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Two of 30 guns, each one a GunFAIL, discovered by TSA agents at airports across the country last week.
Two of 30 guns, each one a GunFAIL, discovered by TSA agents at airports across the country last week.
Lots of vague reporting language in the latest collection of stories, which I think kept the numbers of people clearly reported as having shot themselves down from our normal range. Still, a solid 13 people appear to have done so last week. In other news, four of our patriotic friends fired rounds into their neighbors' homes, and one into a neighboring hotel room, two accidentally discharged weapons they were cleaning, which of course means they were cleaning them while they were still loaded. Three were accidentally shot in hunting accidents, and three were accidentally shot by guns being shown around for no particular reason whatsoever. And that's not counting those accidents caused by "playing with" guns.

"Playing with" guns is usually what's behind a significant number of our child victims of GunFAIL, and it's no exception this week. Twelve kids were accidentally shot this time, ages 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 17, 17, plus one more described simply as a juvenile, and fully half of them did not survive the accident. Four sibling-on-sibling shootings were counted this week, as well as accidents wounding one son, two wives, and a nephew.

The nephew, an 11-year-old boy, stands out as one of the most egregious, and yet in many ways, the most routine of our GunFAIL stories. He and his 11-year-old cousin had asked to see his uncle's gun collection, which the uncle dutifully unlocked from his gun safe, suggesting he was perhaps a rather responsible gun owner after all, though the benefit of hindsight tells us that time was quickly coming to an end. In demonstrating the coolness of the laser sight attached to his Glock 27, the uncle fell prey to the old "there's no magazine in it" trick, trained the laser sight on his nephew's forehead, and then threw a lifetime of responsible gun ownership away in a split second. He also killed his nephew, of course. But the real tragedy is that now the uncle looks like a simple "gun nut," which is politically difficult.

The week's other stories aren't any easier to swallow, either. They include yet another "I thought he was an intruder" situation, and one "I only meant to scare my son, not shoot and kill him" story. After more than a year of collecting these stories, we know that these shocking examples are actually routine enough that we can summarize and categorize them with a short and familiar phrase.

Lastly, there's one update to a story included in the previous GunFAIL installment, number LXVII. It was the story of a 13-year-old Memphis, TN, boy who had accidentally shot and killed his 10-year-old sister. It turns out that the boy is actually the second brother in his family to accidentally shoot one of their sisters.

I can't top that one, at the moment. So on to this week's list, below the fold.

