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6:34 PM Tue, Jan. 22nd

Letter: Shooting v. hiking


On Sunday afternoon my husband and I took our 2-year-old son on a walk on Trail 620 near the Doce Pit. As we walked on the old railroad bed, we heard shots and bullets hit rocks nearby. We ducked and heard bullets fly by our heads. When the firing stopped I looked at our surroundings; it was clear that someone purposefully shot at us, a man, a pregnant woman and a 2-year-old in broad daylight.

The deputy who responded to our call said there was nothing he could do and continued, “We used to party there. There’s a lot of idiots out there. You should pick a different trail next time; there shouldn’t even be a trail there.” On top of this terrifying experience, I’m appalled at this response. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the prevention of crime; the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace, order and safety; the enforcement of laws and ordinances; and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees. While safeguarding one constitutional guarantee, our county law enforcement is sacrificing five other pillars.

Telling me not to hike somewhere because people shoot their guns nearby means that someone’s right to illegally shoot at innocent people is greater than my constitutional right to walk with my family on a public trail outside of my hometown. When will our laws prioritize a person’s right to live over a person’s right to fire a weapon? What is the YCSO doing to protect my son and unborn child?

Kathleen Yetman