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Before we do anything else, hit the soundtrack, Maestro!

Some of you won’t want to hear this, but there are plenty of good reasons for controlling the legal availability of firearms. For instance, if a certain Pennsylvanian didn’t own a gun, he wouldn’t have been able to shoot one of his kinfolk in the shoulder because he thought she was a skunk. She was actually a little girl dressed up as something or other for a Halloween party.

New Sewickley Township police say the girl was over a hillside and wearing a black costume and a black hat with a white tassel. Chief Ronald Leindecker says a male relative mistook her for a skunk and fired a shotgun, hitting her in the shoulder Saturday night.

Scarily, alcohol was not involved. I say scarily because that means there’s at least a sporting chance that he’s like this all the time.

The girl’s condition wasn’t available at press time, but she was alert and talking on her way to the hospital, so that’s nice.

Police say they’re not sure if charges will be laid. Uh…guys? Sure it was an accident, but he kind of shot somebody here. Ok, forget kind of. He shot somebody. Yes she’s ok, but…he shot a little kid! At the very least we should be looking at careless use of a firearm.

If the authorities come to their senses at some point, I’ll let you know.

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