  1. EL DORADO HILLS, CA, 2/08/14: 2:45 a.m. Deputies responded to a report of an accidental gunshot wound on Springburn Way in El Dorado Hills. The investigation revealed no criminal intent. Two firearms were taken for safe keeping
  2. ALOHA, OR, 2/08/14: An Aloha man accused of firing his weapon twice into a hotel ceiling, underneath an occupied room, has been convicted and sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court. Deputies responded to an America’s Best Inn about 10:20 p.m. on Feb. 8 after a friend of the suspect’s girlfriend reported to authorities the suspect had made threats of suicide to his girlfriend and had fired a gun twice. Deputies found Rudolfo Verdugo, 44, later the same night near the 3300 block of Southwest 198th Avenue in Aloha. Deputies recovered the loaded gun underneath the deck of a house, according to a probable cause affidavit. Verdugo told deputies he accidentally fired the gun in the hotel room while he loaded it and flinched during the discharge, causing the second shot, according to the affidavit. Verdugo told deputies he did not check to see if anyone was hurt. Verdugo then decided to get rid of the gun because he was scared, according to the affidavit. The room above Verdugo was occupied but no injuries were reported.
  3. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, 4/21/14: Madison Whitmore was dead-bolting the front door of her boyfriend's Jefferson Park Avenue apartment at about 10 p.m. April 21, when the bullet crashed through and lodged in the opposite wall. The 7.62mm round fired from an AK-47-style semiautomatic rifle missed Whitmore by 2 feet, going through her boyfriend's bike, she said Tuesday. "I went and hid in the bedroom because I could not process how close I came," the University of Virginia Law School third-year student said. Charlottesville police arrested Phil Pil Woo Lee and Jung Cho, both 22 and both UVa undergrads, on misdemeanor charges of reckless handling of a firearm. They were acquitted three days later following a bench trial, said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Joe Platania. "There was no dispute about what happened; the question was if this was a criminal act or an accident," Platania said. Neither drugs nor alcohol were involved, and Lee and Cho did not appear to have been roughhousing, Platania said. "It was a very close case, and I think the court wrestled with it, but you need proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict someone in this country," he said. "The line between reckless and an accident is a very fine one, but we felt that we had enough to charge it."
  4. BATAVIA, NY, 4/22/14: While on a check-the-welfare call April 22, the handgun of a Batavia police officer discharged unexpectedly, Chief Shawn Heubusch confirmed today. The accidental discharged is being investigated, but the good news, the chief said, is nobody was hurt. Officers responded to a check-the-welfare call in the Grand View Apartments complex and the chief said the officers were either concerned the person they were checking on was in danger or could be a danger to others. An officer for this reason drew his or her weapon and when the officer went to return his weapon to its holster, the Glock .40 caliber fired. The investigation so far has not ruled out a mistaken discharge or a gun malfunction. What has been ruled out is defect with the holster. Heubusch confirmed that buttons on the sides of officers jackets have been known to catch on the triggers of guns, but the office in this case was not wearing a jacket and the officer had on no other clothing that might have caught on the trigger. The officer's name is not being released. Outside of acknowledging that the incident took place, the case is being handled as a personnel matter, which requires confidentiality for the officer involved.
  5. MCINTOSH, AL, 4/25/14: Sexton Adams, of McIntosh, Ala., said he accidentally shot his 17-year-old son Darius Friday morning after the boy allegedly came home behaving in a bizarre and aggressive manner. Adams said he tried scaring him with a gun, but it went off by mistake. He has not been charged in the shooting, according Call News. Adams told the Washington County Sheriff’s office he felt threatened by the boy and had no intention of actually pulling the trigger. Darius was shot in the stomach with a .38 Special revolver. Adams told deputies that his son had come home on Friday morning at around 2 a.m. and was acting totally out of character but did not offer specifics at the time. The 55-year-old father did tell investigators he felt threatened enough by his son’s behavior to get his revolver but that he had no intentions of shooting it. Adams thought that, by showing his son the gun, he would instill enough fear into him to change his erratic behavior. “He cocked the pistol and in the process, according to him, the pistol went off,” Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer,”said.  “know, it’s just a very tragic thing. The man killed his own son. It just doesn’t get much worse than that.”
  6. LOUISVILLE, KY, 4/26/14: According to a preliminary investigation by the Louisville Metro Police Department, a four-year-old boy accidentally shot himself and faces life-threatening injuries. Alicia Smiley, LMPD Public Information Officer, said the incident happened around 3:20 p.m. Saturday in the boy's home in the 2100 block of Narrangansett Avenue near Algonquin Park. LMPD reported the boy is alive and is being treated at Kosair Children's Hospital. It is not clear who the gun belonged to. They boy's mother and two other children were also in the home. No other injuries were reported. The Homicide Unit of the LMPD is conducting the investigation. UPDATE: Kamarion Posey, the 4-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the face April 26 at his home, has died of his injuries at Kosair Children's Hospital.
  7. LIGONIER, IN, 4/26/14: A young boy was accidentally shot yesterday in North Ligonier. The Noble County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call of a shooting at 5211 West CR 1100 at 12:26. When officers arrived they found that a 7-year-old Jaylin Miller had been struck by a single gun shot and was deceased. The investigation revealed that Jaylin and his brother were out in the yard with a firearm, attempting to kill ground moles while outside the firearm was accidentally discharged by his brother which struck him. The investigation by the Noble County Sheriff Department and Noble County Coroner confirmed that it was an accidental shooting.
  8. CALEDONIA, NY, 4/26/14: Livingston County Sheriff's deputies arrested a York man Saturday after he allegedly accidentally shot another man in the face. Kenneth Rogers, 30, was arrested after deputies received an ambulance call to 1058 McEwen Rd. for the report of a person with a gunshot wound to the face. Deputies arrived and found Jeffery Wilkin, 28, sitting in the bathroom of the residence with a bloody cloth on his face. An investigation later determined both Wilkins and Rogers were drinking alcohol and Rogers accidentally fired a .22 caliber rifle containing bird shot. The shot struck Wilkins in the face. Rogers was arraigned on one count of felony reckless endangerment and remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 secured bond.
  9. BILLINGS, MT, 4/26/14: A Billings homeowner accidentally shot a 19-year-old man staying in his house late Saturday night. Around 11 p.m., Billings police responded to a report of a shooting at 1328 Mirror Lake Lane off Lake Elmo Drive. Sgt. Pat Curry said that the 19-year-old man was in the garage of the house making a phone call. The man was a family friend of the 50-year-old homeowner, who was letting the 19-year-old stay with him while he attends seminary school in town. The 19-year-old was being quiet so as not to wake anyone in the home, Curry said, and the homeowner mistook the man for an intruder and shot him. Curry said it looked like the man was shot in the chest. Curry said the injury appeared to be non-life-threatening. The man was taken to a Billings hospital for treatment. At press time, Curry didn’t have any information on what type of gun the homeowner used. Curry said the homeowner will probably not be charged with anything, unless the man dies and then a negligent homicide charge could be brought against the shooter.
  10. ST. ALBANS, WV, 4/26/14: A man was taken to a hospital after being accidentally shot in St. Albans, WV. According to a news release issued by the St. Albans Police Department, 37-year-old Kevin Tolbert walked into the Kanawha County Ambulance station on 5th Street at about 7:40 p.m. Saturday, April 26, with a small wound to his left hand.  He was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The device Tolbert described, which accidentally went off in his hand when he was walking in the area of the 400 block of 6th Avenue, led to the dispatching of the Bomb Squad of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, as a precaution. The news release says a man who accompanied Tolbert led police to the device at a residence on Gallatin Street in Amandaville, finding it to be a zip gun, which is a disguised weapon with a flashlight on one end and a short gun barrel concealed inside exiting the other end.  It fires a small caliber handgun bullet. According to the news release, there is an investigation on this gun and the incident.
  11. WYTHEVILLE, VA, 4/26/14: An Elk Creek man has been charged with shooting a Rural Retreat woman in the hand following an incident early Saturday morning in the parking lot of a Wytheville restaurant. Jonathan Drew Hall, 25, was charged with reckless handling of a firearm and firing a weapon within town, both misdemeanors. Wytheville Police Chief Rick Arnold said officers were called to the Log House Restaurant’s parking lot around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday. There they found that Kimberly R. Childress, 26, of Rural Retreat, had been shot in the hand with a .45-caliber pistol. Officers interviewed Childress in Wythe County Community Hospital’s emergency room, where she was being treated. He said Childress told officers that she and two other females were with Hall and another man at the bar Friday night into early Saturday morning. Childress, the chief said, was apparently the designated driver and when Hall went to the car she went, too. Hall opened the trunk and Childress saw the pistol, Chief Arnold stated. Hall picked up the gun to show Childress it was unloaded and the weapon discharged, hitting Childress in the hand, the officer said. Only one shot was fired, Arnold reported, and it appears to have been an accident. The car, Arnold said, was a 2004 Hyundai four-door sedan registered to Kristie L. Frazier of Rural Retreat. After being shot in the hand, Arnold stated, the victim returned to the bar for help. She was taken to the hospital by the two other females and Hall ran away, according to the officer. Deputies with the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office stopped Hall on North 4th Street later in the morning. At that time, he was charged with being drunk and disorderly in public, the chief stated.
