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Eight of 29 guns discovered in carry on bags by TSA agents at airports around the country last week.
Eight of 29 guns discovered in carry on bags by TSA agents at airports around the country last week.
An extraordinarily tough week for the kids this time around, with 13 accidentally shot, and a number of very young ones among the victims. Nine of the 13 were under age 10, and five of them were pre-schoolers. One of the victims was identified only as a child, so we can only guess how old he or she was. It could've been worse, of course. One of our "home invasion" shootings involved a stray bullet sent through the window of a home daycare. A total of six lucky Americans were gifted a freedom projectile by neighbors or other area patriots last week.

The other big total, surprising no one, was the number people who accidentally shot themselves: 23 of them.

Among those failing to live up to the expectations we have for safe gun practices from those who carry in public there were: 1) a man who left his weapon within reach of his young son while trying on a new holster at a Bass Pro Shop in Oklahoma City (both were shot for their trouble); 2) a woman who left her loaded weapon in the bathroom of a Red Robin restaurant in Milford, CT; 3) an anatomy student (or just a Buffalo Wing fan) who accidentally shot himself in the parking lot of Hooters in San Antonio; 4) a gentleman who accidentally fired his weapon inside a Cherry Hill, NJ office building, and; 5) someone who left a loaded gun hidden in a sock among the clothes donated to a Chicago thrift shop, which was accidentally fired by a worker who shook it loose, killing a coworker.

It was an otherwise "normal" week, though, with our regular assortment of gun cleaning accidents, dropped guns, accidental family shootings, etc. I'll just let the list, found below the fold, speak for itself.

