Monday, March 8, 2010

Editorial: Missteps abound in shooting trials

Predictably, given the paper's long history of gun love, the unnamed Courier editor comes out in favor of Steve Solomon, and faults the cops and County Attorney's office for failing to handle the evidence-gathering well.

Could lawnforcement have done a better job? So said the judge, and that's all we really know. But the editor uses that lapse to gloss over the real issue of public concern: the fusillade of AK-47 rounds that Solomon fired off his property and into the wild, which Solomon himself said he did "for fun." Whether he knew there were people in harm's way or not, this was grossly reckless and irresponsible and it was only his dumb luck that this wasn't a manslaughter trial.

The editor's sole observation on this idiocy: "Testimony alleged that Solomon could be more responsible as a gun owner ...." Thanks, editor, for standing up for public order and responsible citizenship. Yeesh.


Candace said...

Aahhh, AK-47. Weapon of choice of the Mujahideen and the Free and the Brave.

coyoteradiotheater said...

You know . . . I remember teaching a BRM class . . . year after year in the army that started like this . . . "Remember, men, the bullets keep going. Even past what you were shooting at and they can have a tendancy to hit things you don't want them to. So don't be an idiot and even point it at things you wouldn't be comfortable killing or maiming for life."

Generally speaking the max effective range of an AK47 is 1,300 ft. But that doesn't matter because he wasn't aiming at them. Basically, you've got a fat chunk of metal heading downrange at people sitting on top of large animals.

Think about it, idiot.

The man is unfit to carry the weapon.

Second Amendment Obsessors: What well-regulated militia was he representing that day?