  12. AMARILLO, TX, 4/26/14: Amarillo police are investigating a Saturday morning aggravated assault in which a man pistol-whipped a woman, causing the gun to fire a bullet through the front door of an apartment. About 3 a.m., police responded to the call in a third-floor apartment in the 3300 block of Eddy Street. Officers learned a 21-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were fighting. The man hit the woman with his fist, knocking her down, police said. When she tried to reach her cell phone, the man picked it up and walked to the apartment door with it. When she tried to stop him, he hit her in the head with a .45 caliber handgun, causing the gun to discharge, police said. The man then left, and police took the gun, which belonged to another resident of the apartment. The woman was hospitalized, and police said she was not seriously injured. Police have not located the man. About 9 a.m., police responded to a call in the 3300 block of Nebraska Street, where a homeowner found a bullet that had penetrated an exterior wall and lodged into an interior wall of his house. Police said the bullet may have been the same bullet fired earlier that morning.
  13. NASHUA, NH, 4/26/14: Police say an intoxicated man shot himself in the leg early Saturday morning while inside his Oak Hill Lane apartment. Police were called at 2:55 a.m. to St. James Place for a report of a disorderly group. When they arrived, they found Peter Powers, 23, of 4 Oak Hill Lane, suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg. He was taken to a hospital where he was treated and later released. Detectives learned Powers was intoxicated and in possession of a firearm when he accidentally shot himself in the leg inside his apartment. Police said another man was inside the apartment at the time of the accidental shooting. He was not injured. Powers was arrested and charged with reckless conduct, a class B felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
  14. ROSEVILLE, CA, 4/26/14: Roseville police have arrested a man on suspicion of negligently firing a round from a weapon into his neighbor’s wall. A woman came home about 6 p.m. Saturday to find a bullet hole in the interior wall of her apartment in the 800 block of Gibson Drive. Officers investigated and arrested her neighbor, 40-year-old Ryan Eugene Shirley. His charges included suspicion of possessing a firearm by a person prohibited by courts from having one, possessing an assault weapon and possessing a large capacity magazine. Police said Shirley is out of custody after posting $50,000 bail. The bullet hole was from a handgun. While investigating the apparently accidental discharge, officers found the illegal assault rifle and ammunition, according to police.
  15. PETALUMA, CA, 4/26/14: Petaluma police detectives, investigating what happened to a 17-year-old Petaluma teen with a gunshot wound to his chest, have evidence the teen may have shot himself. Petaluma Lt. Matt Stapleton Wednesday said the youth hasn't been cooperating with the investigation and has offered differing versions as to what happened to him, including that the shot could have been self-inflicted. Stapleton said evidence supports the theory he shot himself. The investigation began Saturday night when the teen stumbled into his father's Petaluma home, suffering from the wound. The teen, who hasn't been identified, remained hospitalized as of Tuesday, Stapleton said.
  16. MCMINN CO., TN, 4/26/14: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is investigating a hunting accident involving a firearm that occurred on County Road 83 in McMinn County Saturday. The accident resulted in one injury.
  17. BRUNSWICK, OH, 4/26/14: 4500 block Aspen Lake Drive; a man accidentally shot himself in the hand while cleaning and moving his 9 mm semi-automatic Springfield Armory pistol. The man was taken to the hospital and police were able to locate the gun, with 11 rounds in the magazine. The spent round was found on the floor in the bedroom.
  18. MATTITUCK, NY, 4/27/14: A 71-year-old Eastport man contacted Southold Police to claim the handgun that was found on the floor of the Mattituck Hess station Sunday afternoon. Frederick Benz flagged down a Southold Town police officer shortly after realizing he had accidentally left the gun behind. The gun was returned to Mr. Benz after he showed proof of ownership and it was confirmed that he could legally possess a handgun, police said. The gun had been found around 1 p.m. by 54-year-old Frank Mole of Massapequa Park, a boater who was on his way out to the water when he stopped to use the rest room.
  19. MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/27/14: Minneapolis police said a reported shooting turned out to be an accidental gun discharge early Sunday morning. Police were called to the scene on the 2300 block of Aldrich Avenue North just before 4 a.m. One person was accidentally shot but suffered a non-life threatening injury.
  20. WEST ORANGE, NJ, 4/27/14: A federal air marshal accidentally shot himself in the leg with his service weapon inside of a West Orange office building this morning, police said. The marshal, who was not identified, suffered non-life threatening injuries after the shooting occurred around 10:30 a.m. inside of an office building on Rooney Circle, said West Orange Police Sgt. David Palmere. The marshal was taken to University Hospital in Newark, according to Palmere, who said the weapon used was a handgun. It was not clear what led to the shooting, and no one else was injured, Palmere said. While the incident remains under investigation, it did not appear that the marshal or anyone else would face criminal charges, according to Palmere.
  21. HUNTSVILLE, AL, 4/27/14: Newson Road: Someone was shot accidentally in the 4100 block close to 8 p.m. His injuries were not life-threatening.
  22. SPRINGFIELD, OH, 4/27/14: The husband of a 46-year-old woman shot in the buttocks at their home this afternoon was charged with negligent assault. Kent Scott told Springfield police he picked up a backpack from the floor when a handgun fell out. As he reached to pick it up, it discharged, Springfield police Sgt. Doug Pergram said. Kimberly Scott was hit in the left buttock, and the bullet was lodged in her right buttock near her hip, he said. "It was an accidental gunshot wound," Pergram said. Police and medics were called at 3:23 p.m. to the home in the 600 block of Damascus Avenue. The couple was not arguing, and drugs or alcohol was not involved, he said. Kimberly Scott was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center and was later flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she was treated and released, hospital records show. Kent Scott was processed and released from the Clark County Jail, Pergram said.
  23. JACKSON CO., IN, 4/27/14: A mushroom hunter escaped serious injury Sunday after he was shot by a Danville man adjusting the sights on his shotgun in northwestern Jackson County. 65-year-old James Wilson of Kurtz was treated for minor injuries at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour Sunday afternoon. According to Conservation Officer Phil Nale, Wilson was hit with five pellets in the chest area and one in the left cheek. Wilson told police he had been hunting mushrooms on Gorbetts Chapel Road in the Hoosier National Forest when he was shot. Both men told police they had not seen each other before Morgan fired his shotgun. Nale was notified by the hospital staff about the incident at 2:35 p.m. According to Nale, Wilson was in a thicket 60 to 70 yards away from Morgan when he was shot. Morgan was apparently sighting his weapon when he fired the shot that hit Wilson. Nale says that activity generally is reserved for a shooting range. The incident is still under investigation and Nale says he still has to speak to Morgan about the shooting.
  24. FAIRBANKS, AK, 4/27/14: A Fairbanks man was treated at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after shooting himself in the hand on Sunday while cleaning a handgun. John Murphy, 53, called police at 2:47 p.m. to report the accident. Murphy told police he thought the gun was unloaded but that turned out not to be the case. The bullet entered and exited Murphy’s hand before striking a frying pan and falling to the floor. Murphy was treated at the hospital and released.
  25. SEBASTIAN CO., AR, 4/28/14: Sebastian County authorities are investigating an accidental shooting just south of Hackett Monday morning (April 28th). That shooting happened around 8:30 a.m. off of Tyro Road in the rural part of the county, according to Sebastian County Investigator Philip Pevehouse. Once deputies got on scene, they ruled that the shooting was accidental. The victim sustained non life-threatening injuries and is being taken to a local hospital to be treated, according to Pevehouse. At this point, the cause of the shooting is still under investigation, Pevehouse said.
  26. DURHAM, NC, 4/28/14: A 9-year-old boy was shot and killed in a Macon Street home on Monday night, according to Durham police. Officers responded to the home at 412 Macon about 9:40 p.m. The child, whose name is not being released at this time, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said Tuesday morning that it appeared to be an accidental shooting involving juveniles. "Investigators are continuing to work to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting," Michael said. UPDATE: Durham police have released the name of a 9-year-old boy accidentally shot to death at his home. Police said Christian Pittman died in the shooting Monday night. Police Chief Jose Lopez said Christian and an older brother were playing with a gun when it went off.
  27. BEDFORD, IN, 4/29/14: Lawrence County police were alerted after a 13-year-old boy was taken to Indiana University Bedford Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. According to Sheriff Sam Craig, officers were contacted by emergency room workers at 7:53 p.m. "The incident happened on Back Creek Road," Craig says. "We are still gathering information and should have more information available this afternoon. We do know at this time it was an accidental shooting." Craig says that officers were told the wound was not serious.
  28. WICHITA, KS, 4/29/14: A child shot and killed his 1-year-old brother after finding a loaded gun in a nightstand, Wichita Police said. The shooting, which is being investigated as accidental, happened around 2 p.m. in the 1300 block of north Pennsylvania Avenue. Police said 911 dispatchers received a call from an upset person about a shooting in the area, but could not get an exact address from the caller because he was so distraught. A second 911 call was made, saying the child was on the way to the hospital in a private vehicle. The 19-month-old boy was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. During the course of the investigation, police said a 4-year-old child found the loaded gun in a nightstand drawer. He didn't take it out, but pulled the trigger. The bullet went through the nightstand and struck his brother in the chest. Another sibling, a 3-year-old girl, was also in the bedroom at the time. Police said the children's parents were in the living room during the incident.
