Police arrested a man who approached a group of children with a gun, and then fired the gun into the air. According to WITN, Greenville, North Carolina’s NBC affiliate, police report that there was a dispute between some people, and, as a result of the dispute, Marlo Bailey fired his shotgun into the air.
The station reports that the dispute actually started several days ago, between a 12-year old and a 14-year old. Then today, the mother of the younger child and the stepmother of the older child continued the dispute. It isn’t known why they felt they had to continue it. When the father of the 14-year old came home from work, he left his car with a shotgun, approached the group of children (which included the 12-year old), and fired it into the air.
The children say he didn’t point it at them. There’s very little information about this right now. But this isn’t responsible gun ownership in any sense of the term. A gun fired into the air is still dangerous, and a gun in the hands of an angry person is even more dangerous. What might have happened if one of the children decided to try and grab that gun from him? Or if they’d made him angrier?
One could speculate that he was just trying to give the 12-year old a warning, but why did he have to use a gun to do it? There’s no reason he couldn’t have acted like an adult and tried to talk to the parents of the 12-year old child with whom his child was having a problem.
This is what our “Moar Gunz” culture is leading us to: People using guns to settle disputes and issue warnings, and to just flat-out express anger. People also use guns to try and scare other people, when there is no cause for that. WITN reports that Marlo Bailey was arrested and charged with going armed to the terror of the public, and for firing a gun within city limits. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.
Here’s the video:
h/t WITN Greenville, NC