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Man, 81, Arrested For Shooting a Deer: 2012 Year in Review

An elderly Cranford man reportedly took a shot at a deer over the summer and was taken into custody for discharging a firearm.

Editor's Note: A new year is upon us and Cranford Patch is taking a look back at a few of the stories that kept you talking, made you cry or laugh, or just had you shaking your head, asking, "Why?"

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Cranford Police took an 81-year-old man into custody on July 22 after he allegedly shot a deer outside his home on Madison Avenue.

August Savoy, 81, was arrested at 1:44 p.m. and charged with a disorderly persons offense as well as violating a township ordinance prohibiting the discharge of firearms. He was released on his own recognizance.

"The incident was called in by a neighbor who allegedly witnessed the incident," according to Lt. James Wozniak, who said this is his first recollection of a resident allegedly shooting a deer outside his home.

Wozniak added that the animal was removed from Savoy's property following the incident.

"We have a service that, when called, will come and removed the animal, which was done," the lieutenant said.

Private Citizen December 17, 2012 at 02:05 PM
How is this "2012 year in review" when it is only one story?
Camilo H. Smith (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 03:38 PM
It's a series. There'll be more.
Steve December 17, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Given the current national conversation, I would be curious to know which weapon was being discharged by Mr. Savoy . . . . I understand from the NRA Web site that hunters favor the AR-15, the same weapon used by Adam Lanza in Newtown this past Friday.
william drejka December 17, 2012 at 04:35 PM
AR 15 is a gun model available in several calibers. Some calibers are effective for deer while others are not. But what does it matter what gun type or calber? He was shooting illegally in a densely populated area. Very dangerous and ther should be penalties for this. I am a deer hunter also living in Cranford but I as well as most hunters would find this quite irresponsible to be shooting in Cranford.
Steve December 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM
It has just been reported that the Bushmaster AR-15 -- used by Adman Lanza at the Newtown massacre of twenty first-graders and seven adults -- has now been pulled from sale by WalMart, one of its principal sellers. I have posted above a picture of an ad for the Bushmaster AR-15, the civilian version of the fully automatic M-16 rifle used by the infantry in Vietnam. This ad was widely reported to have run in Maxim, a magazine directed to young men the age of Adam Lanza. The Bushmaster AR-15 was also the weapon of choice for the recent shooting at an Oregon mall that killed two people. Five months earlier, it was used by James Holmes in an attack that wounded fifty-eight people and killed twelve in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. And several years before that, a man and his teenage accomplice used a Bushmaster AR-15 to terrorize the Washington, DC, area with a series of random shootings. Does the Second Amendment necessarily provide a constitutional right to possess such military-style weapons as the AR-15? Will Senator Diane Feinstein's new gun-control legislation, to be introduced next month, protect our children from it, as well as similar assault-style, semi-automatic weapons?
Camilo H. Smith (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Hi William and Steve, Don't forget to take our poll and jump into the covo on gun control over here: http://cranford.patch.com/articles/poll-should-the-u-s-ban-high-capacity-ammo-magazines
Steve December 18, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Thanks, Camilo. I had voted yesterday. I note that almost 70% of the poll's responders favor either restrictions on high-capacity magazines, or broader bans on all assault weapons. I voted the latter. However, it is now too late to take part in the conversation there, which lacked civility and reason. It was therefore closed by Patch yesterday. I note that former Cranford mayor Dan Aschenbach posted several well-meaning and sensitive comments there yesterday calling for change in the nation before more innocent children are slaughtered by assault-style weapons. However, he was attacked for his views and derided by several opponents who were apparently against any new gun-control laws. The Patch editor closed any further comments being allowed not long after the nastiness. However, before the Patch editor closed the comments, I posted one of my own in response to someone apparently opposing any change in the nation's gun laws, pointing to a knife attack in China wounding about two dozen people. The same comment poster also challenged others to define "assault weapon" and to recite the maximum number of rounds lawfully permitted in a magazine, state by state. That poster also suggested that numerous people were saved by people using guns defensively, implying that armed civilians -- without new laws -- save lives. I repost below my response to the foregoing.
Steve December 18, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Every single victim of the recent Chinese knife attack survived. No one died. It is an excellent example of why America needs the broadest possible gun control that would still be consistent with the Second Amendment. A definition of "assault rifle" is contained in the 1994 assault-weapons ban. It is not simple, and I won't cut-and-paste it here. However, it does limit certain semi-automatic rifles having at least some of a list of enumerated characteristics (e.g., pistol grip), as outlined in the law. It is sort of a "Chinese menu" definition. Part of the problem with the 1994 act was its complexity. A new assault-weapons ban should be simpler, broader and retroactive, reaching the greatest number of weapons and designs constitutionally permissible. In any event, any such ban should include most, if not all, AR-15s, the weapon used at Newtown and Aurora, et al. The definition of a "high-capacity magazine" varies from state to state (most being greater than 10 rounds, some being much more), depending upon the adopted law. That is why the federal government should adopt a uniform law that preempts all such state laws. I would make it the smallest possible number (perhaps 10 rounds). I am unaware of the specific number of defensive lives saved by a civilian gun owner. However, in the absence of credible evidence to the contrary, it is almost certainly far less than the people who die from the offensive use of guns in domestic disputes and felonies.
Jim December 18, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Steve, There is a much bigger picture that people fail to see, and that is the social stigma in regards to mental health. From what I have read thus far, it is pretty apparent the mother was not able to obtain the help her son needed. If you go on the human rights watch website, you can search for an article in regards to mentally ill in US prisons, and the study concludes that over 50% of the US Male prison population has some form of mental illness, and nearly 75% of the female population. Regarding the Chinese knife attack, I'm going to assume that you are old enough to remember the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people including 19 children, and injured 450 others. Box trucks are still not regulated, and anyone off the street can purchase other two components. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the majority of people who scream about gun control as being the answer to all of our problems squeak through life forming simple cause/effect relationships and lack the ability to synthesize complex arguments to truly grasp a situation. The worst part about such people is that they are extremely vocal and unwilling to listen to anyone other than those who agree with them. Surely, you are not one of those people?
Steve December 18, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Some people create classic straw men, and allow the "perfect" to be the enemy of the "good." Few people -- none that I know -- argue that better gun control is the complete or perfect answer to the gun violence that now pervades our country (as opposed to most other developed countries in the world). Like a better mental-health delivery system, gun control is just one part of the "bigger picture" that requires immediate attention. Notwithstanding the belittling of gun-control advocates as people who "lack the ability to synthesize complex arguments to truly grasp a situation," there is now a growing movement among the nation's most influential and intelligent people to finally take on the difficult issues of gun control. And arguments that other weapons exist, so we shouldn't control assault-style weapons, are unavailing. It is the easy access to semi-automatic weapons to such people as children, young adults and the mentally unstable that is the problem now under national discussion. That other means exist to also commit mayhem does not relieve a civilized society of its obligation to do all in its power to control the ready availability of assault-style weapons. The availability of nuclear weapons does not obviate the need to control conventional weapons. The availability of fertilizer bombs and box cutters does not diminish in any way the need for more effective gun control.

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