  1. PERRIS, CA, 2/15/14: On Feb. 15, a stray bullet believed to have originated from BLM land struck a house in a neighborhood near the range. Sgt. Stephen Brosche, of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, said the .30-06 round lodged in a wall of a house on Loch Rae Court about 8:45 a.m. The resident was home at the time, but no one was hurt. He said deputies were unable to locate the shooter.
  2. LAKEWOOD, OH, 2/25/14: A Lakewood man accused of letting an assault rifle discharge into a neighbor's house was arraigned in Lakewood Municipal Court Tuesday morning. Robert Ledinsky faces charges of improperly securing a firearm and allowing a firearm to discharge within the city limits. The morning of Feb. 25, an Armin Avenue woman found what appeared to be a bullet hole in her closet, according to a police report. She told police she looked on the outside of her house and found what appeared to be more bullet holes, the report said. Officers questioned her neighbors, and found Ledinsky's AK-47 had accidentally discharged days earlier and left the bullet holes, according to the report. Ledinsky was cited and the rifle was confiscated, the report said.
  3. MENOMONIE, WI, 2/25/14: A 23-year-old Menomonie man shot himself in the hand on Feb. 25 after testing out his new 9mm handgun. The man had finished shooting and was trying to lock part of the gun when his hand slipped off the slide and the gun went off. He wasn’t sure how the gun fired, but the bullet went through a fleshy part of the palm and did not hit any bones.
  4. FRUIT HEIGHTS, UT, 2/27/14: The Davis County sheriff is warning parents of the importance of talking to their children about gun safety after some elementary-age children discovered a loaded gun in a field and it went off. The boys were playing in the area of 400 South, west of U.S. 89, on Feb. 27 when they discovered the handgun. “This is one of those rare occasions that the kids found it before we did,” Sheriff Todd Richardson said. Investigators said one of the children pointed the gun at a fence and pulled the trigger. The gun didn’t immediately fire, but it went off when the boy lowered the gun to his side. Nobody was injured, deputies said, and the event resulted in the kids running home to tell their parents. It remained unclear who left behind the weapon.
  5. WEST PENSACOLA, FL, 3/01/14: An Escambia County family is mourning the loss of a toddler tonight after an accidental shooting. It happened around 10:30 this morning at a home on Fairfield drive near Eliasberg street. Deputies say a 2-year-old child was accidentally shot. Few details are being released right now. We don't know if the child was a boy or a girl or who actually fired the gun. UPDATE: Investigators say the boy accidentally shot himself in the head after getting hold of a handgun Saturday morning at a home on South Fairfield Drive. So far there is no word of any arrests being made.
  6. DALLAS, TX, 3/01/14: Police say a 9-year-old Dallas girl is in critical condition after she was struck by a stray bullet around 11:30 a.m. Saturday in her home on the 400 block of W. Yarmouth St. The bullet appeared to have come from a target-practicing neighbor in the yard next-door, authorities said. The shot, from a handgun, apparently went through the kitchen window of the home the girl lives in, striking her. Police reports from the incident suggest the girl was struck in the head. The girl, who has yet to be named, was transported to Children’s Medical Center, and is in critical condition at this time. Police have identified Cristian Manzano, 20, as the suspect in the shooting. Formal charges against Manzano have yet to be announced. Police reports show that Manzano was arrested for assault injury to a child and discharge of a weapon. Manzano was booked into the Dallas County Jail at 5:13 p.m. Saturday. UPDATE: Twice last year, the 20-year-old man who police say accidentally shot a 9-year-old girl in the head on Saturday was caught unlawfully carrying a handgun, according to police records. Cristian Manzano had been on probation for less than a month when authorities say he fired a 9mm handgun at a fence while doing target practice. A bullet fired from Manzano’s gun hit a glass window and struck Jasmine Contreras in the forehead, police records state.
  7. AUSTIN, TX, 3/01/14: A man killed at Club Zota, in Southeast Austin, earlier this month was apparently shot by his former brother-in-law in what appeared to be an accidental shooting. According to an arrest warrant, Arturo Torres, 28, was playing billiards with Edgar Macedo, 26, and another friend when Torres accidentally bumped into a random guy which started an argument. When Macedo went to use the restroom, Arturo noticed that he was being followed by the same guys that started the argument. When Torres got to the restroom, Macedo and the other two men were fighting. In an attempt to break up the fight, Torres pulled out a handgun. One of the other men tried to wrestle it away from him causing the gun to fire one round, striking Macedo.
  8. CINCINNATI, OH, 3/01/14: Authorities say an 8-year-old Cincinnati boy playing with a gun that he and his two brothers thought was a BB gun has been shot in the chest and killed. Cincinnati Police Lt. Don Luck tells the Cincinnati Enquirer that the three boys were visiting an uncle when one pulled the trigger of a handgun that they thought was a BB gun and hit Sammy Lorenzo in the chest Saturday afternoon. The boy was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital and rushed into surgery, but later died. Luck says that no charges are expected against the children and that it's too early to tell whether charges will be filed against any adults.
  9. MEDFORD, OR, 3/01/14: A five year-old Medford boy was shot earlier Saturday morning in what police are calling an accidental shooting. According to the press release medical and fire crews responded around 8:30am Saturday to the home on West Jackson Street in Medford. The boy sustained a gun-shot wound to the lower abdomen according to the press release. Police detectives were called to the scene. During the course of the investigation detectives learned, according to the press release, that the boy found his fathers pistol. The boy's eight year-old sister attempted to take the gun from the boy when it discharged striking the boy. As of 1:30pm Saturday the boy is in stable condition. The boy's father was revealed to be a convicted felon and not allowed to own a firearm. He has been taken into custody on these charges: assault 3rd degree, recklessly endangering another and felon in possession of a firearm.
  10. STONEY CREEK, TN, 3/01/14: A 13-year-old Carter County boy was described as being in stable condition after suffering a gunshot wound to his neck this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, Carter County sheriff’s deputies responded to 123 Herman Peters Road in the Stoney Creek community after receiving a call that a boy had been shot while he was playing with his older brother. According to Sheriff Chris Mathes, who was at the scene, the boy was shot after he and his brother came across a pistol. The boys, Mathes said, thought the gun was unloaded and began to play with it. “Thirteen- and 14-year-old juvenile brothers had apparently gotten a handgun that was buried in a closet ... and were looking at it,” Mathes said. “The 13-year-old boy was shot in the neck.” Mathes said his investigators believe the boy’s older brother was holding the gun when it went off, sending a bullet into the 13-year-old. In addition to the neck wound, Mathes said, the boy also suffered a secondary wound after the bullet exited his body. “From what I understand, it was in the neck and it came out of his shoulder,” Mathes said.
  11. ROCK FALLS, IL, 3/01/14: A teenage boy is dead after what investigators say was an accidental shooting at the home of an Illinois State Police trooper, the ISP confirmed at 9 tonight. According to a verbal statement provided by Lt. Victor Markowski, interim commander for Zone 2 investigations: "Illinois State Police officials are confirming that an accidental shooting occurred in District 1 at the residence of an ISP trooper at approximately 11:40 a.m. today (Saturday)." Based on preliminary investigative details, the accidental shooting incident involved two male teenagers. One of the male teenagers unrelated to the trooper's family suffered a fatal gunshot wound. "The matter remains under investigation and no further information is available at this time." Markowski declined to provide any further details, including the age of the boys, where the boy was shot or the town in which the shooting occurred. He did say that despite the apparent involvement of an ISP officer, "we are treating this matter as we would any investigation." UPDATE: According to a report by Sauk Valley.com, 15-year-old Matthew Madsen Anderson, a Rock Falls High School freshman, was killed Saturday, March 1, 2014. Illinois State Police Lieutenant Victor Markowski said the accidental shooting occurred around 11:40 a.m. Saturday at the home of an Illinois State trooper. The incident involved two teenage boys, and the victim, who was unrelated to the trooper’s family, suffered a fatal gunshot wound.
  12. HUNTSVILLE, AL, 3/01/14: An 18-year-old Huntsville man who admitted he was intoxicated early Saturday said he was playing around with a loaded handgun when he accidentally shot himself in the foot, police said. When Huntsville Police were called to the scene inside a residence on Bayreuth Drive, the victim's family members confirmed the shooting was self-inflicted and accidental. Police said the man's foot injury was not life-threatening. No arrests in this case have been reported. Huntsville Police did not say whether the victim was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
  13. DECATUR, AL, 3/01/14: One person was killed after an accidental shooting in Decatur, according to police. Emergency crews responded around 12:30 a.m. Saturday to the 1500 block of Seton Avenue SE. Authorities said 21-year-old Colt Iverson suffered from an apparent gunshot wound and was transported to Decatur Morgan Hospital where he was pronounced dead. During an investigation, officers determined that Iverson accidentally shot himself. Authorities said the body will be transported to the Alabama Department of Forensics for an autopsy. Police said no foul play is suspected but the investigation is ongoing.
  14. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 3/01/14: A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his father inside Bass Pro Shops while the man tried on a new holster, police said. Darren Wayne Lannou, of Canyon, Texas, who has a concealed carry permit from that state, was in the Bricktown sporting goods store Saturday night with his firearm in a holster, according to a police incident report. He took off his holstered gun in a dressing room and placed it on a bench where his son was playing with an iPhone, according to the incident report. While trying on the new holster, Lannou tried to retrieve his gun but saw that his son had it. The weapon discharged, causing a graze wound to the boy’s thumb, a through-and-through wound to his father’s right leg and a graze wound to the father’s left leg. Lannou said he grabbed the gun, threw it down, opened the dressing room door and yelled for someone to call 911, according to the report. Workers at the store unloaded the gun before officers arrived. Lannou and his son were taken to OU Medical Center with injuries that were not life threatening. The reporting officer said Lannou continually told police he made a mistake, was very remorseful and was very upset and concerned for his son.
  15. WEST LIBERTY, KY, 3/01/14: On March 1, 2014 at 3:45 p.m. Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call for service from West Liberty police department, in reference to an accidental shooting on KY 589 in Morgan County. Trooper Luke Goodwin, Trooper Brandon Burton, Morgan County EMS, and 172 Fire Department responded to the scene. John Dougherty, 31, of West Liberty was operating an ATV on private property, when a shotgun that was on his ATV fell off, causing the firearm to accidentally discharge striking him in the hand. Mr. Dougherty was treated at the scene by EMS, and airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky by PHI Air Medical. Mr. Dougherty is currently listed in stable condition. This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Luke Goodwin.