  29. KANSAS CITY, MO, 4/29/14: Two teenagers are charged in what authorities say was an accidental shooting death of a Kansas City woman. Jackson County authorities say 40-year-old Tina Castor died Tuesday after she was shot while sitting in a friend's car. The two suspects, both 16, were playing with guns in the back seat of the car. Investigators say one of the teenagers, a relative of Castro's, touched a trigger of a gun and fired a single shot into her back. She died at the scene. The Kansas City Star reports the teenagers have been charged as juveniles with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.
  30. CHARLESTON, WV, 4/30/14: Charleston police are investigating a violent robbery. It happened on the 11-hundred block of Livingston Avenue around 1 a.m. Police said the suspect pistol-whipped and tried to rob two men this morning. During the robbery, police believe the suspect accidentally shot himself in the foot.  Another man drove the suspect to the hospital, but not before they crashed their vehicle nearby, police said. Shortly after, the two victims also showed to the hospital complaining of head and other injuries. Detectives are interviewing all people involved right now. Charges are pending against the robbery suspect, they said. UPDATE: Two men are being charged with malicious wounding and robbery after police say they robbed and hit two men with pistols in Charleston, WV. According to a criminal complaint, Darius Rose and Grant Patterson used pistols to hit and rob William Nice and Mark Richards. Richards had to get 10 staples in his head from the beating. Nice received abrasions on the left side of his face. During the robbery Patterson shot himself in the foot.
  31. UTICA, KY, 4/30/14: A Utica woman was taken to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital Wednesday morning after being accidentally shot in the foot. Morgan Palmiter, a detective with the Daviess County Sheriff's Department, said Mary Stancil, 48, of the 10900 block of Mill Street in Utica, was shot in the left foot sometime between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Palmiter said Stancil told deputies she dropped her husband's .45 caliber handgun at their home and it discharged, striking her foot.
  32. PICO RIVERA, CA, 4/30/14: A 16-year-old boy accidentally shot and wounded his brother with a shotgun late Wednesday at their Pico Rivera home, authorities said. The injured 18-year-old man was struck in the legs, shoulders and arms by what was believed to be birdshot in the incident, but was expected to survive his injuries, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Chapman said. The shooting took place about 7:30 p.m. in the 5600 block of Eglise Avenue, the sergeant said. The young men apparently discovered a shotgun in the home and were handling it when it discharged, striking the older brother, Chapman said. “He was transported to (Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center) for treatment,” Chapman said. “It’s my understanding that he’s going to be okay.” Deputies determined the shooting was accidental and no arrests were made Wednesday, he said. Officials were continuing to investigate the incident and determine exactly who the shotgun belonged to, and how the 16-year-old boy ended up in possession of it.
  33. BRONX, NY, 4/30/14: An off-duty New York City corrections officer accidentally fired his weapon and the bullet went into his neighbor's apartment. The 52 year old corrections department captain accidentally fired a shot from his service revolver inside his Bronx apartment on Wednesday night, officials said. The bullet went through the wall and into a neighbor's apartment. The neighborwas not injured. The officer was initially facing reckless endangerment and related charges, but prosecutors declined to pursue the case.
  34. LOUP CITY, NE, 4/30/14: The Sherman County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of Kearney police is investigating what appears to be an accidental shooting in Loup City. Sherman County officials were called to a Loup City home a little after 10 p.m. Wednesday, where a woman at the residence was reportedly shot by her husband. According to authorities, Michael Hill had fallen asleep with a handgun on his chest that he had previously been checking. Officers were told the gun went off when Sandra Hill tried to awaken her husband. Sandra Hill was shot in her hip and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. Authorities say she is in stable condition. The shooting appears accidental, but officers say alcohol was involved. The investigation is ongoing.
  35. FULKS RUN, VA, 5/01/14: A Fulks Run man faces charges after an accidental shooting in the town Thursday morning. At approximately 10:30 a.m., the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accidental shooting at 14480 Nash Hill Lane in Fulks Run. Jeremy Reid, 28, was cleaning a rifle and pointing it at a glass door, and in doing so he pulled the trigger and the weapon fired, according to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office. Law enforcement says the round traveled through the glass door and hit Gene Bare, 56, of Fulks Run, who was standing outside a storage unit approximately 80 yards away. The round was a 7.62 X 37 SKS rifle round that hit Bare in the upper right arm, and went through the arm and lodged in his chest cavity. Bare was transported by ambulance to J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, and then was flown to U. Va. Medical Center in a medical helicopter. He is in critical condition at this time. Reid faces two charges: a felony charge for shooting from an occupied dwelling and a misdemeanor charge for reckless handling of a firearm. He was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
  36. TIOGA, LA, 5/01/14: A teenager was killed Thursday afternoon in an accidental shooting in Tioga, authorities reported today. The victim was Tony Lawson, 17 of Tioga, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office. “The victim and some friends were mishandling a firearm that they presumed was unloaded, and it discharged, striking the victim once,” said Sheriff William Earl Hilton. The shooting occurred about 4 p.m. Thursday in the 5000 block of Oaklane Road in Tioga, officials said.
  37. SANTA FE CO., NM, 5/01/14: Police said a 79-year-old man died after he shot himself in the stomach at a home on Arbol Grande.
  38. BUTLER TOWNSHIP, PA, 5/02/14: An Aspers woman was taken to the hospital following an accidental shooting, according to police. Troopers at Pennsylvania State Police, Gettysburg, are investigating the shooting in the 400 block of Center Mills Road in Butler Township around 1 a.m. Friday. Police said Tiffany Crouse, 24, was shot in the leg with a .45 caliber revolver and taken to York Hospital. The incident remains under investigation.
  39. POTTSTOWN, PA, 5/02/14: Police investigate a shooting where a teenaged male accidentally discharged the weapon into his leg Friday night. The incident occurred in Lesher Alley near Evans Street in the borough. UPDATE: The 15-year-old who accidentally shot himself Friday night was on probation for a previous offense and carrying a gun with the serial number scratched out when he wounded himself in the foot.
  40. DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, PA, 5/03/14: An 11-year-old boy died after being shot in the head by his uncle, according to state police in Pike County. Chad Olm, 34, was arrested and locked up on a charge of homicide. According to state police, the shooting happened around 5:30 p.m, Saturday at a home in Wild Acres development near Dingmans Ferry. Hunter Pedersen was at a family gathering that included Olm, who was his uncle, as well as Olm’s own son. Prosecutors say Olm was showing the boys his gun collection, which included a Glock 27 with a laser sight on it. According to court papers, Olm was showing the pistol to the boys and pointed the laser on the ceiling and walls. He then allegedly pointed the laser at his nephew’s forehead. Investigators believe Pedersen may have reached for the pistol before Olm pulled the trigger. UPDATE: According to police, the two boys asked Olm if they could see his handgun collection, which was in his bedroom in the basement of his parents' Wild Acres home in Pike County. Olm removed the guns from a locked safe and showed the boys each one. The last gun was a Glock 27 .40-caliber handgun with a laser sight. Olm said the gun didn't have a magazine in it, but he did not work the action to check or clear it, according to court papers. Laser on, he pointed the gun at the head of his nephew and pulled the trigger.
  41. CLEVELAND, OH, 5/03/14: A shooting near Case Western Reserve University prompted a security alert on the school’s campus early Saturday morning. According to Chris Sheridan, the Vice President for University Marketing and Communications, the shooting took place off campus and did not involve anyone affiliated with the university. Case Western issued the warning as a precautionary measure until it learned the details of the shooting. A Case Western University police officer responded to the shooting on Wade Park Avenue just before 1 a.m. According to police, a group of juveniles had been gathered on Wade Park Avenue when they saw four other young people walking nearby. One of the juveniles had a handgun and shot it in the air, as a threat to the other group of kids. When he tried to put the gun back into his waistband, he accidentally shot one of his friends in the thigh. No one else was injured.
  42. MILWAUKEE, WI, 5/03/14: A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot himself Saturday afternoon at a home on Milwaukee's northwest side, police said. The shooting occurred just after 2 p.m. when the boy was playing with a handgun that he found at a residence in the 8600 block of N. 106th St., according to a police news release. Milwaukee Fire Department paramedics took the boy to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for treatment of a gunshot wound. Police did not disclose the child's condition.
  43. OTTAWA, KS, 5/03/14: A 28-year-old Ottawa man suffered a gunshot wound to a foot in a hunting mishap Saturday morning, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office said. Emergency personnel were dispatched just after 7 a.m. to the scene in the 20100 block of S. Shawnee Heights Road. Deputies found Justin Smith with a gunshot wound that wasn’t life-threatening to his right foot. Deputies determined the shooting to be accidental. Smith was taken to a Topeka hospital for treatment.

