Seven of the 56 guns discovered by TSA agents on the person of passengers boarding flights at airports around the country during the week ending Dec. 12.
It's been a few months since I started publishing the GunFAIL stories in lots of 100, and I've noticed that many of our regular categories reveal a remarkably consistent pattern from one post to the next. This time around, for instance, 39 of our 100 GunFAIL incidents involve people accidentally shooting themselves. In our last post, there were 41. This time, there were 17 fatalities. Last time, 15. This time, 22 kids accidentally shot. (Including the youngest in some time, but not the youngest of the year, a 9 month old shot and killed by his father while cleaning a still-loaded gun.) Last time, 20. This time, nine "home invasion" shootings. Last time, nine. This time, seven accidental discharges while cleaning guns. Last time, five. And so it continued on down the line. In other words, these accidents are regular and predictable.
The exact circumstances, though, are often varied and unpredictable. For instance, entry number 10 is one of nine accidental shootings among family members in this compilation (there were eight last time), but the individual circumstances set it apart. A 16-year-old boy was killed by his 24-year-old brother, because his brother likes to watch The Walking Dead while he fondles his gun. Presumably because it's a scary TV show, and he likes to fantasize about killing the zombie bad guys. Smart.
Have you ever wondered whether anybody accidentally shot themselves in their sleep, with a gun they kept under their pillow? We've seen it a few times, and we've got another one here, in item number 15. A plain vanilla "home invasion shooting" at home becomes a somewhat thornier political issue when, as in entry number 57, the shooter is a city councilman. On the other hand, while the whole world likely already has heard about former baseball player Jose Canseco having accidentally shot his finger off while cleaning his gun, here in GunFAIL world, it's merely entry number 71 out of 100.
Below the fold, 96 more stories.
Comments are closed on this story.