  16. LOUISVILLE, KY, 3/01/14: A convicted felon has been arrested after shooting a man while showing off a handgun that he shouldn't have had. John B. Brown II, 40, was arrested March 1 after the shooting in the 1200 block of Keswick Blvd. An arrest report says Brown shot a man in the foot while showing off one of the two handguns in his car. Police found a loaded .38 caliber gun under the passenger seat and a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic in the center armrest. The shooting was ruled accidental, but Brown was charged  with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
  17. MILFORD, CT, 3/01/14: A woman was accused of leaving a loaded firearm inside the bathroom of a restaurant in Milford. Police said they received a complaint Saturday from the Red Robin on the Boston Post Road. Linda Hawkins, 56, of Bridgeport, was arrested. They said she took the gun into the restroom, where it was discovered by an employee. Investigators took the weapon and later made contact with Hawkins. They said the gun is registered. Hawkins was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment.
  18. BUTLER, PA, 3/01/14: Authorities are investigating after a 3-year-old boy was injured in an accidental shooting over the weekend inside a Butler home. According to police, the incident was reported Saturday around 8:15 p.m. at a home on McKinley Avenue. Investigators told Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz that the boy suffered powder burns on the face when he accidentally fired the gun. Marcinkiewicz reported the gun was found in the armrest of a recliner. Investigators told her the child’s grandfather is a retired police officer, a veteran with more than 30 years on the force. He was not home when the shooting took place, Marcinkiewicz said. The boy was treated at an area hospital and released, officials said. At this time, no charges have been filed.
  19. STERLING, VA, 3/01/14: Police are working to find out who shot into a Sterling home, narrowly missing the homeowner's dog. The shooting was reported around 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Loudoun County. Felicia Niesciur was standing in her dining room chatting with two friends seated at the table when the drywall suddenly went flying. "All of a sudden, I saw this poof of white stuff out of the wall and I looked at my friends and said, 'Did you see that?'" Niesciur called police but while she waiting for them to arrive, she began running the vacuum, tidying up a bit. That's when she discovered the bullet slug as it clattered into the vacuum. She retrieved it and presented it to the officer. "It wasn't like a brand new bullet," Niesciur said. "It was broken up a little bit and I gave it to him and he said, 'Yes that's lead." The sheriff's office canvassed the area but was unable to determine the source of the bullet. Niesciur said the bullet just passed her dog's water dish, narrowly missing his head. There are woods nearby where it's not uncommon to hear hunters. Niesciur suspects someone might have been playing with a gun or target shooting. She hopes whomever fired the shot will step forward, take responsibility and ease her mind. "It's very scary," Niesciur said. "I don't think it was on purpose. I think it was an accident but it would be nice if someone would acknowledge that they made a mistake."
  20. NEW ORLEANS, LA, 3/02/14: Many have said that they have shot themselves in the foot after a night on Bourbon Street, and 21-year-old Deanta Belvin did just that. Early this morning, Belvin accidentally shot himself in the 700 block of Bourbon Street, according to NOPD. A security guard approached Belvin, who had a firearm. The pair struggled as the security guard tried to detain Belvin, and Belvin reached for his gun. The weapon discharged, and Belvin accidentally shot himself in the foot. The round punctured Belvin's foot and went into the floor. No one else was injured, and he was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.
  21. SEMINOLE, FL, 3/02/14: Pinellas County authorities are investigating what is being a called an accidental shooting of a 14-year-old Sunday in Seminole. About 4:20 p.m., the two boys arrived at the home at a home, 9501 134th Way North, after baseball practice. The two went into a room where the older teen was showing the younger teen a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. While showing the rifle, it fired, shooting the 14-year-old in the stomach, according to deputies. The victim was taken by helicopter to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. There were no adults inside the home at the time of the shooting, deputies said. No charges will be filed against the 16-year-old.
  22. WEST DES MOINES, IA, 3/02/14: A 29-year-old Iowa man is recovering after accidentally shooting his own finger during target practice. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating the incident that happened Sunday afternoon at Badger Creek State Recreation Area in Madison County. Authorities say Zach Sainz inadvertently let one of his fingers get in front of the 9mm handgun he was firing. Sainz was taken to a Des Moines hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.
  23. MARTIN CITY, MT, 3/02/14: A Martin City man accidentally shot and killed himself Sunday. The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Edward Schramm, 37. “He was examining a rifle and it accidentally discharged and shot him in the face,” said Dick Sine, a detective and the on-duty coroner who responded to the incident at a Central Avenue home. A friend witnessed and reported the shooting at about 11:15 a.m. It involved a .223-caliber AR-15-type rifle. Sine said there is no suspicion of foul play.
  24. WARREN, IN, 3/02/14: A Warren man accidentally shot himself while unloading his gun Sunday evening, according to police. At around 9:54 p.m. Sunday, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a call at the Lutheran Hospital emergency room, where a man with a gunshot wound to his left hand had come for treatment, according to a report. The 25-year-old man was at home with his mother in Warren when the incident occurred, according to the report. His mother had asked him to unload his .350 Llama handgun; she didn't want a loaded gun in the house. While alone in his bedroom and attempting to unload the gun, he accidentally fired it; the bullet struck his left hand and exited. The man said it is his only gun and he hadn't had any formal training in handling it, according to the report. His mother, who had been in the front room of the home when the incident occurred, drove him to the hospital.
  25. TRENTON, NJ, 3/02/14: A 16-year-old was arrested yesterday afternoon after he accidentally shot his 18-year-old friend in the neck with a small-caliber handgun, police said. The victim was in stable condition today and is expected to survive his injuries, Lt. Steve Varn said. Officers were called to the 200 block of Spring Street shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday, but the victim was already at the hospital. Their investigation led them to a home on the 200 block of Fairway Drive nearby, where the actual shooting took place, Varn said. “It appears that the victim was shot by mistake,” Varn said. Police found out the 18-year-old victim had been taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by car, where he was treated for the gunshot wound to the neck. Their investigation determined he was shot by the 16-year-old, who was arrested. Police seized a small Derringer handgun from inside the home on Fairway Drive.
  26. TWENTY-NINE PALMS, CA, 3/02/14: A Marine from the Tri-State was shot to death in California last weekend. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Cpl. Steven Kohus, 26, was found dead in Twentynine Palms on Sunday night. The suspect, Brock Myers, 22, was arrested at the scene, deputies said. Kohus is a 2006 graduate of Little Miami High School. He joined the Marines in 2010. According to news reports, Kohus was a motor transport mechanic attached to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. Myers serves in the same battalion. Myers pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a murder charge and is being held without bond. He is due back in court on March 13. At least two people who knew Kohus said it was their understanding that the shooting was accidental, not deliberate.
  27. TABOR CITY, NC, 3/03/14: A gunshot wound to the left hand had Tabor City Police Department officers searching for a shooter on Reese and Queen streets and on to Carolina Road this afternoon, before the victim admitted to accidentally shooting himself in the hand, Chief Donald Dowless said. William Antwan Gaskins, 21, was taken by Tabor City Emergency Services ambulance to McLeod Loris hospital from his home in the 100 block of Reese Street with an injury that did not appear to be life threatening, Dowless said. Gaskins initially told police he was shot on a trail through a wooded area that connects Queen Street and Carolina Road, Dowless said. Officers were unable to find any evidence of a shooting there, though the wound to Gaskins' hand was bleeding profusely, Dowless said. Gaskins admitted to accidentally shooting himself while handling a gun in his home as Maj. Jerry Sarvis prepared to conduct a gunshot residue test on his hands, Dowless said.
  28. AMADO, AZ, 3/03/14: A 3-year-old boy is in the hospital having emergency surgery Monday after being shot in a home near Amado, Pima County Sheriffs deputies said. Deputies responded to the home in the 26900 block of S. Monarch Way Monday afternoon. Detectives with the Crimes Against Children and Homicide units are on scene, Pima County Sheriff's deputy Tracy Suitt said. A search warrant is being served at the home, sources said. Suitt says a call to 911 was made about an accidental shooting in the area. UPDATE: A 3-year-old boy is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the lower torso on Monday afternoon. Pima County Sheriff's Deputies are continuing to investigate how the toddler got his hands on a loaded weapon in his own home.
  29. TUCSON, AZ, 3/03/14: A Tucson Police officer's gun is missing following a foot chase Monday. It happened around noon after the officer chased a purse snatching suspect in the area of 500 block of North Shawnee Avenue, near Silverbell and St. Mary's. The officer had chased the suspect for more than 1/8th of a mile before catching him. The officer didn't notice his gun was gone until the chase was over. The gun pictured is similar to the weapon that's missing. It's a Glock 22 Gen4, 40 caliber with an affixed StreamLight tactical light, serial number RVS121. Officers immediately began retracing the path of the foot chase but the weapon was not located. The suspect in the purse snatching has been identified as 18-year old Adrian Pride. He was booked into the Pima County Jail for 1 count of shoplifting and 1 count of theft. If you see the weapon call 911 or 88-CRIME.
  30. READING, PA, 3/04/14: Reading Police are investigating a report of a gunshot fired into a home. Police were on the scene in the 900 block of Patton Avenue just after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. No injuries were reported. Police say a teenager playing with a gun accidentally fired it. The bullet traveled through the wall and into a neighboring home.
  31. NUEVO, CA, 3/04/14: Police Wednesday said a shooting that killed a 5-year-old boy at his Riverside County home was accidental. The incident was reported around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday in the 31000 block of Wolskill Avenue in Nuevo, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. When deputies arrived on scene, they found the child deceased in the home, suffering from a gunshot wound. No arrests have been made as of yet. UPDATE: A 5-year-old boy who found a gun in his home appears to have accidentally shot and killed himself, a source within the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday on the condition of anonymity. MORE: Sheriff’s officials have identified a 5-year-old boy who died in an apparent accidental shooting last week in Nuevo. Gerardo Paez, of Los Angeles, was found dead about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at a home in the 31000 block of Wolfskill Avenue, Riverside County sheriff’s officials said.
  32. WEST BEND, WI, 3/04/14: A man is injured in his second-floor apartment in West Bend when he was struck by a wayward bullet. Police say a man on the first floor of the apartment building was handling a rifle when it shot up through the ceiling Tuesday night. WTMJ-TV says the bullet hit the second-floor resident in the stomach. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Officers arrested the man handling the rifle.
