Brad Galloway age 14 was fatal wounded during a Dec 28, 2003 hunting trip.
Gary Galloway age 47 shot and killed his son, mistaking him for a deer.
Niether was wearing HUNTER ORANGE OR HUNTER GREEN.
Firearm ownership suspended for life.
Endangering the welfare of a minor.
Lifetime hunting license suspendtion.
This is the second time Gary Galloway has shot someone during hunting.
His first victim was Tom Clark age 72 in 1988, fatilly shot and killed while turkey hunting. Mr. Clark was shot in the face, neck and hand.
What idiot let this stupid person walk the first time.
Geez I dont understand how someone cannot know what they are shooting at?
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Bad thing is we will be the ones to suffer, this just gives the anti's more amo..I knew a kid and his brother got shot at the same time and their friend said it was an accident..1 brother died and the other wont allow himself to pic up a gun and hunt ever again, but the s.o.b. that shot them still hunts like nothing ever happened..this guy and anyone else that kills someone by shooting at them while hunting or committing a crime should be put to death,, i'm sorry but if u are not sure don't aim at it.I they use the accident statement as an excuse to shoot someone, they should be tried as a criminal, and if they are in the middle of commiting a crime they are no good to start with!
How about yanking their hunting and firearm ownership and/or usage privileges for life? Then, in the first case where the person was a second time offender he gets jailtime also.
What about this scenario? About 10 years ago hunting on public land my buddy did something stupid. He was trying to jump deer and was moving through some VERY thick, tall weeds (in blaze orange btw) but you couldn't see him from 10 yards away because of the stuff he was walking thru. Eventually he did jump a deer. And it just so happened that ANOTHER HUNTER was close by and shot at the running deer several times - NEVER SEEING MY BUDDY. The slugs zinged within feet of my buddy as he must have put himself in-between the deer and the other hunter. Neither knowing the other was there.
One could argue that the other hunter broke the safety rule of not knowing what was beyond his target. But, he saw no blaze orange and wasn't shooting at my buddy (thinking it was a deer). He was simply shooting at a deer and he didn't even know my buddy was there. The thick stuff was thick enough to diminish his view after ten yards, yet there wasn't big enough trees in there to stop a slug.
What IF he did take out my buddy by accident? Was it his fault? Did he do something stupid? I don't think so. I think my buddy did something stupid that he didn't even realize at the time was putting himself in danger.
Lesson learned: DON'T PUT YOURSELF IN THE THICK STUFF ON PUBLIC LAND.
You'd think it would at least be involuntary manslaughter!
Marty, it would seem to me both your buddy and the hunter would be a fault. Your buddy, for putting himself in a possibly dangerous location and the hunter for not be certain of what was beyond his target. I'd put more fault on the hunter, though, because what your buddy was doing wasn't going to hurt another person. What the hunter did could very well have killed your buddy.
It's not just public land that happens on, either. There are way too many 'hunters' who think that 'No Hunting' sign doesn't apply to them.
Not that it really matters, but the first man he shot was not killed. He was wounded with no permenant damage and is alive.
He lost his son. I don't think anything else you do to him will much matter to him. At least it would'nt to me. If I lost my son like that you might as well take away my guns before I stick one in my mouth.
RE shooting your own son: I'd most likely be the same way. To lose a son would bring incomprehensible pain. To be the one to take his life would be unbearable.....
Maybe our laws failed this man and society the first time by not punishing him for the hunting accident that hurt the other hunter. Well, not maybe, as it DID fail. But call it fate or whatever, this time his mistake finds him being punished in the ultimate way. Its really such a shame it happened, no matter how you look at it. Very sad indeed.
As far as the guy having the slugs rip past him...Ive had it happen to me, too. I know a guy who was hit, ready...in the belt buckle, while pushing corn fields! He was ok, but no law couldve protected him, really. You have to understand and accept that you take a certain amount of risk when going afield, plain and simple. As long as you are on the ground and shoot parallel to the ground to hit a known target such as a deer, you risk a pass through or other things happening that COULD possibly endanger another. Its just the way it is. We can only attempt to MINIMIZE it by using common sense and safety.
You always read these stories (albeit very few/statistically hunting is still one of the safest sports), and you think "what IDIOTS!". But the above scenario that I mentioned and the one Bill mentioned could have happened to anybody. If you would've seen the terrain and the situation at hand, a LOT of things had to fall into place for those slugs to come so close. Luckily, they didn't...
it happened in 1988 this is 2004, 16 years. even at 88 years of age.
Odd the first one happened in 88 and the victum is 88 this year.
I guess we have to put faith in our judicial system as flawed as it is sometimes. Some say it is the best in the world. I tend to agree it might have been years ago, but since the teeth have been taken out of it by all the liberal socialist politicians we have representing us and the weak judges we have sitting benches. As Bill says there is always some risk that we need to accept in everything we do in life if we choose to do them. Every time I get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive on our public roads I place my life at risk as well as those that are with me. Not because I am a bad driver but because the risk is ever present for harm to rear its ugly head. People die every day from accidents, or mistakes, or bad judgements. The ultimate judgement was passed on this guy when he pulled the trigger on that fateful day as now he must live with that mistake for the rest of his life...killing his own son while doing something he probably loved. I believe this happened not long ago in NY and the father did put the gun in his mouth within minutes of finding out he had killed his own son. I personally can't even imagine the sick feeling that would overwhelm someone if this were to happen as a result of their own unsafe actions or even in a true accident.
I say to the guy who is willing to get out the lynch rope, maybe you should move to Iran or Turkey where they cut the hands off thieves and the tongues out of those who lie.