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Amish buggy horse killed in drive-by shooting in Pennsylvania ~ Video

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A horse pulling a buggy with an Amish family aboard in rural Pennsylvania was struck by a bullet fired from a moving car and later died, police said on Tuesday.

No people were injured in the drive-by shooting, which occurred on Sunday in the village of Ronks in the heart of Lancaster County's Amish country, said Lieutenant Robin Weaver of the East Lampeter Township Police Department.

The buggy was about a mile from home when the two adults and three children aboard heard a loud crack, police said.

"At the time, they believed it was a firecracker," Weaver said. "They didn't realize it was a gunshot."

The family continued home, where they realized the animal had been injured.

"When they got to the farm, the farmer noticed blood from the horse's mouth," Weaver said. The horse died before a veterinarian arrived.

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The Amish are OUTED and I think it's over for them.

The world of Hollywood producers has finally really latched onto them. Documentaries, reality shows of Amish kids going wild, now we have Vanilla Ice Goes Amish or something and worse, Amish Mafia (I saw this all on a channel guide).

This formerly deep conservative religious tradition is being commodified and turned into food for this media-junkie world. Which ultimately wants to see us all in a cage fight with Roseanne and officiated over by Jerry Springer. And this world will excrete them as it does all else.

If you knew them you loved them and if you didn't at this point you probably never will.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

No Joke: Flag Blackened And At Half Mast

I was reminded of a post I made recently here:


I cite a blog entry that did a wonderful job reminding us of the voluntary model this fully functioning nonaggression society offers to prove anarchist principles as a real world example.


Sadly, this means the fluorescent orange slow moving traffic triangle might just as well be replaced by black and yellow concentric circles, as I'm afraid you are right; they are targeted.

The Amish are good, hard-working people who just want.....

.....to be left alone to live their lives as they think life should be lived. This is a real shame, and exemplifies the discrimination the Amish are subjected too.

Thanks for posting.

I couldn't agree more.

The people disagreeing with you assume that people should be understanding and think about the consequences of their actions. There is an alarming number of people raised by cable/satellite television and the indoctrination system whom are incapable of feeling empathy. There are several generations now dominating the planet that have trouble seeing outside of their own little narcissistic worlds and will shoot a peaceful god fearing person's horse for holding up their day. It sucks but evidentially thats how it is where this happened, a passing lane every couple miles would certainly help ease tension between the Amish and the idiots.

EDIT: This was supposed to be a response to Rogersan below. Whoops.

Good Heavens!

This is such a horrible crime. And I know the Amish will have forgiven the person and will not seek to take it any further. That is their way.

Contrary to popular belief, the Amish do pay taxes, so on highly traveled roads, perhaps an alternate road would be a good idea.

And please - no "who would build the roads" jokes.

And please forgive me for not also writing about their horse. It is indeed a crime and horrible one at that. What is also amazing to me is that their horse continued pulling the buggy when it was another mile to their home after being shot.

Ron Paul is My President

When animals feel bad they

When animals feel bad they tend to want to go home.


Disgusting, But Not Suprised

I live in Lancaster County alongside the Amish and Mennonite families. In the five years since moving here, my experience with these people has been nothing but pleasant, unlike the experience I have had with the "English" people in the area. In five years time, the everyday "English" have ignored, snubbed, and have been downright nasty to the "newcomers" (my family), however the Amish and Mennonite families have been very kind, helpful, and honest.

In my opinion, the "English" are jealous of these people. Unfortunately we see similar stories like this every week in our local news outlets. The really scary part is the fact that the Amish are really afraid of the coming financial collapse (which they are very aware of). There fear is that the "English" will enslave them when the grocery stores no longer provide the needed food for their existence because they are the only ones left that can grow and produce food.

I envy you tonton

It's always a pleasure for me to hear from people like you who live in the county and respect the Amish/Mennonite people.

I used to sell exclusively to Amish and Mennonite business owners from 1996 to 2000. I made a fortune because I had a product they all wanted and they referred me to hundreds of their friends from Delaware all the way out to Shipshewana and Evanston Indiana.
I sold every qualified Amish/Mennonite business in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

You just gave me an idea for new business.
An armed security service for Amish farmers to keep the 'rabid Englishmen' from attacking them.
Hire a bunch of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans and get a bunch of suburbans with signs and logos.

The Amish can afford to write the check because most manage money very well.

Great Idea, Unfortunately...

The Amish are pacifists, and I'm not sure they would pay for an armed security force, but hey, if you can sell it, more power to you! Something tells me, though, if they are threatened with bodily harm upon themselves or loved ones, they will defend themselves (albeit very quietly).

Please don't envy me, I only treat others as I wish to be treated in return. Unfortunately, the "modern" people around here treat everyone like crap! It seems to me the collective morality in this world (not just this country) is in the virtual gutter, and the governments of the world do nothing but perpetuate this type of behavior by pitting each and every socioeconomic "class" against each other. Weather it be religion, race, politics, or any other "difference" you may have with your neighbor, I guarantee there is a lobbyist pushing an agenda to any number of government agencies to further this divide, and the boneheads (in government) fall for it.

Hopefully, there soon will be an awakening event, which I strongly prefer to be peaceful, that will spur a moral and ethical change in the minds of the normal citizenry to reject any divisive talk or legislation, but I guess that's just wishful thinking...

Amish don't drive cars

Amish don't drive cars either.
But I know Amish who own trucks.
They just hire drivers.
And you know about all the Amish car services in every settlement

and tv

Ive installed satellite tv/internet for a few amish folk. It felt awkward, in that I felt as if I was contributing to a moral decay that I am already indoctrinated into.

Sadly, they tip well...

Where's Harrison Ford when you need him?

It would be great to have a "ringer" dressed as an Amish person, and then go nuclear on the scum who bait and hurt such pacifist people.

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin


Unfortunately TPTB will send Danny Glover in to clean up the mess.


he's "too old for that sh!t." ;)

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

Just an observation

Is it me or is there a mile of cars behind that buggy? I wonder why there are not alternative paths on the side of the roads for the Amish. It seems like tension could arise with the clashing of two worlds.

My 2 centavos.

Just you.

luckily you aren't a forensic expert.

I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.

horrible observation

If you don't like the way buggies hose up the road, then don't move to Amish country.

Let a poor man be.

Buggy Hater!

Buggy Hater!

I pray the psycopathic scum that did this is brought to justice

Horses have been an important blessing that freed man towards advancements through out the centuries, an innocent and loving beast. No only are they valuable servants, horses are often valuable family members. Horses can teach us responsibility and are now used for therapy to help troubled folks such as kids, veterans, etc.
"The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man..." - Winston Churchill