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  •  in the case of #3, why do (7+ / 0-)

    undergrads, albeit in VA, have an assault rifle presumably given back to them after they were acquitted, since the only problems in Charlottesville seem to be with police enforcing liquor ordinances on purchases of bottled water, but will their student judiciary defense against expulsion be UVA's Thomas Jefferson's own Letter to Major John Cartwright (5 June 1824).:

    Draft 1: "No Freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
    Draft 2: "No Freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [in his own lands or tenements]."
    Draft 3: "No Freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [in his own lands or tenements]."
    The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, ... or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.
    Whitmore said she plans to testify at a University Judiciary Committee hearing to determine if any of UVA's 12 standards of conduct was violated.
    Those include conduct which "intentionally or recklessly threatens the health or safety" of anyone at a university-sanctioned function, on university property or at the permanent or temporary home of a student, faculty member or visitor, according to the UVa website.

    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 May 07, 2014 at 09:02:25 PM PDT

  •  Responsible. Until they aren't. (16+ / 0-)

    Or show up at a ranch to defend a 20 year deadbeat.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Wed May 07, 2014 at 09:02:38 PM PDT

  •  "I can't top that one, at the moment..." (12+ / 0-)

    Me either, David Waldman:

    Lastly, there's one update to a story including in the previous GunFAIL installment, number LXVII. It was the story of a 13-year-old Memphis, TN boy who had accidentally shot and killed his 10-year-old sister. It turns out that the boy is actually the second brother in his family to accidentally shoot one of their sisters.
    Double the tragedy --- and looks like both instances could have and should have been avoided. Wonder whether any lessons were learned, this time?

    (Repeated here for emphasis and for the benefit of any reader who either did not see or bother to follow your links from this diary to this macabre account.)

  •  Have you ever thought of doing (3+ / 0-)
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    Gun Fail Japan , Australia , England or Germany ?

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Wed May 07, 2014 at 09:19:32 PM PDT

    •  not to argue with you but as an observation, (1+ / 0-)
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      I think much death is senseless and destructive but then several folks near to me have died in the past 3 years so my view may be a bit jaundiced.  (A neighbor died last week when she apparently pulled out in front of an 18 wheeler.  It appears she was texting and the truck was in her blind spot)  

      •  Yes like when I was teaching high school and now (3+ / 0-)
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        my sister about to retire after teaching high school seniors for 30 yrs, once a year almost like clockwork..either fall or spring it of our students would either be seriously injured, or paralyzed or killed in an auto accident. It affects every community and every high school.

        I remember teaching a class of at risk kids who were both working part time and going to high school half a day. There were only about a dozen kids in my class. Well we lost one of the boys early into the school year. I walked into class and everyone was crying. They showed me the photo of the accident and I started to tear up and between classes, I went into the corner of the classroom, put my head down on a desk, and sobbed.  I had a free period thank god.

