Another day, another responsible gun owner in action. A Lancaster, Ohio, man was charged Thursday with discharging a firearm within city limits while he was playing toy solider at a recruitment office.
No one was injured, but he and others were ordered off the property by the owners, U.S. Properties Group Portfolio Four LLC, an hour after shots were (accidentally) fired.
“I’m nobody special.”
According to the police report, the man, Christopher A. Reed, 28, a native of Lancaster, was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits and issued a summons to appear in a Fairfield County Municipal Court on Tuesday.
Reed told police that he’d been showing off his firearm to someone:
Reed told police that he was holding his rifle outside the recruitment center when someone asked if he could take a look at it. Reed agreed, and while he was trying to clear the ammunition from the weapon, he accidentally fired one shot into the asphalt pavement.
The only damage was a hole in the pavement. The rifle was taken from Reed pending his appearance in court, the incident report says.
If he’s convicted, he’s facing a maximum of 30 days in jail. Not that he doesn’t know this; court records show he was convicted of the same offense in 2013 and was fined $50 as a result.
Reed is one of the many toy soldiers playing pretend after the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that claimed the lives of five service members at a military recruitment center.
I’m nobody special,” Reed said during a telephone interview with the Columbus Dispatch on Thursday. “I’m just a guy doing my job because my own government wouldn’t do it.
The other members of his group agreed.
Kenneth Casteel, a 67-year-old Marine Corps vet who served in Vietnam said:
Government ain’t going to do it” and “They won’t give these guys any weapons to carry or keep in a safe. If we don’t do it, who is going to do it? It’s a matter of safety.
And nothing is safer than toy soldiers who mishandle their firearms — which is why the military brass are asking that they not do this:
I’m sure the citizens mean well, but we cannot assume this in every case and we do not want to advocate this behavior, according to the Army Command Operations Center-Security Division letter, which was authenticated by the service.
Recruiters were ordered not to interact or acknowledge the armed civilians, who have been greeted by a mix of concern, indifference and gratitude by the public.
If questioned by these alleged concerned citizens, be polite, professional and terminate the conversation immediately and report the incident to local law enforcement …,” the command advised.
The military realizes something that these gun totting yahoos don’t, and that’s this: it’s really hard to tell the terrorists from these “well-meaning” ammosexuals when everyone has a gun.
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