Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Letting anger get the best of you

I am glad no one was hurt in this shooting and without all the details I am going to refrain from passing judgement on the man and his dog.

This incident, as written, has many leasons:

1 - When you are angry and not in danger, leave the gun alone.
2 - When you fire your gun make sure you know what your back stop is.
3 - Learn to friggin aim. I heard this guy fired six or more shot and did not hit the dog. Guess it was bobbin and weavin!!!
4 - Bullets ricochet and still have enough energy to kill. Know what your gun and your ammo can do.

Gilbert man shoots at family dog after it bites his daughter in face

Nathan Gonzalez - Feb. 17, 2010 06:40 AM

The Arizona Republic

A Gilbert man faces a felony weapons charge for shooting at his German shepherd after it bit his daughter in the face Sunday.

Kevin Townsend, 49, was charged with one count of discharging a firearm within town limits, a class 6 felony.

The incident began about 5:46 p.m. when Townsend's 11-year-old daughter was in the family's backyard on the 2500 block of E. Via De Palmas, north of Riggs and Higley roads, Gilbert police said.

The dog bit the child on the face, and Townsend allegedly grabbed a gun. He fired "multiple shots" at the dog, but one bullet strayed and broke a window at a nearby house.

The girl was transported to Gilbert Mercy Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The dog was not harmed, but Townsend arranged for someone else to take it, said Sgt. Mark Marino, a police spokesman.

1 comment:

james said...

This is what gives the armed citizen a bad name. I just wish the punishment would be a little more severe for this type of incident. A class six felony will be dropped to a misdemeanor upon completion of probation. Thats right, probation. Unless this idiot has a criminal record, which is unlikely because they did not charge him for a weapons violation, he will not do one day in jail.

Incidents like this do not change my opinion one bit. To have a knee-jerk reaction to something like this would be like not flying because you hear about a plane crash.

How about this headline......

"Millions of resposible gun owners had no incidents with there weapons today in America, and a few actually defended themselves or their loved ones in a deadly encounter."