“He goes ‘Nobody’s getting out of here alive. I got 24 rounds for my shotgun, I plan using them all.'” That’s Doug Snarski recounting for kxly.com what Sean Parsons shouted after breaking into his house in Honeymoon Bay, Washington. Parsons’ ex is Snarski’s current and she was there with him early Sunday morning. In fact Parsons had recently received a no-contact restraining order but somehow that didn’t make much of an impression on him . . .
Parsons had decided they both needed killing and wasn’t going to be dissuaded. Snarski tried to defuse the situation, but Parsons was having none of it.
“I’m trying to talk him down, just leave, don’t worry about it, it’ll be OK but he was on a mission to kill,” he said.
After sending a couple of loads of buckshot up toward Snarski on the second floor, Parsons started climbing the stairs.
“I just laid on the ground around the corner and watched his shadow come up with the lights and as soon as I knew he had hit that last step I just pointed up and let him have it,” he said.
It was the first time Snarski ever fired his revolver.
Parsons dropped like a bag of bricks and assumed room temperature shortly thereafter.
Familiarizing yourself with your gun and regular practice are certainly good things. Who wouldn’t want to know their means of self defense will go bang and they can hit what they’re aiming at when they really need to? But the Second Amendment doesn’t mention anything about range qualification. And it doesn’t mandate that gun owners demonstrate basic competency. Who knows if Doug Snarski could have even qualified to own a gun in a less gun-friendly state than Washington.
But Snarski and his girlfriend are alive today because he was able to have a revolver in his home – one he’d never even fired before. As Snarski said, “I mean nobody wants to kill anybody but it came down to either me or him.”