  33. SPENCER, OK, 3/04/14: An Oklahoma County Sheriff's deputy accidentally shot himself in the foot when he tried to shoot a dog that was attacking him Tuesday morning in Spencer. According to the Sheriff's office, at about 9:30 a.m., a deputy responded to the report of a vicious animal in the area of 3500 Hicks Avenue. Authorities say a large pit-bull had attacked two people, including an under aged girl who was transported to the hospital to receive stitches. When the deputy arrived at the scene, the dog began attacking him, according to the Sheriff's office. The dog had a hold of the deputy's leg, and in an attempt to protect himself and others in the area, the deputy attempted to shoot the dog. However, according to the Sheriff's office, when the deputy pulled the trigger, the dog pulled on his leg. Instead of shooting the dog, the deputy accidentally shot himself in the foot. The dog has been captured by the Midwest City Animal Control. The deputy has been taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries.
  34. FLAGSTAFF, AZ, 3/04/14: A Flagstaff man had to be extracted from his vehicle this week when he crashed after accidentally shooting himself in the foot while driving. According to reports from the Flagstaff Police Department, the man picked up his .45-caliber Heckler & Koch pistol around 10 a.m. Tuesday from a gun store on South Milton Road, where he was “getting some barrel work done.” At some point on his way home, he noticed the gun was cocked. Instead of pulling over, the man decided to try to uncock the firearm while he was still driving. Then, the gun went off. The man instantly knew he had shot himself in the foot. Already in pain and bleeding profusely, he once again decided not to pull over. Instead, he put the gun in the glove compartment and tried to drive himself to Flagstaff Medical Center. The man was cruising through the 700 block of North Switzer Canyon when he blacked out from blood loss. He lost control of his car and careened off the road, smashing into a tree in front of the Olivia White Hospice Home. Emergency responders had to cut down the tree with a chainsaw to remove the man from his wrecked vehicle. He was treated on the scene by paramedics and then transported to FMC. The hospice owner estimated the landscaping damage at more than $1,000. The case is still under investigation. So far, no charges have been filed.
  35. MOBILE, AL, 3/05/14: A shooting which claimed the life of a 7-year-old boy on Wednesday has been ruled an accident after investigators determined the gun fired while the child was holding it, said Mobile Police Department spokeswoman. Around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, officers were called to a reported shooting on the 2600 block of Wealthy Street, said MPD spokeswoman Ashley Rains. When they arrived, they found 7-year-old J'Daun Hill suffering from a single gunshot wound to his head. He was transported to the University of South Alabama Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. He was listed in critical condition on Wednesday afternoon. Before 4 p.m., police were notified that J'Daun had died of his injury. "The investigation revealed the child found the gun inside the home and was handling it when it accidentally discharged, causing the fatal injury," Rains said.
  36. HOUSTON, TX, 3/05/14: Police took a Houston woman in for questioning after they found her boyfriend dead in their northwest side home late Wednesday, officers said. The shooting was reported around 10 p.m. on Ojeman Road near Friendship Road. Officers with the Houston Police Department arrived to find a man, 46, with a gunshot wound to the chest dead inside the home. The man’s girlfriend was still there and said the shooting was an accident, police said. Police said the woman was moving boxes and other items when a shotgun went off, wounding the man. The woman also told police she was moving out due to an argument she had with her boyfriend earlier in the day. She was taken downtown for further questioning.
  37. PANOLA CO., TX, 3/05/14: Deputy Denise Gray, Deputy Alan Smith and Deputy Adam Jones were dispatched to ETMC Carthage Emergency Room regarding a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, we made contact with a male subject who had a single gunshot wound to his right ankle. The victim said that he had a handgun hidden underneath his sofa. Victim said that while sitting on his sofa the gun accidentally discharged. Deputies recovered the gun and photographed the scene. This case is being investigated.
  38. KALISPELL, MT, 3/05/14: The West Valley Fire Department responded to a Three Mile Drive home after a man accidentally shot himself in the calf. The man initially lost consciousness, but emergency personnel were able to get control of the bleeding and he was reported alert, oriented and stable while being transported to the hospital.
  39. SAN ANTONIO, TX, 3/06/14: A 25-year-old Odessa man accidentally shot himself after he left a Downtown restaurant. The man had been at Hooters near Alamo Plaza and was in his car and trying to load a 45-automatic weapon in his lap. The gun accidentally discharged. The bullet went through the man's thigh and came through his knee. The man was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center, but is expected to recover.
  40. CHICAGO, IL, 3/07/14: A woman working at a thrift store in the South Side Washington Heights neighborhood died Friday morning after a gun hidden in dropped-off clothing accidentally went off and shot her in the chest. The 54-year-old woman was working at the store in the 9400 block of South Ashland Avenue about 9:45 a.m., according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The victim and a co-worker were sorting through clothing in a back room of the store when the co-worker shook a sock, a gun fell out onto the floor and discharged, striking the woman in the chest, sources said. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where she was pronounced dead at 10:47 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. Her name was not released Friday afternoon pending notification of family. Area South detectives are investigating.
  41. BOZEMAN, MT, 3/07/14: A 74-year-old Bozeman man who was trying to scare off an intruder at his home early Friday morning accidentally shot himself in the hand. Police say Carl Craft was asleep in his Church Avenue home when he was awoken by 23-year-old Orion Audisio Alonso banging on his front door around 1:50 a.m. Friday. Craft told police he didn’t recognize Alonso and yelled at him to leave several times, telling Alonso he was armed. Despite ordering Alonso to leave, Alonso continued banging on the door trying to get in, charging documents say. While loading a handgun, Craft accidentally shot his hand, but then was able to fire a warning shot through the door, charging documents say. However, Alonso continued banging on the door, breaking the window out of a storm door before police arrived and arrested Alonso, court documents say. Police say Alonso appeared intoxicated and told investigators he believed he was at his own house.
  42. REYNOLDSBURG, OH, 3/07/14: Reynoldsburg Police are investigating a report of a shooting involving a child. Officers were called to Tamar Court just off Livingston Avenue around 8:00 a.m. Friday. Police tell 10TV the child accidentally shot himself in the hand. He is expected to be ok. Investigators say the gun used in the shooting was recovered at the scene.
  43. EAST NORRITON, PA, 3/07/14: The pregnant wife of a Pennsylvania State Trooper was killed Friday after the accidental discharge of a weapon inside their East Norriton home. The incident was reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. Friday in the 3000 block of Stoney Creek Road in East Norriton. Details are sketchy, but police have confirmed to Action News that the discharge struck the trooper's pregnant wife. The woman was transported to Mercy Suburban Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. State police say the trooper is a seven-year veteran of the force operating out of the Skippack barracks. So far it is unclear who was handling the weapon at the time of the discharge. Montgomery County detectives are on the scene assisting the East Norriton Police with the investigation. UPDATE: The shooting in the home on the 3000 block of Stony Creek Road in East Norriton occurred around 2:30 p.m. Friday, police said. The officer pulled the trigger while taking apart his .45-caliber handgun for cleaning but did not realize the gun was loaded, police said.
  44. SMITH CO., TX, 3/07/14: An East Texas man is in the hospital after accidently shooitng himself in the chest. At 12:21 p.m., Friday, dispatchers with the Smith County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a woman at a residence on County Road 397 who reported that a man at that location had accidentally shot himself. Deputies and emergency personnel responded to the call and found a man with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to a local hospital where he is reportedly undergoing surgery for his injuries. At this time, a preliminary investigation is underway to determine the exact cause and reason for the man’s injuries.
  45. CHERRY HILL, NJ, 3/07/14: A man was arrested Friday after accidentally discharging his weapon in an office building next to the Cherry Hill Mall, police said. No one was hurt. The incident occurred around noon in the lobby of the One Cherry Hill building, which connects with the mall parking lot. Corye Johnson, 33, of Camden, discharged a single gunshot from a handgun, police said. He then walked outside and left in a car, which police later tracked down. Cherry Hill Police Sgt. Richard Humes said there were few people in the area during the incident. Johnson was charged with possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon by a felon, and possession of hollow point bullets. He was held at the Camden County ail on a bail of $102,500.
  46. CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO, 3/07/14: Police in Cape Girardeau say no one was injured when a bullet pierced the window of a home day care business. The Southeast Missourian reports police believe the bullet was a stray shot fired by an unknown person around 1 p.m. Friday. An officer at the scene told the newspaper the bullet passed through the window and hit a wall, lodging in the drywall. Police had responded to a report of multiple shots in the area. Officers don't believe the day care was the intended target. Police stopped a vehicle that had been seen in the area at the time and were trying to determine if the occupants were suspects, victims or witnesses. Schools in the area were locked down for about 30 minutes as a precaution.
  47. COLUMBUS, GA, 3/07/14: A police investigation into a Friday shooting has revealed that a Columbus man accidentally shot himself in the butt but told authorities a gunman assaulted him. Maurice Brown, 29, was taken to Midtown Medical Center after the 7:36 p.m. shooting in the 700 block of Harold Street. After police were called to check on a shooting victim, Brown told officers he heard a gunshot as he stepped from his vehicle in the yard. Brown said he didn’t see the gunman but there was a man dressed in all black riding a bicycle when the shooting occurred. An investigation determined that Brown accidentally shot himself with a pistol in his back, right pant pocket. After his release from the hospital, he will face a false report of a crime charge.
  48. OAKBORO, NC, 3/07/14: A teenager accidentally shot by his friend died Friday night, Oakboro Police say. The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. in the 600 block of East 1st Street. Chief Joe Lowder tells NBC Charlotte says a friend was showing the gun to the victim when it fired. Paramedics took 19-year-old Will Hughes to Stanly County Medical Center, where he died. It has not been determined if charges will be filed but police say they consider the incident accidental.
  49. YUMA, AZ, 3/07/14: [Ed. note: I'm not really sure what to do with this one. There's not much detail, and it has been ruled an accidental death. But is Russian roulette really an accident?] Authorities in southwestern Arizona say a 19-year-old man is dead after an accidental shooting. Yuma County Sheriff's deputies went to a Yuma home Friday after getting a report of a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, deputies located David Henry with a single gunshot wound to the head. Investigators say Henry and another person were playing Russian roulette with a loaded handgun. After interviewing all parties that were present at the time of the shooting, sheriff's investigators have ruled the incident as an accidental death.

