A Randolph man shot his neighbor in the stomach after the two quarreled about dumping leaves, police said.
Christopher Leonard pleaded not guilty yesterday to armed assault with intent to murder. The 38-year-old was released on $25,000 cash bail following his arraignment in Quincy District Court, according to a spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating.
Doesn't that sound inconsistent to you, charged with attempted murder and out on $25,000 bail?
To me the inconsistent thing is the charge in the first place. It should have been armed assault, period, or armed assault due to getting angry.
Leonard and his neighbor, John Rota, were bickering about a property dispute at about 10 p.m. Friday, police said. Leonard allegedly told Rota he would like to dump leaves on Rota’s lawn, according to police.
One of the neighbors tossed a beer can in the middle of the fight, and Leonard shot Rota with a 9mm handgun, police Lieutenant Richard Crowley said. Crowley said he did not know whether the men had been drinking.
Leonard called police to report the shooting, Crowley said. Rota was transported to Boston Medical Center and has been released, police said.
Police found “quite a few guns,’’ including a 9mm, in Leonard’s home, Crowley said. Leonard has a license to carry firearms, Crowley said.
Aha! There we have it, another concealed carry guy who shouldn't have had a gun in the first place. Or, does someone what to dispute that? Should a guy who can get so angry over an argument about the leaves, that he pulls a gun and shoots his neighbor be permitted to own guns? I'm not talking about how we might enforce such a thing, I'm just asking should a guy like that be armed?
I say NO. I say the more people there are with guns the more people like this there are with guns. And that's bad news for everybody. That's why sensible people don't want guns in national parks and schools and any other place for that matter. We don't trust the gun owners. We can't distinguish between the vast majority of responsible gun owners and characters like this who can lose it over the leaves.
The Gun Guys agree with me, of course.
What's your opinion? Is this just another anomaly, another anecdotal rarity which has nothing to do with gun ownership? Or is this an increasingly prevalent part of American society?
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