‘Daddy robbed the mailman,’ says toddler of man charged in gunpoint robbery of postal worker

According to an affidavit authored by a U.S. Postal inspector, a letter carrier was robbed about 10:15 a.m. on Bewick Street in Detroit. The carrier said he was parked in his mail truck, readying to get out and deliver mail when he noticed a white Chevrolet Trailblazer pull up behind him.

The Chevrolet’s driver exited the vehicle, walked up to the mail truck, and pointed a handgun at the carrier. He ordered the carrier to exit the truck, put his hands up, and walk through a field located across the street, saying he would shoot him in his heart if he looked back, the affidavit said.
The carrier complied and walked to a nearby residence, where he asked a person to call 911. The victim told responding police the robber wore an orange ski mask and a bright orange construction vest with reflectors.

The carrier told police the robber stole 15 to 20 pieces of mail, one package, and a cloth pouch containing about $50 in quarters, with which he used to do his laundry, the affidavit states.

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Why are mail carriers not allowed to carry means to defend themselves??