Originally posted to David Waldman on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 02:39 PM PDT.

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  •  there (18+ / 0-)

    are no accidental deaths like there are no automobile accidents, only collisions (see Hot Fuzz)

    YUMA, AZ, 3/07/14: [Ed. note: I'm not really sure what to do with this one. There's not much detail, and it has been ruled an accidental death. But is Russian roulette really an accident?] Authorities in southwestern Arizona say a 19-year-old man is dead after an accidental shooting. Yuma County Sheriff's deputies went to a Yuma home Friday after getting a report of a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, deputies located David Henry with a single gunshot wound to the head. Investigators say Henry and another person were playing Russian roulette with a loaded handgun. After interviewing all parties that were present at the time of the shooting, sheriff's investigators have ruled the incident as an accidental death.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 02:52:40 PM PDT

  •  Thanks, most accidents are negligent, a failure (12+ / 0-)

    To respect a firearm.

    Tipped & rec'ed

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 02:55:19 PM PDT

    •  Neglience (5+ / 0-)

      Until human carelessness can be totally prevented, guns are a menace to society.  The person shot by accident is just as dead as the one shot intentionally.  The more guns there are, the greater the chance of accidents happening.  They cannot be prevented- that's why they are called accidents and no amount of education can prevent or make up for the one thoughtless moment that results in a death by gun shot.  A child finding a gun placed on a counter would have to live with the fact that he or she shot and maybe killed a sibling, parent or passerby for the rest of his or her life.  Is this kind of guilt really something society wants to impose on children because over 200 years ago, the founding fathers thought local militia's were necessary as the new United States did not have a standing army?

      •  One could make that same case for everything (4+ / 0-)

        from propane gas cylinders, chemistry sets to kitchen appliances and electricity in general.

        The more guns there are doesn't really impact the chance of accidents, the number of firearms owners is what you're speaking of.

        But, you're right on one thing. True accidents are rare, the vast and overwhelming majority of these cases are pure, criminal (if not by legislated law, by natural law) negligence.

        As one example, I've handled firearms for well over 30 years. Much of that handling was in the military. The remainder was when hunting, firing in competition or cleaning a firearm.
        When not in active use, my firearms are in a safe, after manually, visually and for some, even mechanically probing the chamber to ensure that the firearm is actually unloaded. Bolt action firearms have their bolt removed.
        Safety is the first, second, third and final rule. Each and every firearm is always treated as loaded until the chamber and ammunition path (magazine, be it tube, integral or box) is ensured clear.
        Firearms are never directed at anything other than a target with a proper backstop at a ranger or at a game animal in season and even then I make sure of what is behind my target, lest an innocent person be injured should I miss or the round exit the animal.
        I've never had an unintentional discharge of a firearm. I've never had one of my men in the military have an unintentional discharge of a firearm.
        I'm also called a "safety nazi".

        So, want to know what the owner of a dozen firearms thinks?
        Cause harm to yourself, property or another due to the discharge of a firearm that isn't due to a malfunction (which is extraordinary rare), you should be charged with felony endangerment. Conviction would remove the ability to possess a firearm.
        Because, in that case, I really can't trust you with something that can cause harm at an unreasonable distance (some rounds can easily kill at two miles or more, most can kill at up to 1 1/2 miles).
        If it is claimed as a defense that a malfunction occurred, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Don't expect sympathy from me if I'm in the jury box.

        •  Kids aren't killing their siblings with propane (4+ / 0-)

          cylinders week after week and year after year.  And besides, the fact that other stuff can be dangerous is no argument to reject sane gun laws.

          •  Rejecting sane gun laws... (0+ / 0-)

            ...is not necessarily the issue. The issue becomes whether to make private gun ownership illegal, and these issues are often confused: deliberately integrated by anti-gun fanatics.
            Just as there are gun fanatics, as represented by the NRA, there are anti-gun fanatics who will accept nothing less than total banning all private gun ownership. BTW, many, if not most, NRA members agree with sane gun laws. After all, the NRA does not represent its members, but rather, it's a gun lobby for the gun manufacturers.

            It's important to separate these anti-gun fanatics from the rightful discussion of sane gun control. There is a reasonable argument for individuals to own guns. No matter what evidence is presented for this point of view, anti-gun fanatics will refuse to accept and refute the argument.

            For all anti-gun fanatics reading this post, please consider the positions presented by Gabby Giffords' Americans For Responsible Solutions, and the Brady Campaign. Also understand that your position will work against enacting responsible gun laws by strengthening the resolve of all gun owners.

            •  Anti-gun fanatics? (2+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
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              jrudisill says:
              "deliberately integrated by anti-gun fanatics."
              ==
              Who are they and where did you hear or see about them?
              What anti-gun fanatics do?
              Articles?

            •  OK, but "the resolve of all gun owners" hasn't (0+ / 0-)

              ... been evident so far in favor of reasonable gun legislation. And that's in the face of proposals that clearly do not "make private gun ownership illegal".

              I agree there are several sides to gun regulation. But we're witnessing torrents of gun advocacy money, lobbying and litigation backing absolutist positions and defeating attempts to get rational regulatory legislation. Which lobbying, I respectfully observe, often resorts to - well that won't do any good, or it is imperfect, or you-have-to-cure-this-first.

              Yes, I do believe responsible gun owners back safety, training and education, restrictions on who can own a gun, probably much more prevalent background checks. But I can't accept that people like you will be influenced by the absolutism of either polar extreme on 2A matters.

              2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

              by TRPChicago on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 06:26:49 AM PDT

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  •  Walking targets (18+ / 0-)

    The lives of the living aren't as valuable as those of the unborn, or fetuses. We're all targets in a real life shooting gallery.

    I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. - William Ernest Henley

    by 50FootQueenie on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 03:13:26 PM PDT

  •  This one exemplifies our absurdly loose gun policy (15+ / 0-)
    5) someone who left a loaded gun hidden in a sock among the clothes donated to a Chicago thrift shop, which was accidentally fired by a worker who shook it loose, killing a coworker.
    I'll take a guess that the person who donated the socks had no idea there was a gun hidden there in.

    It was donated by, someone who is lucky that they didn't get killed when they collected the clothes for donation:

    a) a scorned ex-lover who dumped all their exes clothes in a bag and took them to the donation bin.

    b) an adult cleaning out after burying a parent or a sibling.

    c) an abandoned spouse, who's ready to make room for someone new in their life.

    d) a foreclosure company that stole the contents of someone's home.

    Any other guesses?

    "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

    by LilithGardener on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 03:19:54 PM PDT

  •  Thank you David. nt (10+ / 0-)

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

    by Joy of Fishes on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 03:43:23 PM PDT

  •  This is why I don't understand (15+ / 0-)

    the vehement opposition to even discussing gun control reform. Gun control doesn't have to mean "take away everyone's guns and distribute them amongst the gub'ment." Is it really so unreasonable to step back and question who should be allowed to own a gun? Or where they can carry it? Or what kind of guns they're allowed to own? Why is that such an out-of-line suggestion?  

  •  The passive exonerative ... (12+ / 0-)

    ... is just all over these reports.

    From #2:

    A Lakewood man accused of letting an assault rifle discharge into a neighbor's house was arraigned in Lakewood Municipal Court Tuesday morning.

    Robert Ledinsky faces charges of improperly securing a firearm and allowing a firearm to discharge within the city limits.

    So the gun had a mind of its own then? If guns get to decide when and where they want to fire, then why would any human being in their right mind back any aspect of a right to keep and bear them? Perhaps they have been infiltrated by aliens as a prelude to invasion ...

    On the more serious side, I suppose I would not be surprised by a report worded like this if it came from some far-flung rural community, as many of these do. But this was in a suburb of Cleveland that has the distinction of being the most densely populated city in Ohio, and IIRC the most densely populated between New York and Chicago. The police did their job here; the media should have as well, and called this negligent.

  •  Oh, the cops we wind up with ... (13+ / 0-)

    From #4

    The boys were playing in the area of 400 South, west of U.S. 89, on Feb. 27 when they discovered the handgun. “This is one of those rare occasions that the kids found it before we did,” Sheriff Todd Richardson said.
    Well, OK, if you do say so yourself, Sheriff.