        But then to lose kids through gun violence breaks my heart too..any child or teen death breaks my heart

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        by wishingwell on Sat May 10, 2014 at 01:01:17 PM PDT

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        •  years ago a group of teens were drag racing (0+ / 0-)

          before school.  They hit a propane truck on a blind curve.  5 teens died and the truck driver burned to death.  One guy who had pulled a couple of tours in VN said he had not seen anything like it as the would be rescuers were forced to stand and watch the guy burn as the truck doors were jammed shut and no one could break the glass.  One neighbor, a WWII tank commander, had tears in his eyes when he said, "and no one had a gun".  I had gone to Sunday School with the truck driver

  •  just an observation on the sidewheeler snubbie (2+ / 0-)
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    A handgun is by its nature accurate mostly at close range.  the longer the barrel, the more accurate the weapon so you have some extreme examples such as "Buntline Specials" which may have a barrel 18" long.  Larger calibers such as the ones produced by Magnum Research generally have barrels 12" or longer and may even have a bipod to help support the barrel.  Guns such as these are more accurate but are generally heavier (4-6 lbs) and impossible for concealed carry but are meant only for the range.

    For concealed carry, a 6" barrel is more accurate but somewhat unwieldy while a 4" barrel is more concealable and carriable but suffers somewhat in accuracy IMHO.

    Guns with barrels of 2" or less (yes I have seen "cutdowns with 1" barrels) and are known as "belly guns" some say because they are designed to be carried in the waistband and others say they are for close range combat and made to be discharged from a distance of less than a foot into the target's belly.  Several of the more famous Western gunfights involved belly guns at close range

    IMHO belly guns, like Saturday Night Specials are inherently unsafe and need to be regulated or at least demilitarized if it is an older piece.  A revolver such as the one pictured above would appear to be inaccurate enough to be a menace to anyone in its fire zone  

    •  The... (0+ / 0-)

      "fire zone" for a defensive handgun is about 7 yards, perhaps as much as 10.  Any further than that, and you are probably going to face criminal charges if you shoot.

      Several currently produced guns have short barrels and are accurate enough at defensive distances.  The Ruger LCR, the North American Arms mini revolvers, and Bond Arms derringers have barrels 2 inches or less.  

      The 1968 gun control act effectively banned the importation of "Saturday Night Specials", those small caliber firearms with short barrels and flimsy construction. Jimenez Arms in Henderson Nevada is the only manufacturer of "Saturday Night Specials" that I know.

      I do not think your proposal to ban short barreled handguns will reduce unintended firearm violence, which is what I believe you are arguing.'s the new smart for right wingers.

      by StevenD56 on Thu May 08, 2014 at 03:24:37 AM PDT

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      •  dunno but still see limited value to a snubbie (1+ / 0-)
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        (BTW I have a couple of Jimenez and find them to be of reasonably good quality)  I also have an NAR but it is only useful as a weapon of absolute last resort where contact is close enough to make aiming non necessary.

        My personal preference for personal carry is for a 4" barrel but I also prefer a shoulder harness for a crossdraw, which requires a custom harness to fit my shoulder.  Any shorter barrel (and I have seen some 1" barrels used on personal carry weapons) and you would have to be close enough, it seems IMO, that you would also run a risk of having a pistol taken from you.  

        •  I don't see any value to any of this.... (1+ / 0-)
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          "Personal carry???"

          Does none of this sink in? I know I'm guilty of doing stupid stuff. Yesterday I was putting in a bunch of plants -- had my sunglasses on and my regular glasses tucked into my collar. I was worried I might damage the glasses with the shovel, as I was fighting with some big roots. Didn't occur to me that I would lose them...until I was starting to clean up and getting ready to water the whole shebang. Wen tino a panic. Girlfriend, neighbor were helping my look. I started digging up the plants I'd put in and digging up other holes, when finally neighbor found the glasses floating near top of a plant.  Stupid. I knew better. But, it was just a pair of glasses. Not a lethal weapon.

          The only thing I ever hear about guns is that someone is accidentally shot -- or that there's some form of domestic issue involved with family or those romantically involved. How many crimes are stopped with a gun in this country? What fraction of gun deaths or gun injuries are suffered by criminals (from civilian and not from police fire) or those who are attacking a relative stranger? In what world can anyone possibly think they are safer with a gun than without one?

          Doesn't the meaning of any of this sink in at some point?

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          by FischFry on Sat May 10, 2014 at 03:26:58 PM PDT

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          •  dunno but if you have ever been shadowed at (0+ / 0-)

            an ATM or have a couple of guys follow you as you go the Post Office from the bank to purchase a MO, you may have a different opinion, esp. if you have a gait impairment and are chronically SOB.  The local PO will not accept a check or CC for a MO but demands cash only which may place a person in the situation of carrying a thousand or more $$$s

            •  It's only money. (0+ / 0-)

              I've been trapped on an empty street by a much bigger person demanding money. It's just money. If I had a gun, I would hope I would have had enough sense not to use it. I didn't have a thousand in cash, of course...but that kind of money still ain't worth your life...or someone else's. Not to mention that your legal bills will be much more than a thousand.

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              by FischFry on Sat May 10, 2014 at 08:33:37 PM PDT

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              •  Locally last year an elderly homeowner (0+ / 0-)

                came home to a home invasion and was told to run.  The invaders emptied several clips at her, fortunately missing her.  Why do you assume that a bad guy, upon picking up a few cool thousands would leave a witness?  I prefer to have some choice in how any situation plays itself out.

                Legal bills?  That assumes there would be a prosecution.  Not all self defense cases end up prosecuted, even the sketchy ones

    •  I Believe Top Photo Is An Antique (1+ / 0-)
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      I think the barrel is too short to be legal on a new gun (certainly for imports) and the cylinder latch on the left side resembles antiques I've seen.

      A 2" barrel limits accuracy quite a bit, although I did shoot my dads S&W clone Taurus as fast as I could at a silhouette at 5 yards and did all right. Recoil greatly reduces accuracy during rapid fire of a snub nosed revolver.

      My best shot with a 4" revolver was hitting a soda can on a 100 yard range dead center with the first shot.

      Movie and tv cliches include giving the snub nosed revolver to a (often inexperienced)  lady because its smaller or something.  This is exactly the person that should be shooting a 4" barrel instead.

      Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

      by bernardpliers on Sat May 10, 2014 at 12:31:19 PM PDT

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    •  Carrying Weapons or Home Protection (0+ / 0-)

      If you are "being followed" call the police and get out of there.  If you are looking for trouble, trouble will find you.  Trouble does not play by rules.  If you are going to be a "heeerroo" (that is what my combat training instructor called anyone who was stupid) by carrying a weapon, ready to protect the wim'n and chillen, then expect to be killed by someone who does not care about your ambitions (except a death wish).

