To Kill a Mockingbird

atticus cuts off heck tate as he is speaking to jen. what might heck have beenbabout to say and why would atticus stop him

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Old Tim Johnson the neighbourhood rabid dog is on the lose. Atticus shoots him from far away. Heck Tate is about to elaborate on how good a shot their daddy is when Atticus stops him. Atticus does not want to be known for anything to do with guns. Guns are a symbol of violence and Atticus is also a humble man. Miss. Maudie tells the kids that at one time, Atticus was known as "one shot Finch".