    I mean, how would he know? Does his department routinely find abandoned guns in vacant lots? That would suggest some deeper issue in Davis County that, frankly, scares me. And what's to think the kids would necessarily report a found gun to the police? After all, they don't have to in Utah, I don't think (couple that with the state not requiring that lost or stolen guns be reported, and you can imagine what must happen). I can bet that quite a few teenage boys would persuade themselves that God left it there for them.

    I'm also a little concerned by the good sheriff's seeming implication that there is some sort of informal competition between his office and the local youths in this area.

  •  #34: Responsible Gun Owner of the Week (13+ / 0-)

    Even the copy editor couldn't resist this one (see hed):

    When shooting yourself in the foot, pull over

    A Flagstaff man had to be extracted from his vehicle this week when he crashed after accidentally shooting himself in the foot while driving.

    According to reports from the Flagstaff Police Department, the man picked up his .45-caliber Heckler & Koch pistol around 10 a.m. Tuesday from a gun store on South Milton Road, where he was “getting some barrel work done.” At some point on his way home, he noticed the gun was cocked.

    Instead of pulling over, the man decided to try to uncock the firearm while he was still driving.

    Then, the gun went off.

    The man instantly knew he had shot himself in the foot. Already in pain and bleeding profusely, he once again decided not to pull over. Instead, he put the gun in the glove compartment and tried to drive himself to Flagstaff Medical Center.

    The man was cruising through the 700 block of North Switzer Canyon when he blacked out from blood loss. He lost control of his car and careened off the road, smashing into a tree in front of the Olivia White Hospice Home.

    Emergency responders had to cut down the tree with a chainsaw to remove the man from his wrecked vehicle. He was treated on the scene by paramedics and then transported to FMC.

    You know, people in emergency services will often roll their eyes at how their profession is depicted on TV. And usually they're right to.

    But just the same, they inevitably see things happen that would not get past the pitch on most TV shows. This is one of them ... "Wait, you really think viewers will buy some guy shooting himself in his car with his fancy German handgun, trying to drive to the hospital but then blacking out and crashing it? Come on ... they'll be all over that on Twitter within minutes.

    But, confoundingly, it all actually happened.

    The comments on this one are also worth a read.

  •  Another one the NRA won't post about ... (11+ / 0-)

    ... on its Armed Citizen page:

    From #41:

    A 74-year-old Bozeman man who was trying to scare off an intruder at his home early Friday morning accidentally shot himself in the hand.

    ...

    While loading a handgun, Craft accidentally shot his hand, but then was able to fire a warning shot through the door, charging documents say.

    At least this one ended without the gun being stolen.
    •  We have a story here in New York, (4+ / 0-)

      of a home invasion foiled by a son with a shotgun, while the family cowered in fear.

      Yes, it was all captured on the security cam. A group of burglars arrived and most hid by a shed while the one who, armed with a pellet gun, attempted to gain access through a glass door.

      Son intervened and scared the burglers off, shooting one of them, who later died. It's too bad he persued the burglars and shot their accomplice in the back as they fled through his neighbors yard.

      His whole family was obviously scared and he is claiming self defense. He's been charged with manslaughter.

      "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

      by LilithGardener on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 09:20:15 PM PDT

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  •  I'm sorry, I couldn't get past the (9+ / 0-)

    2-year old who killed himself; my heart broke. I wish this simple and almost unbearably sad story could be told to every single m-fing moran who fights against stricter gun laws. I don't give one good g-d**n about our Constitution if it is "ok" for this to happen. (Not that I think for one second that the Founding Fathers would support the RKBA position for a half a second if they were brought forward in time.) Our country is broken as much as my heart is.

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:05:23 PM PDT

  •  Dang, no gun fails in NY? (6+ / 0-)

    What, do they still have laws there?

  •  What I find of interest about many of these (9+ / 0-)

    reports is that it is said that the victims will "recover" or that the injury is "not life threatening." But take the guy who shot himself through the thigh and knee - will he be able to walk or run normally again? These people shot through the neck - is there a chunk of their neck missing?

    Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

    by Spud1 on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:54:07 PM PDT

  •  I was going to tip & rec just on the title alone. (8+ / 0-)

    As it turns out, this an excellent diary. Thank you very much for taking the time to compile this information.

    "In this world, hate has never yet dispelled hate. Only love can dispel hate." ~ Buddha

    by Leslie Salzillo on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 06:04:16 PM PDT

  •  I'm new here and I'm staying - an invitation (5+ / 0-)

    Hello all, I didn't bother reading most of the meta diaries, but something happened today that spurred me to take a different tack.

    I've grown at Daily Kos, as a writer, as a consumer of news, as a citizen willing to engage the pressing issues of my day. Although I've voted Dem, almost my whole life, I'm still very new to political activism. Through the generosity of Daily Kos writers and readers I've learned everything I know about html and much of what I know about political contests outside my home state of New York.

    I'm new here and I'm staying. Why? Because America is afraid and we can't go it alone...

    It's an invitation to join the experimental conversation called Firearms Law and Policy. We recently passed our 6 month milestone. Please feel free to drop by and say hi; let us know how we're doing.

    "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

    by LilithGardener on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 09:08:31 PM PDT

  •  Keep reporting on the kids, David. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Miggles, WakeUpNeo

    Report on ALL the shot kids.  It's important.

    Once again, thank you for putting these together for us.  It's plenty of work, I know, and I you don't get the thanks you deserve for them.

    Celtic Merlin
    Carlinist

    Struggle with dignity against injustice. IS there anything more honorable that a person can do?

    by Celtic Merlin on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:09:18 PM PDT

  •  This is why we can't have nice things: (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Alhambra, TheFern, Miggles, WakeUpNeo
    “He was examining a rifle and it accidentally discharged and shot him in the face,”
    Shot himself.  In the face.  With a rifle.

    Ok, say it with me one more time: YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG.

    On second thought, perhaps "This is my rifle, this is my gun. This is for fighting, this is for fun." would be more appropriate.

    If this were any other product it would either be outlawed, in a state of constant safety recall, or have more warning stickers on it than a Holiday Inn hair dryer.

    Build a better TRAP: Targeted Regulation of Arms/Ammunition Providers.

    by here4tehbeer on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:51:14 PM PDT

  •  There was another "kid found a gun in under a (7+ / 0-)

    sofa cushion" self-inflicted freedom hole I saw on TPM in the past day or so, and the picture that accompanied the story was one of those very compact semi-auto pink handguns... which I'm sure to the 3 year old who discharged it looked just like a toy that needed to be played with.

    Oops.

    I guess what gets me with so many of these stories is how people will go to absolutely bizarre lengths to shield their kids from the scourge of naughty words, pictures of boobs, homosex cookies and librul Kenyan presidents -- then leave loaded, deadly weapons laying around like they would a goddamn TV remote.

    Hell, given what's on TV I'll bet they do a better job hiding the fucking remote.

    Unreal.

    Build a better TRAP: Targeted Regulation of Arms/Ammunition Providers.

    by here4tehbeer on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:25:20 AM PDT

  •  The NRA must be so proud! (5+ / 0-)

    ..of all the children died for our Second Amendment rights!

  •  I'm always relieved ... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    WakeUpNeo

    ... when nobody from my state of Maine makes the cut in a Gun Fail diary.

  •  "This is one of those rare occasions that the (4+ / 0-)

    Kids found it before we did." I don't expect many law enforcement types frequent this site so I can understand why the sheriff thinks this is a rare occasion. But as we know it isn't.

    "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

    by rocksout on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 09:53:27 AM PDT

    •  It is rare. Extraordinarily so. (0+ / 0-)

      As stated in the CDC report commissioned by President Obama:

      “Unintentional firearm-related deaths have steadily declined during the past century. The number of unintentional deaths due to firearm-related incidents accounted for less than 1 percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.”
      Less than 1%.
      Declining for a century.

      There is a reason why GunFAIL has to use anecdote: the facts don't provide the needed fear-mongering response that GunFAIL attempts to elicit.

      Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

      by FrankRose on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 01:39:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  If it's so rare why do kids consistently keep (6+ / 0-)

        getting shot? Gunfail's purpose I believe is to educate. One child "accidentally" shot is too many.

        "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

        by rocksout on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 02:20:13 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  One child "accidentally killed" by any means (0+ / 0-)

          is too many.

          However firearms are responsible for less than 1% of accidental deaths.

