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  •  the odds of a bullet striking someone are not (6+ / 0-)

    controlled by the "angle being just right" -- no one was aiming the shot.

    with a loaded gun pointed at a wall that won't stop it behind which there is someone else, the "odds" may as well be considered 50/50 that someone gets shot if a misfire occurs.

    no smaller.  they either will, or they won't.

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 03:36:50 PM PDT

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    •  I like the way you say that. (7+ / 0-)

      And may I add.

      THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AND ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING.
      GUNS DON'T LOADE THEMSELVES AND PULL THE TRIGGER.

      •  I wouldn't think it would be necessary... (0+ / 0-)

        to respond to this but since 6 people so far have recomended it, I feel I have to respond with more than just snark.

        Are you saying there is no such thing as an accident driving a car since cars don't just fill themselves with gas and put themselves in drive?

        and to the comment you were responding to:

        the odds of a bullet striking someone are not controlled by the "angle being just right" -- no one was aiming the shot.
        Imagine you are standing in a room with four walls.  You can not see what is on the other side of the wall and you have no idea when the gun will go off.  A silent, moving target is placed somewhere out side of the room you are standing in.  It could be upstairs, in the basement below or on the outside of any of the four walls.  If you are in the center of a 12'x12' room, for every 1° of travel, you move laterally 1.25" and the same goes for up and down.  So, if the kill zone on an average person is two 9" dia circles, you can calculate the precise odds of a kill.  1:1,271.  That is assuming they are pressed up against one of the six walls.  The farther they are from the wall, the greater the odds become. Just a little bit greater than the 50:50 odds you suggested.

        "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

        by Buckeye Nut Schell on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 05:36:26 AM PDT

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    •  This comment (1+ / 0-)
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      is an assault on math. Yeesh. I've never touched a gun and will likely never own one, but that 50/50 thing is just bogus.

    •  You could say that the odds on winning the lottery (0+ / 0-)

      are 50-50 as well.  You will either win it or not.  

      You should invest all of your income in lottery tickets at those odds.

      "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

      by Buckeye Nut Schell on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 05:02:18 AM PDT

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