To Kill a Mockingbird

What does Miss Maudie's remark tell the reader about Atticus? (Making An Inference]

In Chapter 10, After Atticus shoots a mad dog, Miss Maudie explains why Atticus, the best shot in the country, had not shot a gun in many years: "I guess he decided he wouldn't shoot till he had to..."

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If we follow the previous sentence the quote makes more sense, "I think maybe he put his gun down when he realized that God had given him an unfair advantage over most living things.." Atticus was all about fairness and respect. If he felt that he had an unfair advantage over an animal, he would not shoot them unless completely necessary.