Anyone [left] old enough to remember the National Lampoon magazine cover that warned “Buy this magazine or we’ll kill this dog?” To say it was polarizing would be like saying gun control is a slightly contentious issue. Personally? I thought it was funny. But then it was supposed to be funny. According to nbc-2.com, this image was posted by Floridian Thomas Mcguinness on his Facebook page, along with photos where he points his gun at himself and his dog. They’ve since been removed, obvs. But not before Mr. Mcguinness made a snide remark, further angering a whole lot of people . . .
Executive Director of the Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte Sharon Thomas was almost brought to tears after seeing a Facebook post of a man holding a cat by its scruff and pointing a gun at it.
“To see something like that it just turns my stomach,” Thomas said.
The post that has been taken down was reported to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control.
“It angers us beyond belief,” Charlotte County Animal Control Division Manager Lt. Brian Jones said.
Thomas Mcguinness of Port Charlotte who is seen pointing the gun at the cat later posted: “don’t know why everybody so mad about a cat we only shot it twice.”
“That’s a confession, where I come from if we found a dead cat,” Jones said.
But . . . they didn’t. So . . . it isn’t. And that means, the government can’t touch Mr. Mcguinness – who’s agreed to an animal welfare check to show he was just funnin’. Ms. Thomas is not amused. “Just to pretend you’re doing it or to think that it’s funny in any shape or form is criminal to me.” Not a big fan of the First Amendment, I guess.
That said…really? Mr. Mcguinness has done nothing to help promote the idea that gun owners are responsible adults (who understand the importance of trigger and muzzle discipline), and much to damage it. Yes, we have a sense of humor. Yes, we support free speech. But this fails the giggle test. IGOTD all the way.