Now, I ask you - what is different about this story?
Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy during a February run near Austin.
Perry said he will carry his .380 Ruger — loaded with hollow-point bullets — when jogging on trails because he is afraid of snakes. He'd also seen coyotes in the undeveloped area.
Generally, the average reporter can't tell a full auto from a semi-auto, nor an assault rifle from a semi auto lookalike, and generally if it goes bang and isn't a handgun, it's automatically a full auto AK47 no matter what the truth is.
But not here - we have most of the pertinent information us gunnies really want to know - it's a Ruger in .380 caliber. It's also laser sighted and loaded with hollow points. This, in and of itself, is a major breakthrough for the AP. Yeah, it happened in Texas, where this sort of thing doesn't attract a second glance, but it was still the frikkin' AP of all things.
Not that they don't need a little more work - what bullet weight were those lethal little pills? Was the laser sighting system made by Crimson Trace? Was the Ruger shooting the short nines a model LCP? How many shots? Any head shots? What kind of range were we talking about?
But, it beats having the gun ID'd as some Saturday Night Special strictly designed to kill nuns, widows and orphans - and puppies. Coyote puppies.
Count the blessings we have - but keep pushing!