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I am a lifelong liberal and a Democrat, and I have lived in El Dorado County for 30 years. In the late 80s, I got home from work after dark, and my teen daughter ran out to my car to tell me about the “man screaming in the woods.” We lived in a cabin on a dark, dirt road. It felt very remote and that did not seem like a such good thing considering the “man.” He alternated between “I’m dying, I’m dying, please help me,” and “I’ll kill you, you blank, you and your blank blank old lady!”
I was terrified and immediately called 911 and told the operator that there was a man screaming about killing someone. When she asked where was this man, I replied, “in the woods, the woods.” The patient 911 operator asked just where were these woods and I managed to calm down.
The screaming kept up for 40 minutes and only stopped when the patrol car pulled up, lights flashing and radio on speaker. The deputies were very polite, but since there was no more screaming there was not much that they could do. They agreed to walk out with me into the direction the noise had been coming from. They walked ahead of me and suggested I put down my dog, a Manchester terrier, to help locate the bad guy. I set Trixie down and she immediately knew who the bad guys were, the two deputy sheriffs, and went after them with a lot of vigor, but not much effect, since she weighed about 10 pounds. I caught the dog, apologized and they headed back to their car. I asked what was I supposed to do if the man returned, and one replied, “You have a dog, don’t you, and a gun?”
Since then I have lived safely both here in Placerville and out in remote areas. I still keep a shotgun, and my dog is a 110-pound German Shepard that likes officers of the law. I completely support the Second Amendment. And I believe that all of us who can and want to, should have a dog and a gun. I do not, however, see any need to open carry or to shoot guns into the air to celebrate the 4th of July.