          Hence the necessity of GunFAIL eschewing facts for anecdote.

          Fortunately we have the facts available to us, just so long as we are willing to educate ourselves with the facts in lieu of falling victim to fear-mongering anecdote.

          Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

          by FrankRose on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 02:26:25 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Reading anecdotal evidence of improper (7+ / 0-)

            gun ownership educates me. No fear here.

            "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

            by rocksout on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 02:36:08 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  As does reading actual facts. (0+ / 0-)

              Accidental deaths per year:
              Motor Vehicle: 42,000
              Poisoning: 39,000
              Falls: 25,000
              Fire: 2,700
              Choking: 2,500
              Drowning: 2,000
              Firearms: 600

              In fact even bicycles are responsible for 800 accidental deaths (and 515,000 ER visits) per year.

              Would you find a diary titled BikeFAIL to be educational?
              StairFAIL?
              EatFAIL?

              Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

              by FrankRose on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 03:44:40 PM PDT

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              •  How about you write diaries on drownings and (6+ / 0-)

                Bicycle deaths? We'd learn a lot, I'm certain.

              •  It's not the probability that matters ... (4+ / 0-)

                Back in the 1980s, I recall, even as crime rates actually went down, polls and elections indicated people were more afraid of crime than they had been when rates were higher.

                Why? Because there were less places where they felt safe than there had been before. Conservatives knew this, while liberals just kept wondering why people didn't feel safer if crime was going down, and they rode this cognitive bias all the way to power. As I remember one of them putting it when it was pointed out that most people were far more likely to be victims of white-collar crime than street crime, "When was the last time your savings account got embezzled when you were out walking in the streets?"

                What are the chances you will die in a car accident while sorting a bunch of donated clothes in a building? Or that you will accidentally be strangled by a rope while doing so? Do you have information on that you'd like to share, Frank?

                •  "feel safer". (0+ / 0-)

                  I think that the disconnect between the feeling of fear and the extraordinarily low actual danger one is in is exactly the problem.

                  This is the reason & justification for things like the Patriot Act, stop and search, Gitmo etc.
                  Fortunately the cure for unreasonable fear is simply to educate oneself on the facts.

                  After all, the areas with a higher rate of guns per capita & thus less ignorance about firearms are also the places with less fear of guns.

                  What are the chances you will die in a car accident while sorting a bunch of donated clothes in a building? Or that you will accidentally be strangled by a rope while doing so? Do you have information on that you'd like to share, Frank?
                  Statistically far higher than being accidentally shot.

                  Again, from the CDC report commissioned by Pres. Obama "The number of unintentional deaths due to firearm-related incidents accounted for less than 1 percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.”.
                  A person is over ninety-nine times more likely to be accidentally killed by any other object than a with a firearm.

                  The antidote to unreasonable fear is irrefutable fact.

                  Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

                  by FrankRose on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:31:38 PM PDT

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                  •  I find this research incredibly compelling (3+ / 0-)
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                    1-3 Guns are not used millions of times each year in self-defense

                    We use epidemiological theory to explain why the “false positive” problem for rare events can lead to large overestimates of the incidence of rare diseases or rare phenomena such as self-defense gun use. We then try to validate the claims of many millions of annual self-defense uses against available evidence. We find that the claim of many millions of annual self-defense gun uses by American citizens is invalid.

                    Hemenway, David. Survey research and self-defense gun use: An explanation of extreme overestimates. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. 1997; 87:1430-1445.

                    Hemenway, David. The myth of millions of annual self-defense gun uses: A case study of survey overestimates of rare events. Chance (American Statistical Association). 1997; 10:6-10.

                    Cook, Philip J; Ludwig, Jens; Hemenway, David. The gun debate’s new mythical number: How many defensive uses per year? Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 1997; 16:463-469.

                    4. Most purported self-defense gun uses are gun uses in escalating arguments and are both socially undesirable and illegal

                    We analyzed data from two national random-digit-dial surveys conducted under the auspices of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.  Criminal court judges who read the self-reported accounts of the purported self-defense gun use rated a majority as being illegal, even assuming that the respondent had a permit to own and to carry a gun, and that the respondent had described the event honestly from his own perspective.

                    Hemenway, David; Miller, Matthew; Azrael, Deborah. Gun use in the United States: Results from two national surveys. Injury Prevention. 2000; 6:263-267.

                    5. Firearms are used far more often to intimidate than in self-defense.

                    Using data from a national random-digit-dial telephone survey conducted under the direction of the Harvard Injury Control Center, we examined the extent and nature of offensive gun use.  We found that firearms are used far more often to frighten and intimidate than they are used in self-defense. All reported cases of criminal gun use, as well as many of the so-called self-defense gun uses, appear to be socially undesirable.

                    Hemenway, David; Azrael, Deborah. The relative frequency of offensive and defensive gun use: Results of a national survey. Violence and Victims. 2000; 15:257-272.

                    6. Guns in the home are used more often to intimidate intimates than to thwart crime.

                    Using data from a national random-digit-dial telephone survey conducted under the direction of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, we investigated how and when guns are used in the home. We found that guns in the home are used more often to frighten intimates than to thwart crime; other weapons are far more commonly used against intruders than are guns.

                    Publication: Azrael, Deborah R; Hemenway, David. In the safety of your own home: Results from a national survey of gun use at home. Social Science and Medicine. 2000; 50:285-91.

                    7. Adolescents are far more likely to be threatened with a gun than to use one in self-defense.

                    We analyzed data from a telephone survey of 5,800 California adolescents aged 12-17, which asked questions about gun threats against, and self-defense gun use by these young people.  We found that these young people were far more likely to be threatened with a gun than to use a gun in self-defense, and most of the reported self-defense gun uses were hostile interactions between armed adolescents.  Males, smokers, binge drinkers, those who threatened others and whose parents were less likely to know their whereabouts were more likely both to be threatened with a gun and to use a gun in self-defense.

                    Hemenway, David; Miller, Matthew.  Gun threats against and self-defense gun use by California adolescents. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2004; 158:395-400.

                    8. Criminals who are shot are typically the victims of crime

                    Using data from a survey of detainees in a Washington D.C. jail, we worked with a prison physician to investigate the circumstances of gunshot wounds to these criminals.
                    We found that one in four of these detainees had been wounded, in events that appear unrelated to their incarceration. Most were shot when they were victims of robberies, assaults and crossfires. Virtually none report being wounded by a “law-abiding citizen.”

                    May, John P; Hemenway, David. Oen, Roger; Pitts, Khalid R. When criminals are shot: A survey of Washington DC jail detainees. Medscape General Medicine. 2000; June 28. www.medscape.com

                    9-10. Few criminals are shot by decent law abiding citizens

                    Using data from surveys of detainees in six jails from around the nation, we worked with a prison physician to determine whether criminals seek hospital medical care when they are shot. Criminals almost always go to the hospital when they are shot. To believe fully the claims of millions of self-defense gun uses each year would mean believing that decent law-abiding citizens shot hundreds of thousands of criminals.  But the data from emergency departments belie this claim, unless hundreds of thousands of wounded criminals are afraid to seek medical care. But virtually all criminals who have been shot went to the hospital, and can describe in detail what happened there.

                    May, John P; Hemenway, David. Oen, Roger; Pitts, Khalid R. Medical Care Solicitation by Criminals with Gunshot Wound Injuries: A Survey of Washington DC Jail Detainees. Journal of Trauma. 2000; 48:130-132.

                    May, John P; Hemenway, David. Do Criminals Go to the Hospital When They are Shot? Injury Prevention 2002: 8:236-238.

                    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/...

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                    by We Shall Overcome on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 07:25:11 PM PDT

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                  •  You still miss the point ... (1+ / 0-)
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                    Being killed by all the other objects requires being in the immediate presence of said object, to the point that you are aware (usually) of its presence before getting killed. You must be in the car or its path to be injured by it. You must be in the pool to drown. But people have been killed by bullets fired a half-mile away (I'm not going to repost the link to that incident in Ferndale, WA, from last Father's Day weekend because I've posted it already many times in response to you; anyone who wants it can search for it based on the terms I just gave).

