AK-47 Used During Argument About Rabbits. I am only going to concentrate on one part of this story. Bear with me for a moment, it will all become abundantly clear.

So, as the story goes, a man in Louisville, Kentucky, was sitting on his porch shooting rabbits and squirrels with an air gun that were burrowing into and eating his garden. According to Police, the man was not even shooting at the rabbits and squirrels, he was just firing near them to scare them.

The rabbit hunter’s neighbor, Rodney Wold, 64, didn’t care for his neighbor shooting towards rabbits and squirrels with an air gun or anything else for that matter. Mr. Wold, went into his house and loaded his trusty AK-47 assault rifle with nineteen rounds of ammunition and immediately came charging back out and pointed his AK-47 assault weapon at his neighbor and reportedly yelled; “If you want to hunt something, hunt men”. Seriously, I am not making this up.

Luckily, the Police arrived before anyone could get hurt and arrested Mr. Wold after finding his loaded AK-47 hidden under his mattress.

On the surface, this seems like a fairly minor disturbance between neighbors. Well, maybe the threatening your neighbor with an AK-47 is a little extreme. Now I am finally getting to the point of my story. What I want to do is show you a photo of Mr. Rodney Wold.

Rodney Wold

Rodney Wold

Seriously!!! Is this the kind of guy you want owning an AK-47 assault rifle? Obviously, Mr. Rodney Wold is competing to be the new poster child for an assault weapons ban.

I know, I know, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But come on, look at this guy!!! Specifically, look at his eyes.

I believe that the eyes are a window into the soul, so to speak. If you look at the eyes of some of the most notorious killers in the modern age you know exactly what I am talking about. Take a look at the following photos as they illustrate my point perfectly.

Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy

Theodore Robert “Ted” Bundy,  November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) was an American serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. After more than a decade of denials, he confessed shortly before his execution to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978; the true total remains unknown, and could be much higher.

Bundy was regarded as handsome and charismatic by his young female victims, traits he exploited in winning their trust. He typically approached them in public places, feigning an injury or disability, or impersonating an authority figure, before overpowering and assaulting them at a more secluded location. He sometimes revisited his secondary crime scenes for hours at a time, grooming and performing sexual acts with the decomposing corpses until putrefaction and destruction by wild animals made further interaction impossible. He decapitated at least 12 victims and kept some of the severed heads in his apartment for a period of time as mementos. On a few occasions, he simply broke into dwellings in the dead of night and bludgeoned victims as they slept.

BTK Killer

BTK Killer

Dennis Lynn Rader (born March 9, 1945) is an American serial killer who murdered ten people in Sedgwick County (in and around Wichita, Kansas), between 1974 and 1991.

He is known as the BTK killer (or the BTK strangler). “BTK” stands for “Bind, Torture, Kill,” which was his infamous signature. He sent letters describing the details of the killings to police and to local news outlets during the period of time in which the murders took place.

After a long hiatus in the 1990s through early 2000s, Rader resumed sending letters in 2004, leading to his 2005 arrest and subsequent conviction. He is serving 10 consecutive life sentences at El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas, with an earliest possible release date of February 26, 2180.

Charles Manson

Charles Manson

Charles Milles Manson (born November 12, 1934) is an American criminal and musician who led what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in California in the late 1960s. He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murders of Sharon Tate and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca carried out by members of the group at his instruction. He was convicted of the murders through the joint-responsibility rule, which makes each member of a conspiracy guilty of crimes his fellow conspirators commit in furtherance of the conspiracy’s objective.

Adam Lanza

Adam Lanza

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members in a mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut. Before driving to the school, Lanza had shot and killed his mother Nancy at their Newtown home. As first responders arrived, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

The incident is the second deadliest mass shooting by a single person in American history.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying, nor implying, that Rodney Wold is a mass murderer. As a matter of fact Mr. Wald does not even have a criminal record at all. What I am saying is that he may be headed down the same road as the notorious mass murderers  pictured above. Seriously, look at his eyes!!!

Thankfully, Mr. Wold was arrested and the AK-47 assault weapon confiscated. (I assume the police confiscated the ammunition as well). Later on Judge Donald Armstrong reduced Mr. Wold’s bond from $5,000 full cash, allowing him out of jail on his own recognizance, but the Judge ordered him not to possess any weapons.  Rodney Wold is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment.

Maybe, just maybe, the Police somehow managed to stop a rampage before it could even begin. I mean how many people come out of their house with a loaded assault weapon point it at a neighbor and yell “If you want to hunt something, hunt men”. I know, I have never experienced anything like that before. As a matter of fact if I lived next door to anyone even remotely like Mr. Wold, I would move as far away as possible at the very first opportunity, preferably, quietly, in the middle of the night. At least, maybe I would have a few hours head start.

My point to this whole convoluted story is, if someone looks insane, most likely they are. Seriously, If you lived near someone who looked like Mr. Rodney Wold, would you feel comfortable knowing that they possessed, high-powered, high-capacity,  military style assault weapons? Think about it.

As always,

I am…

Tom Dye, The Safety Guy

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