LIBERAL FASCISTS THREATEN NEIGHBOR'S GOD-GIVEN RIGHT TO SHOOT GUNS ALL DAY AND NIGHT
Johnston County, North Carolina, is one of the fastest-growing counties in America. County commissioners thought it was getting a wee bit too crowded for unrestricted use of firearms, so they crafted an ordinance that limited how and when firearms could be discharged.
They didn't count on James Whitlock III:
...Since they first complained to the county board in March, residents of Oak Ridge subdivision ... say James Whitlock III's shooting habits haven't changed. The neighbors have started counting shots, with 3,000 logged in the past 60 days and nearly 200 on a recent Monday alone.
... Commissioners promised in March to look for a solution. Sheriff Steve Bizzell sent deputies to Whitlock’s home on numerous occasions. But they found his shooting was legal under the county's ordinance, which bans shooting after dark, under the influence or alcohol or "carelessly and heedlessly" with bullets crossing onto a neighbor's property.
Several neighbors have said they've found evidence of gunfire on cars and on a backyard trampoline. But sheriff's deputies say the evidence is not enough to issue a citation to Whitlock....
An article from March tells us more:
... Oak Ridge residents said they were concerned about stray bullets, and one said he had found bird shot on his car. "Our grandchildren are telling us that they're scared to come over," Joe Heil said.
They said the shooting is taking place at 121 Oak Ridge Drive, a 1.1-acre property owned by James S. Whitlock III.... shooting isn't allowed between two hours after sunset and one hour before sunrise.
Neighbors said Whitlock is firing up until 11 p.m. and leaving traces on nearby vehicles....
It's amazing that any ordinance was passed at all, given opponents like this blogger:
Tonight, the second meeting of the "Good Neighbor Firearms Ordinance" (how Orwellian of them) working group is scheduled to take place at 6:00pm...
I got the impression that a goodly portion of the calls the Sheriff's office was getting were from new residents of the county who came from anti-gun bastions like New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California, who were uncomfortable with the sound of guns. I told Carver that, to be frank, whenever I hear the phrase "let freedom ring" it is near impossible for me to not think of the sound of guns. The sound of gunfire is the sound of freedom....
Mr. Whitlock, it will not surprise you to learn, is threatening to take the county to court if he's denied his God-given right to shoot off an average of 50 rounds a day and as many as 200, all day and well into the evening. And while I can't find much about him, I suspect he wouldn't live up to any dumb-hick stereotypes you might have: his wife seems like a fairly sharp-witted lawyer:
Mr. Whitlock is just a modern right-winger, who thinks Jesus and the Framers wanted him to have everything he's ever wanted -- and believed you're the totalitarian if he's not allowed to have it all.