Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Accidental Shooting of Florida Woman Whose Boyfriend Mistook her for a Wild Hog

The Huffington Post reports

A Florida hunter accidentally shot his girlfriend thinking that she was his target -- a wild hog.

Steven Egan, 52, was hunting from a tent in Flagler County on Saturday when Egan heard a noise that he thought was similar to that of his prey. He took a shot at it, not realizing his significant other wasn't in the tent with him.

The shot sent a .30-caliber rifle bullet through both of 52-year-old Lisa Simmons' legs. Simmons was airlifted to the hospital where she was recovering from surgery.

Egan maintained that he fired in the first place because he had seen a real hog just minutes before the accidental shooting. 

No charges were filed.
What do you think? Aside from being a funny story, there are some serious aspects to it.

A guy who is that reckless should never be allowed to touch another gun for the rest of his life. That's what one-strike-you're-out means.

Is it too harsh? Perhaps, but would you want to entrust your life to someone who has shown the ability to do something like that? Would you want a guy like that hunting near your property or near your kids' school?

No, of course not.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

1 comment:

  1. The ol', "sound shot" defense:

    "It sounded just like a 12 point buck (trophy bear, gigantic boar, etc.,.), what the heck was that idiothuman doin' in my killzone?!").

    The shooter in this case should have his right to hunt revoked for life--his next shot could as easily kill an innocent human.