Candy Frey: Cops can differentiate defensive gun use from hunting

A Florida woman shoots a gator who was attacking her dog gets citation for hunting without a license. The woman is a former Marine, someone who obviously knows how to use a gun. Can't the state officials differentiate defensive gun use from hunting? The link at Fox News can be found here. You would think that the cops would have heard about the three women who have been killed by alligators over the last week.

Another dog wasn't so lucky.
Dog In Royal Palm Beach Killed By Alligator

Authorities say a six-foot alligator killed a Yorkie-Maltese mix in Royal Palm Beach.

Michael Rochefort said his dog ran outside his interior design shop Tuesday and straight to a nearby retention pond.

The gator quickly grabbed the dog, Malibu, and swam away. Trappers captured the alligator they believe killed the dog.

They plan to trap two other gators seen in the pond.


Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

Another reason to eliminate some law enforcement agencies and cut in half the size of most police departments; they can't find constructive things to do; probably because there are too many of them. Before Prohibition (a time when most were armed) most people practiced common sense (including law enforcement). They instinctively knew to shoot dangerous animals; no fool would question that kind of common sense behavior. Today, not only because of PETA, in some States you can't protect yourself - it makes too much sense. Only irrational behavior is allowed like arresting a woman for protecting herself (and maybe her children) from a dangerous predatory animal.

I wouldn't tolerate this; if an alligator were in the vicinity of my home I would destroy it; I would not allow that type of animal to exist near my home or where humans live.

PETA: it's not wrong to look out for the welfare of animals; just don't go to far - use common sense - people come first, especially children. The same goes for dangerous animals on the endangered species list; they should not be exempt from common sense behavior.

Another thing that is wrong with this: her arrest sends the wrong message to women; that it is wrong for women to use deadly force to protect themselves. That's why, during this era of domestic disarmament, women have been the worst victims. Some of them, while jogging or recreating, have been either attacked by vicious dogs or have been beaten (beyond recognition) by rapists, stalkers and muggers. It is women that need the right to carry a weapon of choice more than any other. Every politician that espouses against carrying weapons or wants to ban firearms is responsible, at least indirectly, for the harm that comes to women.

In this case is there a pattern of women hunting alligators (there should be)? Why question her conduct.

5/18/2006 5:12 PM  
Anonymous thebronze said...

From what I've read, this woman wasn't arrested at all.

She was given a "warning citation" which mean absolutely NOTHING.

5/18/2006 9:00 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Dear thebronze:

So what was the point of giving her a warning for hunting? The alligator had gotten into her home, she and her daughter were able to separate the alligator from their dog, and push it away, but it doesn't seem like the alligator was too interested in leaving the area so this 48 year old, former marine, shot the alligator. I am not sure that I call it "hunting" once the alligator has gotten into your home.

5/18/2006 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Joel K. said...

Warning or not, it is adding insult to injury. What part of "serve and protect" did the police accomplish with a warning citation? They should have commended her for quick, decisive action, saving herself and her family from further harm.

5/18/2006 10:06 PM  
Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

Hopefully Americans and Bradenton, Florida will rally around this woman for having the nerve and common sense to do the right thing.

After you shoot an alligator then dump the carcass in a ditch where it belongs.

5/19/2006 5:20 AM  
Anonymous thebronze said...

What is there to rally around?

Nothing happened to this woman.


I'm as pro-gun as they come, but b*tching about trivial stuff like this is nonsense.

There is no story here.

Move on to something else...

5/19/2006 3:50 PM  
Anonymous thebronze said...

BTW, that last post was from thebronze

5/19/2006 3:53 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Dear thebronze:

I think that you are taking this post much to seriously. This woman isn't a "hero," but it is a funny story and it does show that the cops were a little silly also giving her a warning for hunting.

5/19/2006 5:08 PM  
Anonymous thebronze said...


I think a lot of the other commenters were taking this a lot more seriously than I was, but I get your point.

5/22/2006 12:47 AM  

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