      A fine place for a 38 police special 2" is on the night stand. If you are facing an intruder your range is the door on you bedroom, 10' or 15'.  If you have children don't do that.

      Although a noisy pump 12ga is good for bedrooms, although the pellet holes take time to patch.  But the sound of the pumping action should scare any intruder out the hole it came in.

      •  I don't have a cell phone to start with (0+ / 0-)

        second, average police response time around here is 45 minutes since we have one guy covering this whole end of the county after 5 PM.  Over the years, people have learned to solve their own problems.

        For home defense, I would prefer a double barreled "street howitzer" as pumps can jam and I lack sufficient musculature in my left arm to operate a pump, only having about 30% functionality.

  •  Morons (4+ / 0-)
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    First thing that came to mind.

  •  In case number 5 (1+ / 0-)
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    why was a 17 year old out at 2 AM?

    Speaks volumes for the parenting.

    If I was out at 2 AM when I was 17 - I wouldn't have come home because I knew my father would have shot me.

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Thu May 08, 2014 at 03:40:47 AM PDT

    •  assumes too much (1+ / 0-)
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      i saw an old tree today

      At 17 I was away at college, living in a dorm.

      •  Yes my friend's daughter graduated high school (0+ / 0-)

        early and she was just 16 and in college. But I have to agree with kids living at home under 18, most have some kind of curfew that is reasonable. And in our state, most cannot drive after midnight till they are 18.

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        by wishingwell on Sat May 10, 2014 at 01:07:29 PM PDT

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    •  Yes I would have been grounded until I was 30 and (0+ / 0-)

      trust me, Dad would have found a way to do it. He was a wonderful, nurturing, very good dad but we knew better than to disobey. He would trust us completely and be reasonable but  he had his limits.

      When our son was 17 and came home once at 1 am and did not call us and had our car out , violating his junior license where there was a midnight curfew for all junior licenses... we were not happy at all. My husband gave him a lecture and he never did that again.  

      Some states , kids under 18 cannot operate a vehicle after midnight..junior license is what it is called or was called.

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      by wishingwell on Sat May 10, 2014 at 01:06:30 PM PDT

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  •  This is why we need more guns, not less (4+ / 0-)

    Take the hotel case, here we have just one idiot shooting through a floor, if there were more guns, then maybe the upstairs guy shoots back down. Of course, now you awoke the person in 305, who starts shooting through 304. Well obviously 304 needs to be armed to defend herself, and how can she be expected to spray 3 non linear rooms without a full magazine, at least semi automatic? How can you idiot gun nazis not see we need more guns!!!!!!!

  •  These stories make me sick (6+ / 0-)

    Really, my stomach turns, and I feel nauseous reading these tragedies. Yes, there's a political story here, but damn, each individual case is a tragedy.

    Enough carnage, already.

    -5.38, -2.97
    The NRA doesn't represent the interests of gun owners. So why are you still a member?

    by ChuckInReno on Thu May 08, 2014 at 04:15:08 AM PDT

    •  I know what you mean, Chuck, this week I read (0+ / 0-)

      about a three yr old who shot himself with his mother;'s gun, it was in her purse or kitchen counter. I was so upset, I cannot remember the details but I got nauseated and I had to put down the newspaper and turn on a sitcom to avoid throwing up.

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      by wishingwell on Sat May 10, 2014 at 01:10:39 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks David (3+ / 0-)

    I voted tuesday because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Thu May 08, 2014 at 04:42:46 AM PDT

  •  David - you slog on with this amazing series. (3+ / 0-)

    It must be woefully unpleasant, and yet you do it, with that same dry humor, week after week.

    How did you come to take this task on, or to be assigned it? Just curious....

    “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas Edison, 1931

    by nzanne on Thu May 08, 2014 at 04:59:47 AM PDT

    •  Two things motivated the series. (1+ / 0-)
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      First, there were the three accidental shootings at three separate gun shows on the same day, which just happened to have been proclaimed "Gun Appreciation Day." The news of the first one was ironic and caught my eye. But news of the second one was a stunner, and literally caused a double take. I was just scanning news on my phone while at lunch with the kids, and I couldn't believe it, and had to check the dates and times to be sure I was really seeing what I thought I was seeing.

      By the time news of the third gun show shooting came in, I absolutely had to know just how frequent accidental shootings really were. And once it became obvious that the answer was "pretty frequent," the only way I could keep track of them and make sure I wasn't counting duplicates was to list them by date and place, and link to the stories. So I actually fell into the idea of posting them, just because a diary was the most convenient method at hand for keeping the links handy.

      But that was also just a few weeks after the 12/14 shootings in Newtown, and the hottest topic going was the idea of allowing teachers to carry firearms in the classroom, as protection from potential attacks. As I began counting the accidental shootings and noting their frequency, the idea of putting thousands of guns in thousands of classrooms, for six hours a day, with up to 30 kids in there, and teacher training of varying quality... well, I felt like that maybe wasn't all that likely to be helpful, on balance.

      And I thought others might think so, too.

      •  Ditto 2nite's "Thanks". (2+ / 0-)
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        I've never held a gun and didn't see one until I was 35.  So, this Diary fascinates and depresses me.  I got an insight into their thinking the other day. In line at the gas station a guy was very proudly showing a pic of his new baby daughter. I was all smiles until he said, "When she starts dating, I'll have to keep my guns clean. And I have plenty of them." I understand protecting one's family. I do.  But, I don't understand the automatic decision that it will require lots of clean guns.

  •  reckless conduct for unintentional shooting, 7 yrs (5+ / 0-)

    possible sentence. Glad to see it. Should his weapon be confiscated? Clearly he couldn't "keep" it, responsibly. Should his right to "keep and bear arms" be revoked, for some time, or permanently? Would the felony conviction be enough to do this? (In which states?) Clearly he is not a responsible gun-owner. Should charges be mandatory for all unintentional shootings?

    Powers was intoxicated and in possession of a firearm when he accidentally shot himself in the leg inside his apartment. Powers was arrested and charged with reckless conduct, a class B felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
  •  #40: Point a gun at a child's head and pulled the (1+ / 0-)
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    trigger.  Child dies.  But what if the gun hadn't been loaded.  Would that have been some kind of joke then, a practical gag?  

    We permit any idiot to own a gun, and it seems like every idiot has one.

    No prosecution will bring that child back.  Maybe it will remind others however of some basics about human conduct.

