Man's Past Has Nothing To Do With Shooting

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Editor:

It infuriates me to read that Grant Kuenzli's past has anything to do with a man armed with a brown belt in karate, a 5-foot aluminum hiking stick and a 10 mm cannon, loaded with hollow point bullets, designed to blow a hole right through a person, and chooses to use the cannon as a first line of defense.

Remember, the only other witness to this shooting was unarmed and is now dead.

Fish's attorney would have you believe it's OK to shoot and kill a man because he had a history of depression in the past. I knew Grant and he was not depressed. Three hundred people in Payson signed a petition attesting to Grant's demeanor. No one thought him to be depressed or crazy, but rather a mild mannered, animal-loving person.

Grant did not live out of his car as the article stated. Grant was camping out in the forest. He had a residential address. That just happened to be the same as mine.

How many people in this country suffer from depression? Does that give justification to terminate their lives? How many attempt suicide each day (key word, "attempt")? Does that give us reason to kill them? Or is it a cry for help? Was Fish aware that Grant was depressed, when he fired those bullets into Grant's chest?

I want to know what Fish's history is. One of his former students stated he wasn't surprised by his actions.

If opinions really mean anything, try this one on for size: as Grant ran full speed down the rock-embedded trail, he lost his footing and was waving his arms, frantically trying to regain his balance. A look of fear in his eyes because he knew he was going to crash onto the rocks.

After shooting at the dogs, Fish drops his hiking stick, turns toward Grant and fires off two rounds, striking Grant in the chest, Grant falls to the ground at Fish's feet, still alive, begging for help. Fish lowers his cannon to within one foot of Grant's chest and fires the fatal round, ending any possibility of Grant being a witness and testifying against him.

There is no secret that the one thing that is taught, but not written, in the concealed-weapon, self-defense class is, if you shoot someone, make certain they're dead; otherwise, they will own you.

John J. McCauley, Payson

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