It is a sure sign the weather is really beginning to affect the stability of the human condition when everyday citizens start being pistol-whipped like wild animals in the streets of Maine.

Authorities say they are on the look out for a full-blooded male degenerate that they say severely beat another man down on Thursday night using the blunt end of a handgun. A police report indicates that the 27-year-old victim was stricken about the head and face multiple times with a gun handle before being robbed of his backpack.

When police arrived on the scene, they discovered a trail of blood on the sidewalk along with the gun used in the assault. The victim was then transported to a local hospital where he was treated for injuries that were not believe to be life threatening. Incidentally, the victim did not know his assailant, according to the report.

The act of pistol-whipping dates back to the days of the Wild West, which was often used as a violent way to get ones point across without actually having to shoot the opposition. However, this undoubtedly caused other problems, like breaking the gun so that it would no longer fire bullets or accidentally shooting oneself during the clubbing.

Interestingly, it has been proven that the long barrel of an 1860’s Colt Revolver can be whipped with enough force to kill a man. And while we doubt Maine’s latest pistol-whipping victim was beat with anything like that, we are positive that it still hurt – and real bad.