                    Irrational fears? Perhaps. But where was this concern about the political consequences of irrational fears when all those people spooked by crime went out and bought guns? The NRA was happy to have all the new names and addresses to harvest from all the background-check forms (something that should be made opt-in only) to bolster its mailing list (I really wonder if the NRA secretly tries to keep violent crime rates at a certain minimum; people who aren't afraid of crime don't buy guns, after all). Should that cut the other way, should people in, say, Florida, become so afraid of being accidentally shot by their fellow patrons that they stop going to movie theaters or restaurants, which then start lobbying the legislature for some sort of fix, the gun lobby will not be able to call itself blameless.

              •  "Would you find a diary titled BikeFAIL to be (1+ / 0-)
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                educational?" ANSWER; Probably yes. What's the problem with that?

                "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

                by rocksout on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 05:10:57 PM PDT

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              •  Actually, go read the link that you posted in (2+ / 0-)
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                more detail:

                Firearms are the second-leading cause of non-natural deaths for kids, typically from a gun the kid finds somewhere around the house, according to a University of Utah report that mentioned additional horrific statistics
                I think you cherry picked yourself into a corner.
      •  See my comment ... (2+ / 0-)
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        ... on the Sheriff's remark upthread.

      •  What a callous argument to make. :( (1+ / 0-)
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        Sane gun laws related to proper storage and handling could reduce dramatically what you refer to as an insignificant number of deaths.  The US has a great track record with passing and enforcing product safety laws.  That concept can and should be extended to firearms.

        •  Less than 1% & declining for a century. (0+ / 0-)

          We could only hope that motor vehicles, falls, choking, bicycles, drowning, fire & poison had the same track record of safety.

          Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

          by FrankRose on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 09:21:27 PM PDT

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  •  Kids & guns (2+ / 0-)
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    "We" adults tend to assume that kids cannot find a gun in their home. Far too often, they know exactly where the guns are "hidden." Sadly, too many children are paying the price of having unsecured (or secured guns for that matter) in their homes & easily accessible.

  •  A friend came home one day (3+ / 0-)
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    went into her office and saw a bullet hole in the window facing the street, so she tracked it to the wall where it lodged. It was chillingly at head height for her, directly crossing the path where she always stands to work between her desk and a table behind the desk chair for convenient proximity.

    A visibly shaken officer sent to investigate immediately realized this as he saw where her work was placed on desk & table. Probably accidental, he says.

    How many instances like this happen daily?

    If you teach your child only one thing, let it be kindness through example.

    by Nodin on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:17:08 PM PDT

  •  Now the NRA (4+ / 0-)

    and its supporters would say that these are unfortunate accidents as they truly are; but at the same time let's not have any kind of gun regulation.  After all, we need our guns to protect us from the latest Boogeyman coming down the road.

  •  Stand Your Ground attempts (0+ / 0-)

    Should make a section for "Stand Your Ground" Wannabees citing those GunFails where someone pulled a gun on someone and it could have easily become a shoutout instead a simple argument. Take these guns away...Please!!!

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:37:21 PM PDT

  •  this is scary! (0+ / 0-)

    this gun situtation allowing guns is really scary,my family won't even go out to a restaurant anymore,for fear that somebody will pull out a gun and start shooting,just the other day a guy in a chicago restaurant pulled his gun out and started shooting.Pretty soon,nobody will be going out on the streets let alone to restaurants.

  •  "I shot myself in the parking lot. " (0+ / 0-)

    "Couldn't sit down for a month. "

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:38:38 PM PDT

  •  Sorry. I'm trying not to laugh. Really. (0+ / 0-)
    The man instantly knew he had shot himself in the foot

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:40:52 PM PDT

  •  Knives. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm a blades man.  I own more knives than I can count.  I have 'em all - folders, fixed blades, multi-tools, historical knives, even a couple of machetes and a sword kicking around.

    I'm a Scout Leader; I teach knife safety to ten-year-old boys.  Religiously.  Fervently.  Fanatically.

    Right now, I know where every single one of my knives are.  While they are not locked up, they are all out of sight, and the pocketknife I had on my person all day (concealed carry, no less!) is up on top of a high dresser where my son can't reach it without mountaineering equipment.

    Not that he would - he wears the uniform too and knows his way around a sharp object.

    I can't even comprehend doing some of the stupid things I read gun owners doing with my beloved blades.

    I suppose being a "responsible Knife owner" is a completely different thing, isn't it?

    I prefer to remain an enigma.

    by TriSec on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:42:00 PM PDT

  •  Not new but still epic gun fail story (3+ / 0-)
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    This story was on the front page of today's Kansas City Star.

    A gun store in Odessa, Missouri is being sued because it sold a gun to a woman who then killed her father.

    The key paragraph:

    The complaint, filed Wednesday in Lafayette County Circuit Court, says that in June 2012, Odessa Gun & Pawn sold a .45-caliber pistol to Colby Sue Weathers and that Weathers used the gun to fatally shoot her father soon after. Store personnel sold her a gun despite the pleas of her mother, Janet Delana, who had called the store two days earlier to warn them of her daughter’s illness, according to the lawsuit.

    . . .

    The wrongful-death lawsuit accuses three men affiliated with the shop of negligence.

    The beleaguered gun store has help.  In tonight's KC Star:
    Expect the Kansas City area to become quite the hot spot for gun groups like the National Rifle Association over a lawsuit targeting a gun shop in nearby Odessa, Mo.

    [Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security] do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

    by MoDem on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 07:00:43 PM PDT

  •  Responsible Gun Owners (2+ / 0-)
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    You claim to be responsible. We all know guns don't kill people. So take responsibility. If your gun kills someone, you are guilty of murder.

  •  Irresponsible Gun Owners (2+ / 0-)
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    need to be prosecuted when injury or death results and they should be permanently banned from purchasing or possessing firearms in the future. My opinion is that of a responsible gun owner.

  •  Here's another one (2+ / 0-)
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    It was probably too recent to make this diary, but I was disgusted by this story.
     A 16-year-old girl sneaks a 17-year-old boy into her room at night.  Her little brother finds out and tells dad.  Dad confronts the kids and shoots and kills the boy because "the boy dropped his hands as if the grab something."  

    Unfortunately, with the "castle doctrine" in Texas, the dad will probably get no more than a slap on the wrist.  It is not the same as "stand your ground", but in Texas, you can pretty much kill without consequences anyone who is on your property uninvited.  Sad story.

    •  That is exactly how Castle Doctrine... (0+ / 0-)

      doesn't work. If a stranger is in your home in the middle of the night, then yes... you can shoot them. However, if that person is happens to be your brother-in-law or ex-wife, you have some explaining to do.

      From the story it seems that the father didn't know the young man. However, he definitely knew his daughter. And he probably knew that the young man in question was there as a guest of his daughter. Of course, his lawyer will dispute this. Maybe prosecutors can prove he acted out of a jealous rage, maybe they can't.

      But if it can be proved in a courtroom that he shot this young man, knowing that he was there to have sex with his daughter, then he's going to Huntsville.

      You can do whatever you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America.

      by Eric Stratton on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:32:41 AM PDT

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  •  Thank you and Peace to you, David Waldman. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  What's the point of GunFail? (0+ / 0-)

    @David Waldman, I've asked this before, and, if you responded, I didn't see it, so I'll ask again.

    What is your mission for pointing out how stupid gun owners do stupid things? Are you trying to support sane gun legislation? Are you pushing for a total ban of private gun ownership? Are you trolling for anti-gun fanatics reactions? Or do you think you've found an unfulfilled niche to express your "creativity"? Perhaps there's another reason, and if you'd be so good as to let me know, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.

  •  All gunshot wounds can be seen as accidental (0+ / 0-)

    This is in reference to the Russian roulette piece.

    In Russian roulette, assuming you have a six-shooter with only one round loaded, your chances of getting shot are one out of six. So, it's accidental.

    By the same logic, all gunshot wounds can be seen as accidental.

    When you aim a gun right at someone and pull the trigger, it is harder to compute the odds, but it is far from certain that you will hit them: depending on how good you are, how far away you are, and whether or not unusual events intervene (sudden movement, mechanical failure of the firearm, etc.), the odds could vary from even less than one in six to, say, 999 out of a thousand or even better. But it is still never certain: even if you are pressing the gun barrel against the side of your own head, there still is some possibility of a bad round, a jam, or a friend hitting the gun away from your head at the last minute.

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