Man Shoots Alligator Attacking His Son... Then He's Arrested?!
Sometimes we kill animals. Whether it be for food, furs, or self defense... Nothing to lose your mind over. Leftists - more specifically, conservationists - tend to disagree on that front (see Cecil the Lion's Killer Goes Free, Leftists Roar With Rage... and Chris Pratt: 'I Only Eat What I Kill.' Vegans Freak). So when this Florida man shot an alligator that attacked his son? He was thrown in the slammer. Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee...
A Sumter County man is... being charged with violating the state's alligator poaching law after he tried to protect his livestock. Reginald Blanton of Bushnell said an alligator was in the field with his horses... His son, Jack Hildreth, tried to scare it away, but that didn't work. So Blanton fired a shot at it, trying to get it to leave.
"I thought maybe if I shot one time, he would leave," Blanton said. "But he didn't. I went up and shot him four times." That's when the gator attacked Hildreth. The gator sank his teeth into Hildreth, leaving him with injuries to his knee and calf, and a broken neck...
After the FWC trapped the gator and investigated, the state attorney charged [Blanton] for possessing the alligator... He was arrested Thursday.
First off, can we take a minute to bask in the glory of this old man's badassery? We're talking about a dude in his 70's here. He wasn't about to watch his horses become gator snacks. Pretty reasonable, right? After all, the swamp beast was on his property. Not for a midday stroll...
The creature was eyeing those walking haunches of meat, and the horses too. An alligator attacking Blanton's livestock could have caused thousands of dollars in losses. Also, let's not forget that said gator went on to thrash his son. What is the Second Amendment for, if not to protect your own? Yeah, turns out the FWC thinks otherwise.
The issue at hand isn't regarding the Second Amendment per se. It's the alligator. Alligators have rights? Not exactly. Why Blanton was arrested? "Possessing the alligator." That's right. This man was arrested because he was in possession of an Alligator. An alligator which rudely invited himself onto Blanton's property for an equine snack pack, then went on to turn his son into a temporary vegetable. So according to the state of Florida, the alligator has more rights than this man has over his own property, son and livestock.
You may love the animals. We do too. Especially those of the fuzzy, four footed variety. Which is why this story is kind of a head scratcher. The man saved his horses and his son from a predatory alligator. A dangerous animal (read Dear #JusticeForHarambe Morons: No, I Don't Care About the Dead Gorilla). One that needs not be protected by conservationists, by the way. Alligators are the monster cockroaches of the south. Really, they're everywhere. But facts don't seem to matter much - a trend among leftists and bureaucrats.
Instead, this guy got punished for defending his property and family. All thanks to a silly, unnecessary law. Because conservation and stuff.