In today’s hectic, fast-paced world, you want your home – more than ever – to be a haven. Just like Superman, you need a fortress of solitude, a place to retreat, relax and recharge. Mary Ashley’s problem was that her neighbors weren’t really on board with the whole peace and quiet thing. Their version of R&R apparently includes friends and music. More music than Mary was willing to endure. Which was probably why she broke out her rifle on Saturday night . . .
She’d apparently had just about enough when she lugged her long gun out onto her porch to confront the partiers next door.
According to an arrest report, when deputies arrived on scene, a group of people was standing outside and advised deputies that the next-door neighbor, Ashley threatened them to turn their music down before pointing a rifle at them from her porch.
Ashley told (police) that she gets annoyed with her neighbors because they play loud music, according to reports.
But when pressed, the 61-year-old denied pointing her rifle at her noisy neighbors.
Ashley denied threatening anyone with her rifle and that she pointed her wooden cane at them.
That explanation wasn’t ultimately persuasive. Ashley was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. Like so many gun owners, Mary no doubt owns (more likely now in the past tense) the gun for personal protection, but that doesn’t include fending off a musical intrusion. That’s why the cops are there. So she’ll now have to replace her rifle with our IGOTD award. It may not be as intimidating, but it makes a great conversation piece.