Firing a gun into the air.

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AlyssaEimers's picture
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Firing a gun into the air.
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Yes, she should have been charged.

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"You can't fire into the air," Officer Perok said. "Once something goes up, it comes down. There's the possibility of causing property damage, injuring someone or killing someone. In an apartment complex, the odds of that bullet coming down and striking something are very high."

This. I am sympathetic that she was just trying to ward off attackers and protect her daughter, but I feel that putting innocent bystanders in danger by firing a gun in the air was the wrong thing to do, and worthy of being charged with the reckless use of a weapon.[/LEFT]

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This is one of those stupid things they do in the movies all the time, that real people should know better than to emulate. Right along with carrying a gun in the waistband of your pants and shooting sideways. Dont they require some level of education for gun ownership there (Question mark).

Off topic: Trent totally messed up my keyboad and now my punctuation sucks (not that it was fab to begin with). Sorry I look like I dont know how to ask a question. At least I figured out how to make the writing the right size again.....ok, I outsourced on facebook, but its better now Smile

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"ftmom" wrote:

Off topic: Trent totally messed up my keyboad and now my punctuation sucks (not that it was fab to begin with). Sorry I look like I dont know how to ask a question. At least I figured out how to make the writing the right size again.....ok, I outsourced on facebook, but its better now Smile

I have not noticed anything wrong with your posts.

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Yes she should be charged. Any responsible gun owner knows that shooting into the air is STUPID. I feel very bad for her, sounds like a pretty scary situation. Hope she learns something through this situation so if faced with something similar she will know how to handle it

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I agree she should be charged. I also agree that I feel bad for her because it was a scary situation. I know I would try anything to save my children if they were being hurt.

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I feel bad for her and its sad to say she would have probably been better off legally to fire at them.

Didn't VP Joe Biden say to take your shotgun outside and fire a few warning shots to guard off someone trying to break into your property? Not saying that was a good piece of advice though.

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Father who beat daughter

He killed the person who attacked his daughter. No charges against him.

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It definitely IS interesting to think that if she had actually fired at them, deadly force might have been justified. (Maybe it might not have, i don't really know, but i think there are similar enough cases, that somewhere, it would have actually been a case that would at least need to be heard and considered.

And really, how much safer is it for the average citizen to fire AT someone compared to firing in the air. I'd venture to say not at all.

I don't really have a problem with the fact that she has been charged...its just one of those things where if you really think about it. It doesn't make sense...because its not like if she had fired AT them, innocent bystanders are somehow magically safe and sound LOL.

Of course, maybe by the law she shouldn't have fired her gun period...but i'm pretty certain some jurisdiction somewhere, maybe not her own, one would be justified and not the other. Kind of silly.