05.15.08 10 years ago 25 Comments

Rhonda Shope, a 45-year-old spectator at a softball game in North Carolina, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after she pulled a gun out in the stands.  Surprisingly, the reason was NOT bad umpiring.

Witnesses say it all started when Shope's 20 year old son got into a fight on the field. Shope told police she was worried her son would get hurt so she pulled out a gun and started waving it in the air. Seth Adams was playing in the game when the incident happened. "I heard, 'I've got a gun if y'all don't break it up.'"

Seriously: I love the South. 

Shope is also charged with going armed to the terror of the people, carrying a concealed weapon, no operators license, and child abuse because her 9 year old daughter was with her at the game.

Wait.  Did they really just say "going armed to the terror of the people"?  I've actually never heard of that one before, and believe me: I know my gun-related crimes.  You'd be surprised by how many states have laws against violating sheep with a shotgun barrel.

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