“Autumn Lee Kaufmann, 21, of the 800 block of Stone Church Drive in Upper Mount Bethel, at 1:15 a.m. Sunday allegedly began fighting with her boyfriend at her home over a social media posting,” lehighvalleylive.com reveals. The police report doesn’t specify the exact nature of her boyfriend’s Facebook post. The digital micro-aggression was egregious enough to trigger Ms. Kaufmann’s temper, which soon turned violent . . .
“Pennsylvania State Police in Belfast say Kaufmann punched the man in the head several times and pointed a .243-caliber hunting rifle at him.”
The .243 Winchester cartridge is an extremely versatile necked-down .308 round. Depending on how many grains of powder are on board,.243 Winchester’s a good choice for offing small varmints up to most things four-legged. As for ruining the day of a two-legged (I’m thinking) three-sheets-to-the-wind Facebook blabbermouth, yeah, that’ll do (pig). And here’s the kicker:
Kaufmann alleges in court records the couple was “just joking around” and they point rifles at each other “all the time.”
You know that Safety Rule that says “never point a firearm at something you’re not willing to destroy”? I have a sneaking suspicion that both Ms. Kaufmann and her boyfriend were following that one. Anyway, as long as you don’t put your finger on the trigger, the other Four Gun Safety Rules don’t apply, amirite? (Hint: no I’m not.)
If this little contretemps had happened in New York, Ms. Kaufmann’s statement about the couple’s rifle pointing habit would have led to the immediate seizure of all firearms involved. As it stands, it looks like Kaufmann’s love interest keeps his rifle, while his main squeeze faces charges of simple assault, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and harassment.
I wonder if Kaufmann’s boyfriend will post a link to this post on his Facebook page. You know; in the interests of firearms safety. Would it help if we sent some IGOTD hardware for his mantlepiece? Messenger me! It’s the responsible thing to do!