Pilot apologizes for firing rifles from helicopter
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A pilot has apologized for shooting rifles with friends from a low-flying helicopter in Charlestown.I loved this part especially:
The Westerly Sun reports (http://bit.ly/19e1ZlR ) that Dean F. Scalera said he "apologized up and down" and promised it won't happen again.
Charlestown Police Sgt. Philip B. Gingerella Sr. reported that when he asked Scalera why he thought it was a good idea to fire guns in a populated area, Scalera said the helicopter was low enough to be safe and he knew of pilots in other areas who have done the same thing.Now, first off, as long as they were firing safely, I certainly don't think they were doing anything wrong. It's just... Rhode Island? I'm just trying to figure out how they thought they *wouldn't* attract all sorts of attention with something like that.
"In Rhode Island?" Gingerella asked.
"No, Texas," Scalera replied.
Gingerella replied, "This is Rhode Island, not Texas."
Now, when I was out in Colorado last year, there was an abandoned car that some folks were shooting at. It's in the middle of a field with literally miles of empty space around it. Had we had access to a helicopter, we could certainly have shot at the car from it. Heck, we blew up a refrigerator with tannerite and no one noticed. But the basic difference is that we were in Colorado, not Rhode Island...
It just goes to show that "hold my beer and watch this s**t" is universal and not limited to any geographic locality...
That is all.