Harry Callahan is not as insensitive as he is made out to be

Harry Callahan is a man of few words. He is not the type of person who expresses his emotions easily. I think it helps him do his job well. When you are chasing criminals day in and day out it’s important that you have a certain hardened look about you. But when he is not performing his duty Harry is a very understanding and caring sort of a fellow. Most people never get to see that side of Harry’s personality. Which is a tragedy if you ask me.

As the self appointed PR manager for Harry I feel that it is my duty to show to you his sensitive side. To speak the words that were never said. Below is a quote from an eyewitness who recounted Harry’s conversation with a bank robber.

What Harry said

I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?

What Harry meant to say

I have an idea of what you might be deliberating about. You are probably wondering if I discharged six bullets or five. If I may be entirely honest with you, I seem to have lost count myself in all of this commotion. You see when a fellow fires one round and everybody starts howling an running like baboons it becomes a bit hard to concentrate.

I hope you understand my situation. I would have helped you if I could. Nevertheless I would like to impress upon you the fact that I am holding in my hand a .44 calibre magnum. The brainy lads in the ballistics department have bestowed upon this magnificent firearm the honor of being the most powerful handgun in the world.

Now I think you will agree with me that if I took a shot at your face we can be somewhat certain of the scenario where it would explode like a balloon. I’m afraid,old pal, that at this time all the odds are stacked against you. Allow me to give some advice as one friend to another. Before you make any move please conduct an introspection to determine whether you consider yourself lucky or not?

Even to an enemy Harry was very polite and reasonable. He sought to avoid conflict as far as possible. While it’s true that he was rather curt but that doesn’t mean that he had no sympathy in his heart. I suppose it is easy to dismiss people like Harry as insensitive. Doesn’t mean it’s true. Harry might look like an uncaring man but at his core he was as innocent as a lamb. Wouldn’t this world be a better place if each one of us tried to look for the best in people. Ah yes. That would be wonderful indeed.

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  • On January 23, 2015