Serving the heart of California since 1892

The Madera Tribune

Man with rifle raises questions

Most newspaper content here is incomplete. Want it all? Sooner? Subscribe to our full print and online editions by calling (559) 674-4207 and get both for the price of one!

webmaster | 03/25/13

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.


comments powered by Disqus