firearm near a high school — a sighting that triggered a lockdown of four Fredericton schools this morning — was actually carrying an umbrella, say city police after they located the man.

“This image is of the umbrella that the man was carrying this morning,” the police force said on its Facebook page, after the nearly three-hour lockdown ended Friday.

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Fredericton police released this photo of an umbrella that was thought to be a firearm being carried by someone near Fredericton High School on Friday. (Fredericton Police Force)

“As you can see, it has significant resemblance to a weapon.”

Police received a report about 9 a.m. AT indicating a teenage boy dressed in dark clothing was carrying a firearm in a gun sock.

Fredericton High School and Priestman Street Elementary School were locked down for precautionary purposes.

The high school typically has a student enrolment of about 1,800. Priestman had a school population of 527 at the start of the current school year.

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