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  •  Some do, unfortunately, get a gun but don't (10+ / 0-)

    Learn how to handle it. My brother did use bad judgement--given what happened, nobody could disagree. But he also does have training. He ignored things that our father raised us to do...I have no clue if he broke guidelines of the NRA or similar groups, but I doubt it, since they encourage people to keep guns loaded at times.

    “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty Also, I moved from NYC, so my username is inaccurate.

    by jeff in nyc on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 05:08:53 PM PDT

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    •  The bottom line is that we are humans and errors (4+ / 0-)

      will happen, there's no other way as long as we're humans.  I am all for people having their guns if they wish, but they should certainly be trained. This accident that happened to your brother is unfortunate, but I believe it to be just an accident (based on your knowledge of his training/abilities); yet if all firearms owners are as well prepared as your brother we would see much less carnage due to "accidents" (I put it in quotes because in many cases, and I am excluding your brother, it is clear negligence).

      Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

      by DefendOurConstitution on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 05:19:30 PM PDT

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      •  There was even the occassional (1+ / 0-)
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        "negligent discharge" in Iraq, even with clearing barrel's before coming onto the base. It happens; you have the best of training and do the best you can and even among experts things sometimes fall through the cracks.

      •  No. There are no accidents. (3+ / 0-)

        Have said this before; will say it again.

        And too, there are no "stray bullets" despite the common use of that term.

        Any time a projectile leaves the muzzle of a gun it is well on the way to somewhere.


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