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Alcohol and Guns Don't Mix.

A tragic story out of Erie County, Pennsylvania, reminds us of how dangerous it is to consume alcohol while handling firearms. The incident unfolded on December 22 at a gun range, where two men and their girlfriends were firing a pistol that one of the men had just recently purchased. Investigators later determined that one of the men, who had a blood alcohol content of .21, which is almost two and half times the legal limit for driving, began randomly firing the pistol at the other man and his girlfriend, hitting the man multiple times.

A 67-year-old man, who was at a nearby shooting stall when the dangerous scene unfolded, quickly intervened to stop the deadly attack. The older man fired his pistol at the intoxicated man and hit the shooter five times, with two shots hitting the suspect in the rib cage and three hitting him in the back. The older man administered first aid to the wounded suspect and called 911.

The shooting suspect was taken to a nearby medical facility, where he was later pronounced dead. The man who had been shot by the intoxicated shooter was treated for five gunshot wounds but was released the same day.

Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri later issued a determination that the senior citizen who intervened was justified in his actions. Daneri said in a February 2 press conference at the Erie County Courthouse that the 67-year-old man is "aware he took someone's life and he has remorse over what he did, but listening and watching his statement to the state police, he believed it was necessary for him to do what he did at the time.... It's my determination that it was reasonable for that man to believe he needed to use deadly force against [the shooter] and because it was reasonable for him to use that deadly force, no criminal charges are warranted." Daneri added that investigators still don't have any insight into why the shooter turned the gun on his friend, as the two were lifelong friends and there wasn't any fighting or hostility prior to the shooting. In closing, Daneri only noted that the autopsy showed the high level of alcohol in the suspect's system.

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Title Annotation:EXERCISING THE RIGHT: "... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Author:Krey, Patrick
Publication:The New American
Date:Mar 22, 2021
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