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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



  • 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.

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  • 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.

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