A Washington man moved from the busy hubbub of the city to the quiet humdrum of the rural countryside. He quickly learned, however, his seclusion would be frequently interrupted, by paragliders.
Sixty-six-year-old Stephen B. Flinn was sitting in his living room, enjoying his newfound peacefulness in the hills of rural Douglas County when a paraglider buzzed his tower.
Flinn grabbed his shotgun and fired a warning shot into the air to “get the glider’s attention.” But that didn’t deter the pesky, flying outdoorsman. In fact, it made him pretty angry.
The airborne glider cursed at Flinn, threatening to come to his house if he kept up his shenanigans.
Undeterred, Flinn fired another shot, bringing the police to his doorstep. They confiscated Flinn’s shotgun and convinced him it would be in his best interest to call the authorities next time, instead of firing two blasts into the air.
Flinn stated he was pointing his 12-gauge shotgun away from the glider and simply trying to shoo (not shoot) the intruder away. Because of this, he is facing only a misdemeanor charge instead of a felony charge of assault.
The lighthearted article in Guns.com is rife with Joe Biden jokes and an overall attitude of boys will be boys.
Apparently the charges reflect this nonchalant attitude.
It's extremely dangerous to fire warning shots in the air, but what's worse is the question of what else might a person capable of shooting to scare a paraglider away capable of doing?
A misdemeanor charge which after all is said an done will result in nothing more than a slap on the wrist is not enough for this dangerous idiot. He should lose the guns.
Now, I can't wait to hear the usual suspects defend this man's actions in the name of gun rights.