For a long time we didn’t do one of these. But we couldn’t resist the temptation.
Every now and then, some people demonstrate their utility as examples of how not to do something; we tend to concentrate on examples where people rearrange their anatomy or qualify for nomination for the 2014 Darwin Awards… or open the sort of holes in third parties that let air in and blood out, like our poster child on the right side of the page.
And when that happens, we can’t resist doing A Mess of Accidents.
No, we said Rust and Politicians.
Boardman, Ohio, February 26th. This is why the womenfolk don’t have access the vault, here. (If they were lady gunfolk, that would be one thing).
The 24-year-old woman told police she was dusting when she dropped her husband’s .45 caliber semi-automatic Glock she was attempting to move it. She attempted to catch the gun and grabbed it by the trigger, causing it to fire and hit her in the calf.
The woman was transferred to St. Elizabeth Health Center in downtown.
The gun and three other guns were taken by a family member for safekeeping.
via Youngstown News, Woman accidentally shoots self while dusting.
If your Glock needs dusting, you’re not practicing enough.
Guns and Judgment Juice
Pinedale, MI, 23 February 2014. We’ll just let the Detroit Free Press tell the story:
The girlfriend told authorities that the man … was explaining to her that his three handguns are safe when they aren’t loaded, according to Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe. He demonstrated by placing the guns against his head and pulling the trigger.
When he pulled the trigger on the third handgun, it discharged. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Oh, and one more thing, the bit we ellipsed’d out above:
… had been drinking all day…
You don’t say. How many rules violated here, kids? Somehow we don’t think the girlfriend — who was gamely performing CPR when first responders arrived, to no avail – was persuaded of the intrinsic safety of guns by this particular demonstration.
If everyone were as well trained as cops….
…this kid would still have gotten shot.
The 12-year-old boy shot himself at about 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, and was later treated at Children’s Hospital Oakland and released.
A recording of the incident reveals an off-duty Oakland police officer called 911, saying her son had accidentally shot himself and that she had secured the gun.
Danville police Lt. Allan Shields declined to say how the boy obtained the weapon, who owned the gun and whether it was issued by the Oakland police.
Shields says the boy’s father is an Oakland police sergeant.
Fortunately, Lt. Allan Shields has the mom-and-pop-cops’ backs. It would be a terrible tragedy if this mishap led to a police officer being held accountable, but it won’t happen on Shields’s watch!
At least the officer who phoned in the 911 call admitted that her kid shot himself, and didn’t hide behind the passive voice. She deserves two points for that.
And then there was the son who plugged his mom…
Let’s get right into it:
A Dayton woman was critically wounded when her son’s gun accidentally discharged, shooting her in a leg.
Lyon County sheriff’s deputies said the accident occurred Thursday when the son was showing his new gun to his father.
Investigators told KOLO-TV the young man pulled the gun out of the holster when it went off.
This is not Dayton, Ohio, by the way, but a similarly-named burg in Nevada.
No word on whether this mom is now “demanding action for gun sense.” (Actually she was in critical condition, which sounds to us like a major arterial wound, since it was in the leg. So she’s probably not demanding anything).
How many rules did junior violate? Of the top of our head, the whole pointed-in-safe-direction and booger-hook-off-bang-switch things seem to have been egregiously violated.
Since Nevada’s a gambling center, are they keeping book on whether he told his father, “Hold my beer… and watch this!”?
It’s not always the bozo who catches the round
Macon, GA, 28 Feb 14: A bad job catching a dropped gun left 21-year-old Cedric Patrick dead of a single gunshot wound.
Patrick’s cousin, 27-year-old Dominick Howell, was in the car with Patrick in front of a strip mall at 1090 Eisenhower Parkway in Macon.
According to witness statements, Howell was sitting in the back seat, with his cousin in the front seat.
He had the gun in his waistband, and he said it was a little uncomfortable, so he put it in his lap.
It then it began to fall out of his lap, and as he reached for it, he accidentally put a bullet right through the passenger seat and into his cousin’s back.
For the cost of a cheap holster, the local gun range owner points out, and a little training, that life would have been spared. Instead, one young man is dead, and his cousin’s charged with involuntary manslaughter. Hard to come up with a funny tag-line about that.
This is why we gun-proof kids, rather than try to kid-proof the gun storage:
Cincinnati, OH. Three young brothers found a gun at their uncle’s house and were playing with it. One pointed it at another, activated the bang switch, and we all know what happend next. Sammy Lorenzo, 8 years old, was rushed to the hospital with a chest wound but surgery could not save him.
Cincinnati police Lt. Don Luck told the Cincinnati Enquirer that one of the brothers “kept telling the story of how it happened, over and over again. It’s so sad.”
Sad isn’t the word. The uncle or some adult might or might have been charged, but in the end they decided charges weren’t warranted. No kidding, that family’s been punished already.
But to us, the alarming thing is that the kid that fired the shot thought the gun was OK because he thought it was a BB gun.
When we were kids, toy guns and real guns had a very different feel to them. A gun like a PPK or a Chief’s Special was a tiny carry gun, and toy guns were light and flimsy feeling. A lot of today’s ultra-micro carry guns feel more like the toys of a 1960s youth. We’re strong believers in demystifying guns for kids early and often. In our living room right now are three AK variants left over from a photo shoot, an 1853 Enfield, and some 9mm ammo left over from the continued battle to master the Glock. The kids (ours, their friends, their cousins) know, before they even learn the big-boy gun rules, the rules of Guns In Da House:
- Never touch without express approval of a grown-up who’s got eyes on you.
- Never touch without checking clear. Always assume it’s loaded, anyway.
- Never point at any living thing or at anything a living thing can be inside or behind.
These rules are taught by repetition and, most importantly, by example.
The same applies to the Taliban Beheading Sword, Randall #14 Package Opener, fireworks, machine tools, and other instruments of mayhem arrayed here and there around the house and outbuildings.
And here’s a cop who’s lucky a criminal got hold of his gun.
Russell County, KY, last week. The criminal? An inmate on a work-release cleaning detail, who found the gun the state trooper had taken out and left behind in a high school gym. The honest con (!), who looks like a blond Tommy Chong, turned the gun in immediately. He says he no longer wants to commit crimes, and the prison authorities are seeing if they can parole him a little bit early.
Now that State Trooper has some ‘splaining to do. If it was Joe CCW Citizen, they’d be charging him with something, but we’re now a nation of ranks, not laws.