He wasn’t arrested in 2014, and God forbid we should take his guns away because that time it was “just a tragic accident.” But this time? Lock this asshole up:
William Matthew DeHayes of Ridge Manor, who turned 37 on March 17, drunkenly fired a shotgun into the air several times while standing on his front lawn on the night of his birthday, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with discharging a firearm in public, a misdemeanor.
In July 2014, DeHayes, who was living in Brooksville at the time, accidentally shot a friend’s wife in the head while showing them a “Western-style” trick, twirling a loaded gun around his finger. He told police that he didn’t think the gun was loaded.
Katherine Hoover, 25, of Inverness was rushed to the hospital, where she died early the next morning. She was five months pregnant with a child the couple planned to name Rehlin, who was surgically removed from his dying mother in an attempt to save his life but lived about 30 minutes.
Authorities ruled the shooting an accident and decided not to charge DeHayes with a crime.
A misdemeanor. That’s like, what, a fine and you’re good to go? No mandatory safety training course? No losing your guns for a certain period of time? I mean, if it was a DUI after a fatal DUI accident, this guy would probably be in jail. Hell, I don’t know the law in Florida but I do know that this guy is a walking advertisement for gun control. I just don’t get it.
One of the reasons gun control advocates support stronger penalties for negligence like MaKayla’s law is that, while it can’t prevent every accident, it might help identify the negligent and irresponsible gun owners who shouldn’t have firearms in the first place.
Repeat after me: With rights come responsibilities. With rights come responsibilities. With rights come responsibilities ….