Archived Story

Shooting created emotional debate

Published 10:21am Thursday, November 21, 2013

The recent shooting in Coal Grove was, I’m sure we all agree, a tragic event.

A man deemed it necessary to shoot to protect his property, and possibly himself. A young man almost died. This event has created a rather emotional debate locally.

I do not wish to take part in that discussion because I cannot know what I would do in such a situation. However, I do know that there are many lazy and/or drug addicted people in this area who would take all that I have worked for if they could.

And some of them would be willing to harm me and my family in doing so.

That fact places me in a somewhat paradoxical situation, which I believe, is shared by many others. I do not want to hurt anyone; yet my .38 special is loaded with hollow points.

Did the shooter use excessive force? Or did he have every right to shoot? That is the focus of the debate. I can understand both sides of that discussion.

But in order to keep the discussion fair and honest, one truth must never be ignored. The victim shot the criminal.


Greg Hunter



  1. Ozzy

    In a lot of communities the police would have tried to go after the shooter in situations like this. I am glad that we have a Sheriff that is looking out for home owners that are protecting themselves.
    Thank you Sheriff!
    The Second Amendment worked in this situation.

    (Report comment)

  2. mikehaney

    Greg–The victim shot the criminal.
    When the criminal puts a stranger in a threatening situation,anything can happen. Most victims don’t have the experience and training to handle a situation properly brought on by the criminal, especially physically threatening situations.

    (Report comment)

Editor's Picks

DNA group has second meeting

More than 40 people attended the second Death to Negative Attitudes (DNA) meeting on Thursday at the Ro-Na Theater. Many of the same people along ... Read more

Barker selected as Memorial Day Parade honorary grand marshal

The selection committee has chosen Hardy Barker as Honorary Grand Marshal of the Ironton Memorial Day Parade, the oldest continually held Memorial Day Parade in ... Read more

Global Warming?

  Temperatures still climbing despite subzero conditions nationally   Despite a cold snap that seems to be gripping the entire nation, experts like Ohio State ... Read more  | 4 comments