THERE IS NO SUCH THING ASAN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING

From THE SEATTLE TIMES:

Authorities say the daughter of a pastor is still in critical condition at a Florida hospital, a day after being accidentally shot in the head at Grace Connection Church on Sunday.

Investigators say Moises Zambrana was showing his gun in a small closet to another church member interested in buying a firearm. Zambrana reportedly took out the magazine of the Ruger 9mm weapon but did not know there was a bullet in the chamber. The gun went off and fired through a wall, striking 20-year-old Hannah Kelley. She was transported to Bayfront Medical Center and remained in critical condition Monday evening. Deputies said Zambrana has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. No charges have been filed.

I have no comment to make about this
and most certainly not a funny one.

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THERE IS NO SUCH THING ASAN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING — 7 Comments

  1. My defensive driving instruction said that “automobile accident” is almost always a misnomer. Crashes happen because drivers make mistakes. Just because this wasn’t intentional does not make it an accident.

  2. This is a miscarriage on a number of levels….. I am not familiar with the licensing process in Florida so I cannot comment on the state’s culpability, but there is NO DOUBT in my mind that this individual was not competent to own or operate this type of firearm. It is the MOST BASIC rule of handling forearms that EVERY gun is loaded until you determine that it is not. EVEN THEN, you ACT as though you KNOW the gun IS loaded. In handling ANY magazine-fed firearm, you are required to determine yourself – trusting NO ONE ELSE to do this for you – that both the magazine is removed from the weapon, AND that you personally have examined the firing chamber, and have proven that the chamber is empty as well. To do ANYTHING less is criminally negligent behavior. This “accident” is one of the most common among the jerks and fools who get guns and don’t bother to learn even how they work. This situation is the cause of the majority of “accidental” shootings, and should be treated as the criminally negligent activity it is. Legally, the clown has no defense, except too many juries take the “there but for the grace of God” tack and let these guys off, “because they didn’t mean to shoot anyone.” That’s not the point at all….. They still have killed, or destroyed people’s lives, and caused untold tragedy. I am more than mildly cheesed…..

  3. My dad owned 3 shotguns.

    He taught me how to pack the shells for him.

    He also told me that if I ever wanted firearms training, all I had to do was say the word and he’d take me to the firing range and get me some instruction.

    His guns were not kept locked up from me. He knew he didn’t need to do that with me. He knew that I was quite aware of the fact that they were not to be messed with. He had told me once, and that’s all I needed to hear.

    He and my mother sometimes went skeet shooting, and more often than not Mom was a better shot than he was (bearing in mind she grew up in “wild, wonderful West Virginia” where guns are just part of the culture, and her brother had taught her to shoot when she was young).

    Ownership of guns does not always end like this.