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Hunting trip murders

A dispute over a tree stand results in five deaths:

The incident began when two hunters were returning to their rural cabin on private land in Sawyer County when they saw the suspect in one of their hunting platforms in a tree, County Chief Deputy Tim Zeigle said. A confrontation and shooting followed.

It’s not known who shot first, Zeigle said.

Both hunters were wounded and one of them radioed to the cabin a quarter mile away. Other hunters responded and were shot. About 20 shots were fired, but it’s unclear who shot them, he said.

The dead included a a teenage boy and a woman, Zeigle said. A father and son were among them, he said. Some of the victims were shot more than once.

The shooter used an SKS, which the report refers to as a common hunting weapon. Obviously, they didn’t get the memo from the Violence Policy Center that this is an assault weapon even though it was not covered by the assault weapons ban. The VPC includes SKS rifles in their assault weapons statistics. I’m sure the media will correct this issue soon.

All this violence over a tree stand? The spin will start and a push for a more restrictive ban will be forthcoming. So much for the sportsmen angle.

11 Responses to “Hunting trip murders”

  1. SayUncle : And mark it Says:

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  2. SayUncle : SKS Roundup Says:

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    Given the tragic hunting trip shooting, the SKS is in the spotlight. tgirsch Says:

    this is an assault weapon even though it was not covered by the assault weapons ban

    Well, as you constantly used to rant about, the assault weapons ban didn’t actually ban assault weapons. So it’s entirely possible for an SKS to be an assault weapon without being covered by the AWB. 🙂

  3. SayUncle Says:

    Not really. An SKS typically does not have a detachable magazine, but a fixed one. As such, the AWB would not cover it.

  4. Alphecca Says:

    Weekly Check on the Bias…
    Folks, we live in dangerous times. Violence can rear-it’s-head at almost any moment, shattering the tranquility we’ve come to expect in our homes, our lives, our neighborhoods. But enough about watching the Pacers and Pistons play basketball… Yes, …

  5. Thibodeaux Says:

    This is why I don’t use the terms “assault rifle” and “assault weapon” interchangeably.

    An “assault rifle” is, always and everywhere, a selective-fire rifle chambered for an intermediate cartridge.

    An “assault weapon” is whatever the governing jurisdiction says it is at the moment.

    The SKS is most decidedly NOT an assault rifle. However, any legislative body can pass a law at any time that says it IS an “assault weapon.” This is why we need to be clear, and not use the term “assault weapon” except to identify it for the fear-mongering label that it is.

  6. tgirsch Says:


    As such, the AWB would not cover it.

    Umm, that’s what I said. I also said that if what you say is true, that the AWB didn’t actually ban assault weapons, then the fact that the AWB failed to cover an SKS doesn’t necessarily mean that the SKS is not, in fact, an assault weapon. It may not be, but I’m just sayin’…

  7. TriggerFinger Says:

    When the hunting accident isn’t an accident…

    You may have already heard of this incident wherein a “hunter” armed with an SKS rifle shot and killed 5 other hunters over a tree stand. The anti-gun crowd are already dancing
    in the blood.

    But there’s a problem with this story of a “t…

  8. Wade McCormick Says:

    Sorry we had to learn that the qualitys that made the Hmong our allies against the VC and NVA don’t translate well into a free society, you can take Salem out of the country but you can’t take the country out of Salem.

  9. Doug A. Says:

    I have been a hunter since I was 12 years old, I recieved my patch from a hunters safty course a long time ago. I was taught never fight with words in anger or when you have a weapon close to you. Things get heated. Everybody is human. Some people are just crazy. You never know! It’s good to walk away. I was in the Marines and then attended MATC for a associates degree in Police Science. I have worked in the security and law inforcement field for a long time and seen a lot of bad things. This shooting in Hayward county should never have happened. It did, I think because, one party got racial and dumb. The other party was just dumb. You don’t point guns to scare people or even in fun. This can lead towards a bad confrontation. Nore should the shooter have hunted these people down and killed them. I think the shooter might have been showing them, “I’m trained in the art of killing buy the U.S. militay”, and proved it. Which was wrong. When the smoke cleared he survived but 6 people are dead. There is a point here but it’s just to dam costly.

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