It seems like every other day I read another story about hunters who shoot other hunters, shoot themselves, fall out of trees, shoot family pets, or shoot innocent people who happen to be out in the woods.
Whenever I post these news items, I also hear the same lame arguments from hunters and the same profanity-laced comments towards me and anyone else who dares question their so-called right to play god and kill helpless animals. Unless a person lives in an environment where there is no other way to survive, hunting is not about survival or protecting the “balance of nature” within habitats. Hunting is about blood, death, fear, pain, and ego. Most of the comments are predictable, illogical, and very tiresome. Until I actual hear from a hunter who is willing to admit that they kill because it gives them a thrill and they love killing things, I do not plan to approve any other comments from hunters.
In today’s hunting story, a state trooper and hunter in Norton, Massachusetts, shot and seriously wounded an older woman who was out walking her dogs. The would-be killer this time is John Bergeron and the victim a neighbor named Cheryl Blair.
The woman’s husband, who is also a hunter, commented that Bergeron and other hunters need to be more careful about where they aim their weapons. Duh. How about they aim their guns at themselves, pull the trigger, and tell us what “sport” it is to kill?
Interesting, I think, that the trooper is not facing charges and that the “investigation is continuing.” If this guy can be so reckless and stupid, he should lose his job. Perhaps the next time he unloads his weapon “by mistake,” it will be to shoot an innocent person during a traffic stop or some other minor issue.
Here’s the story from the Associated Press –
NORTON, Mass. — The husband of a Massachusetts woman who was accidentally shot by an off-duty state trooper hunting deer after dark is questioning the trooper’s target identification.
The Boston Herald reports that the trooper apologized to the family. But the victim’s husband, also a hunter, says hunters need to pay attention and know their target.
Cheryl Blair was walking her two dogs Saturday when the trooper, John Bergeron, mistook her pets for a deer.
She is in a hospital recovering from surgery for a fractured pelvis.
Authorities say the shooting was accidental. A state police spokesman says Bergeron was properly licensed and faces no criminal charges. The investigation is continuing.
Bergeron, a neighbor of the Blairs’, did not respond to a request by the newspaper for comment.