Mar 27, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Firing a Shotgun at Aliens is Not Always a Good Idea

What would you do if you encountered an extraterrestrial and you were all alone? What about if you were with your family? Would your answer change if, in either case, you had a shotgun in your hands? A man in Tennessee is in trouble for firing his shotgun at space aliens. While his situation may not have been the best time to respond to an alien with a shotgun blast, there has been at least one other time when it turned out well for all (well, almost all) concerned. Let’s take a look at both.

“The suspect stated to me that the aliens have been relentlessly attacking him via telepathic communication. The suspect stated that he saw the aliens in a block storage building on the other side of his neighbor’s property. The suspect told me that he ran and got his shotgun and began shooting at the aliens.”

This week in Tennessee, a Hawkins County sheriff’s deputy responded to a call about a man firing a shotgun. The Rogersville Review reports the deputy found the shooter, Jamie Lee McGuire, who confirmed he fired the shots … at “aliens” of the space kind who were telepathically communicating with him McGuire didn’t say what the “aliens” told him that prompted the shooting, but he admitted to the deputy that a) he had smoked meth the previous night, and b) he smokes meth because “it helps block the telepathic communication from aliens.” This was obviously not a good time to fire a shotgun at aliens – McGuire is in Hawkins County jail on a $5,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing.

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Shotgun aliens good not.

So, when might it be a GOOD time to fire a shotgun at space aliens?

“On the evening of August 21, 1955, five adults and seven children arrived at the Hopkinsville police station claiming that small alien creatures from a spaceship were attacking their Kelly, KY farmhouse and they had been holding them off with gunfire “for nearly four hours”. Two of the adults claimed they had been shooting at “twelve to fifteen” short, dark figures who repeatedly popped up at the doorway or peered into the windows.”

This sounds like a clear-cut case of family members protecting their loved ones from space aliens – and the local police in this case seemed to agree. In fact, a LOT of people agreed – the incident was picked up by the national media, rumored to have been investigated by the Air Force, and considered by ufologists to be one of the most significant and well-documented UFO and aliens cases in history. Not wanting to let a good thing go to waste, local residents began honoring the “Kelly incident” in 2005 – the 50th anniversary -- with an annual Kelly Little Green Men Festival in Kelly just north of Hopkinsville. Said to be “Enjoyed by aliens all over the universe!”, the festival was a quirky rural event until 2017 when it was coincidentally in the direct path of a total eclipse and received international (and possibly intergalactic) media coverage. The coronavirus pandemic cancelled the 2021 event but the Kelly Little Green Men Festival is expected to return this year.

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There won't be a reenactment, will there?

One shotgun blast aimed at space aliens lands the shooter in jail. Another puts a small town on the map and provides an annual boost to the local economy.

What would YOU do?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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