Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lawful 78-Year-old Gun Owner Acting Badly

Local  news reports
A 78-year-old Decatur man was arrested for allegedly shooting through a window at a state child welfare employee while she was at home because he was upset that she didn’t remove a child from a neighbor’s home.

James E. Hilliard was arrested Wednesday (Jan. 9) on preliminary charges that include aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and criminal damage to property. He is being held in the Macon County Jail on $250,000 bond, pending his arraignment.

Hilliard allegedly followed the Department of Children and Family Services caseworker from the home of his neighbor in the 900 block of East Main Street after the worker visited the home and did not remove the child.

When the caseworker left the child’s home to return to her own home, Hilliard followed in his car.

The mother of the child, who was acquainted with Hilliard and had received an unwanted marriage proposal from him, told police she saw Hilliard following the caseworker in his car. She told police Hilliard had told her he owned two firearms.

According to police, while the caseworker and her husband were at home, Hilliard “fired one round from a small-caliber firearm from his vehicle, which was on the public street as he drove in front of (the caseworker’s) residence. "
I'm tired of being told that the vast majority of gun owners is responsible. I'm also tired of being accused of painting with too broad a brush when I point out that SOME gun owners are not safe and responsible.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.


  1. Gunsucks are mostly stupid people who buy firearms due to their stupidity. Hunters are exempted.

    1. But anonymous, don't hunters derive sustenance from their guns? Wasn't that your definition of your term "gunsuck?"

  2. This 78 year old man has clearly lost his marbles. He proposed to the young mother next door. And then he was angry that the case worker did not remove the child from the mother. So he gets what is coming to him.

    In other news, 99.999999 million other citizens who own firearms did NOT flip out yesterday and shoot at anyone.

    1. His type is not as rare as all that.

    2. Mikeb, how about you give us a statement of the percentage, based solely on facts and on no speculation.

  3. If you're tired, Mikeb, stop making assertions that aren't supported by facts. The vast majority of us don't do things like this. You can hardly call this man lawful, since he's apparently a stalker. That's often criminal behavior.