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Thu May 08, 2014 at 03:30:41 PM PDT

  •  Cleaning guns with the help of Old Grand-dad (1+ / 0-)
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    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Thu May 08, 2014 at 03:38:56 PM PDT

  •  CDC: (1+ / 0-)
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    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

    Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

    by FrankRose on Sat May 10, 2014 at 12:37:40 PM PDT

  •  "Cleaning," I'm told, (11+ / 0-)

    usually means "waving a loaded weapon around while drinking a lot of beer and doing really bad Arnold impressions."

  •  OMG the uncle killing his nephew by demonstrating (6+ / 0-)

    the laser....but why must all these idiots pull the trigger, take the safety off and so on to simply show some of his guns to others. Plus I come from a non gun family because my dad was a Marine and in a war and did not hunt. But even he said you never, ever point a gun at someone you do not intend to shoot. My uncle was a state cop who taught us that as small kids.

    Why are people pointing guns at others , especially adults, not intending to shoot the gun or whatever the hell they are doing...

    Idiots all of them.

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    by wishingwell on Sat May 10, 2014 at 12:53:47 PM PDT

    •  They're just exercising their 2A rights. (4+ / 0-)

      They have a Second Amendment right to own guns, and they can have pretty much as many as they want.

      In lots of states, authorities MUST issue gun permits to people unless they have some known basis for disqualification.  So idiots like this get guns if they want.

      Then everyone expresses shock when said idiot does something like this.

      As a lawyer, I'm well acquainted with the concept of "reasonable foreseeability."  Anyone with half a brain can figure out that putting guns into the hands of so many people with so few safeguards is going to have disastrous consequences.  But the country pretends there's nothing we can do.

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Sat May 10, 2014 at 01:26:46 PM PDT

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    •  That one is scarcely believable (4+ / 0-)

      It doesn't make sense, you don't show off a laser sight by pointing it at the observer's forehead, because then the observer cannot see the cool red dot.  That's also too close to the eyes for safety, he could have accidentally blinded the kid even if the gun hadn't been loaded.

      I suspect there is much more to many of these accident stories.  

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Sat May 10, 2014 at 01:47:28 PM PDT

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    •  Probably the uncle had believed for years that if (1+ / 0-)
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      you pop out the magazine, the gun is safe. Maybe he has never understood how magazines and chambers are related to each other. In any case, what a horrible way to get set right.

      On the other hand, how can we allow people that do not understand guns inside and out to have legal access to them?

      When my daughter tried to take her driver's test the first time, the examiner asked her to turn on the warning flashers. She didn't know where the switch was, and that was the end of that: she had to come back and take the test another day. Why can't there be something similar for guns?

      From my perspective, that wouldn't be an infringement of the 2nd Amendment right to be part of the militia, it would be an enhancement of it.

    •  It just amazes me how (0+ / 0-)

      the only time right wingers make positive assumptions about human beings are when said humans possess either of the following:

      1) lots and lots of money
      2) a gun

      "If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life." — Albert Schweitzer

      by mozartssister on Sun May 11, 2014 at 07:27:20 AM PDT

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  •  No. 12 -- Bad etiquette (3+ / 0-)
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    The source of your headline, that is, pistol-whipping a girlfriend causes a gun to accidentally discharge into a neighbor's house.  While I hate when this happens, what you failed to mention Mr. Waldman was that, if the girl friend had only behaved in the first place, this would never have happened.

  •  But yet my elderly friend was arrested for (0+ / 0-)

    something similar and charged. It ended up first time in a hung jury but then the D.A, dropped the charges when his ex wife admitted she lied and the ex wife admitted she had beaten him up. He was in fear for his life when his ex wife broke the window to gain entry to his house waving an axe. He pulled out a gun not intending to use it but just to scare her and to save his life if she came near him again. He was a bloody mess and just got back from the ER after getting stitches. She went back to his house and broke in. Yet the cops arrested him for having a gun.  In fact, my elderly friend called the police to report the break in and said he was not going to use the gun but he had to find some way to keep his mentally ill wife from beating him up again as he was having chest pains and suffered from heart disease. Cops did not care and arrested him for telling 911 that he did have a gun.

    MCINTOSH, AL, 4/25/14: Sexton Adams, of McIntosh, Ala., said he accidentally shot his 17-year-old son Darius Friday morning after the boy allegedly came home behaving in a bizarre and aggressive manner. Adams said he tried scaring him with a gun, but it went off by mistake. He has not been charged in the shooting, according Call News. Adams told the Washington County Sheriff’s office he felt threatened by the boy and had no intention of actually pulling the trigger

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    by wishingwell on Sat May 10, 2014 at 01:19:58 PM PDT

    •  I should add my friend was 20 yrs older than his (0+ / 0-)

      ex and in frail health too. His wife had not taken her medication and she had a habit of being very violent when not taking her medication  for her mental illness.

      So he was in fear of her as it was not the first time she attacked him  and beat him up and that is why the marriage was ending. She would become violent and abusive when not taking her medication.

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      by wishingwell on Sat May 10, 2014 at 01:24:21 PM PDT

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  •  Shooting in a hotel room (1+ / 0-)
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    reminds me of this

  •  #4 - officer discharge in Batavia, NY (0+ / 0-)

    A local online new source,, has been trying to get more information on that "accidental discharge," including submitting a FOIA request for information on the investigation.  Unfortunately, the request has been declined.  The publisher is appealing the request.

  •  re: perhaps a rather responsible gun owner (0+ / 0-)

    With regard to the uncle who shot his nephew. I don't think there is any reason to suspect that this unfortunate, foolish, and negligent individual was a responsible gun owner. The existence of a locked gun safe means very little. If he had a locked gun safe and every single firearm he owned was unloaded and locked in said safe, then perhaps he was a responsible gun owner. But if he kept an additional loaded firearm in lets say the bedroom drawer or under the bed for personal protection, then no he was not a responsible gun owner.

    There are many people with gun collections that have gun safes not make sure their home is safe from gun fail, but to make sure their precious gun collection does not leave the premises in the hands of an unauthorized individual. These people often also keep their everyday weapons loaded and handy where curious kids can find them. And the fact that he stored a loaded weapon in his gun collection immediately disqualifies him as a responsible gun owner as does the fact that he did not check the chamber as soon as he picked up the weapon and the fact that he pointed a weapon, loaded or unloaded, at an individual who was in no way a threat. Every gun should be treated as if it is loaded all the time. Nope, this guy was not a responsible gun owner, just another stupid gun nut. But I think you knew that all along.

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    by TiredOfGOPLies on Wed May 14, 2014 at 07:36:26 AM PDT

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