Friday, August 20, 2010

Man Shoots Dog

The Baltimore Sun reports on the shooting of a dog and the indictment of the shooter.

Charges were filed Wednesday in District Court in Annapolis against Keith Elgin Shepherd, 32, a civilian police officer for the Army in Northern Virginia. He faces two misdemeanor charges: animal cruelty and discharging a firearm within 100 yards of an occupied home.

They obviously haven't caught on to the wisdom of the one-strike-you're-out idea. Two misdemeanor charges are not enough. If found guilty of misusing his firearm, this man should forfeit the right to own guns. I can see people arguing about accidental discharges, but when someone purposely misuses a gun, they should get the one-strike-you're-out treatment.

What's your opinion? By the way, what is a "civilian police officer for the Army" supposed to be?

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  1. "By the way, what is a "civilian police officer for the Army" supposed to be?"

    I was wondering that as well.

  2. Some military bases use rent-a-cops as gate guards. I think it's a poor idea, but it's a fact.
    I'm just glad charges were filed. I heard about this incident a week or two ago & was outraged.

  3. interesting that the Army has a civilian police corps. What ever happened to the days of military police patrolling the bases. Oh, yeah, like most things in the military, they have been privatized and made more profitable for politically connected defense and security corporations.
    Even new recruts today in the US Navy do not have to serve in the mess during "Hell Week". Like MikeB, when we were in the military, all enlisted personal had to work in the galley or mess. Now they have private contractors doing it.

  4. "By the way, what is a "civilian police officer for the Army" supposed to be?"

    One of the few people the Brady Campaign thinks should be able to carry a loaded gun into a Starbucks.

  5. Fascinating. I had no idea the military were using outside contractors for that kind of stuff too.