This is the kind of gun rights the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) has been promoting for years, led by head wacko Wayne LaPierre. The mentality is to own any gun I want to, use any ammunition I want, and take them both anywhere I want to. It happened recently in Arizona, actually May 12, the day the Sunflower fire was started near Payson, Arizona, that has burned over 18,000 acres in the Tonto National Forest.
You would think it was some demented individual that carried out this brainless act but it wasn’t. It was one of Arizona’s typical gun freaks that has been assured repeatedly by state legislators that the state is his own personal shooting range. His name is Craig Shiflet, 23, and now he faces 6 months in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both. It was supposed to be a fun camping trip and bachelor party with, of course, lots of guns. It turned into one of Arizona’s worse fires in history.
Shiflet, and four of his friends left Mesa, Arizona on May 11 for the Sycamore Creek area which is close to Payson. First they were shooting at targets the morning of May 12, a practice proven to have already started wildfires in Utah and Colorado, and was widely covered in the media. Duh…that doesn’t apply to me. It was after this that Shiflet loaded a different kind of shell into his shotgun and fired it at a soda box.
Soon after this, the five certifiables noticed smoke where Shiflet had fired, discovered fire, then tried to stomp it out with no success. It was then that Shiflet called 911 from his cell phone at 10:18 a.m. the morning of May 12, and the rest is disaster. And here’s the rub. Shiflet admitted to prosecutors that he believed the round he had put in his shotgun would shoot out flame or act like a flare gun. I have heard of idiotic uses of a gun but this takes the cake.
OK, here’s another ‘you just won’t believe it item.’ There is a warning label on the ammunition that reads: “Shoots 100 feet of fire, setting everything in its path ablaze. Warning: Extreme FIRE HAZARD.” Assuming Shiflet doesn’t have the brains to tie his own shoes, you would think at least one of the other four guys would have offered something like ‘this might start a forest fire.’ Is this what the NRA means when it says their members are “single minded?”