This guy is a complete jackazz.
This time, police said, Pilotti admitted that the older dog was not pursuing or even close to his sheep, but was trotting slowly toward him when he fired his shotgun at the dog's head. Directly behind the dog and in the line of fire was a house with residents inside - facts that spurred the endangerment charge.
Good. They will make an example of him and give him the max penalty.
However, this is not a gun issue as the thread title would suggest. This is just an indictment on humanity.
FBI statistics show that far more people are killed each year with hammers and clubs than with rifles or shotguns. We as a society need to begin moving toward a world of Nerf-based objects. It's the only way.
Stop. This is the perfect example of a crazy person, no more a reason to ban guns than a stabbing in the home is a reason to ban streak knives. Making an argument like this gives legitimacy to the 'over-reacting liberal' accusation. Shotguns are not, and IMO should not, be banned. But crazy people are going to do crazy things, with or without guns. Within the bounds of the constitution, we can and should legitimately seek to minimize the damage they'll do.
I blame the dog owners. Just the act of the dogs being in the same fenced area should give the farmer the right to shoot them. That's the law In Oregon. You shouldn't need to wait for the dog/coyote/wolf/cougar/etc. to attack your live stock before you put them down.
So take away guns from everyone because one psycho goes crazy!
You would be hard pressed to find a bigger dog lover than me but banning guns wont prevent this. People will always be cruel. I hope this scumbag gets cancer in his eyes but unless we take away free will (which is where we are basically heading) things like this are going to happen.
This guy thought he could get away with it and I am willing to bet he thought he understood the laws.
I do not believe there is any justification for shooting a domesticated animal that is not presently threatening you or your property.