- Let’s start with funny. A would be trick shooter twirling his service pistol back into the holster. You know what came next: bang. The Chief was not amused by the bullet crease in the car. The other cop watching this display was probably not too thrilled, either.
- Then there’s this headline: “[M]an pulls gun & accidently shoots himself”. First, someone in the newspaper business can’t spell “accidentally.” Second, we’re not sure how accidental it really is when a father and stepfather turn the hand-over-the-kids moment into fisticuffs, a pistol-whipping and a gunshot. This is taking the term “custody battle” a hair too literally.
“He either threw a punch or he blocked it,” said Edward Hopkins of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, “Somehow both men became involved in some sort of altercation or scuffle. As they fell to the ground, it’s told to us that the gun discharged. At this point, Mr. Gregg gets up and flees the scene.”
40 year-old David Gregg drove back to his house on Periwinkle Way in Edgewood where paramedics later responded to a call for a shooting victim and discovered him with a 40-caliber bullet in his shoulder.
Mr Gregg is resting comfortably in lodgings provided by Harford County. The kids are OK.
- Now for the tragedy. A New Year’s Day father-son hunting trip in Virginia ended badly when son shot a deer — that turned out to be dear, as in dear old dad. The father was not wearing blaze orange, and the son made what would have been under other circumstances an admirable 159-yard shot with a muzzleloader. Unfortunately, the shot was fatal.
- Hunting again. A South Carolina 12-year-old shot dead while hunting with relatives. The shooter his uncle, who’d skipped a mandatory hunter-safety course. That appears to have been a mistake.
- Hunting again, again. Texas 18-year-old shot in the head fatally while hunting birds with a .22 and a 13-year-old cousin. The younger boy fired the fatal shot, he said, when he tripped with his finger on the trigger.
- We’ll forgive you for thinking we’re being redundant here. Texas again. Hunting again. Tripping again. ND again. “two unsupervised boys were hunting in the woods with a .410 shotgun when the incident occurred. Somehow, the 9-year-old boy holding the shotgun fell, and the weapon fired. The other boy, who had been walking in front of him, was shot in the arm.”
- An Alaska woman apparently shot herself accidentally whilst loading a kayak.
- A man was found alive but mortally wounded in his home in Ravenel, SC, apparently the victim of a gun-cleaning accident. What’s the first thing you do when it’s gun-cleaning time, class?
- Knuckleheaditude is no respecter of international boundaries. In the Philippines, the annual New Year’s custom of celebratory gunfire produced a dead five-year-old. A knucklehead who was firing his .45 into the sky at the time turned himself in, but he’s the wrong knucklehead… the bullets that killed Stephanie Ella were fired from a .45 but not that .45.
- While we’re on the international beat: last month in the Badamibagh area of Lahore (Pakistan), one Hameed was — what else? — cleaning his gun. “It went off,” and the bullet struck his wife Robina, who was rushed to the hospital, where, in the tortured syntax of Pakistani journalism, “she was pronounced brought dead.”
- Along with cleaning, a frequently recurring way to get dead is, yes, playing with a gun. A group of young Phoenix revelers were drinking and posing with a gun when “it went off.” 22-year-old Manuel Ortiz is dead, shot in the head… the person who accidentally fired the gun? His 19-year-old sister.
- And let’s end on a big-deal tragedy. An man named Rondell Smith lost his 2-year-old son when the boy picked up Dad’s gun from a table. Smith may or may not have been forbidden to have the gun — he had some misdemeanor convictions in his past. Regardless, he’s been charged with involuntary manslaughter.“Going to jail ain’t even enough,” a tearful Smith told the local newspaper, the Myrtle Beach Sun-News. “Whatever’s coming to me is coming to me.”