…and get fined? Apparently so, in Washington, D.C.:
Authorities last week made an agreement not to prosecute a Northwest D.C. man who used his unregistered handgun to kill a pit bull in order to stop it from mauling a child in his neighborhood.
As part of the agreement, Benjamin Srigley, 39, was required to pay a $1,000 fine but will not have criminal charges filed against him for the three unregistered firearms and the ammunition that investigators found in his possession, said Ted Gest, a spokesman for the office of the attorney general.
Special.This right here is just one more thing that illustrates the absurdity and immorality of laws that prohibit people from carrying guns. I would say this is yet another example of the old saying “the law is an ass,” but Kurt Hofmann put it better (which is why he gets paid and I don’t):
“A law that has to be broken in order to save the life of a child–to prevent him from being torn apart by vicious dogs–is very likely an evil law. And a “justice” system that punishes a man (even if ‘only’ by fining him) for being a lifesaving hero–is institutionalized evil. Why, as a (theoretically) free citizen, does any American tolerate this?”
That’s a really good question.