On my way to work Sunday, I passed a guy walking along Falcon Drive carrying a rifle. He waved at me, and I waved at him, although I was sure I hadn’t seen him before. But waving is a friendly thing to do, even if one of the wavers is carrying a rifle.
You don’t often see people in town walking down a street in the city carrying a rifle. In fact, I can only remember one other time seeing that, and the guy carrying the rifle was a police officer in another city where I worked, and he was crouched over, as though he might be getting ready to shoot somebody. That was his job, of course, so I didn’t have to do much worrying. And, he wound up not having to shoot anybody, or duck any bullets himself.
The guy I passed on Sunday who was carrying a rifle didn’t appear to be a police officer. Neither did he appear to be a hunter. He was dressed in a T-shirt and jeans. Did he have a hat on? I can’t remember. I would make a terrible eyewitness.
I pondered, while driving to the office, why the fellow I passed on Sunday was carrying that rifle. Even if he did happen to be a hunter, you can’t hunt in town. Besides, about the only thing you can hunt on Falcon Drive is gophers or ground squirrels. Maybe he was carrying it to a friend’s house, to show it off, or return it.
If the gun was not loaded, he wasn’t breaking the law, as I understand it. I couldn’t tell whether it was loaded or not, but it was a pretty serious-looking gun. I hope he wasn't on his way to shoot somebody.
Briefly, I thought about calling 911, but I’m not sure what I would have said. He hadn’t shot at me. All he had done was wave, and I had waved back. Besides, I don’t think he would have waved if he had been on his way to shoot somebody. Wavers tend to be nice people, even if they are packing a rifle.