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  •  Not that it matters to the victims, but I think a (11+ / 0-)

    more accurate term for the vast majority of these unfortunate incidents would be unintentional discharge or unintended shooting instead of "accidental".

    If someone is screwing around with and/or improperly handling a deadly weapon and it goes off, that's not an accident -- that's a fuck-up, plain and simple.

    Stuffing a .38 in your pocket and having it blow a hole in your leg while bowling is not an accident.

    That's Darwin.

    "The fact is, we don't want to have some sort of a stage show." -- Darrell Issa, 5/12/13

    by here4tehbeer on Sat May 18, 2013 at 12:16:45 AM PDT

    •  This bowling, not 'Nam, there are rules! (7+ / 0-)

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Sat May 18, 2013 at 06:55:28 AM PDT

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    •  I have debated it a bit, myself. (6+ / 0-)

      Gun enthusiasts, of course, prefer we use the term "negligent discharge," which is sort of an outgrowth of the "guns don't kill people, people kill people" school of thought.

      But I've decided to stick with "accidental" because I find that when push comes to shove, and people actually have one of these incidents happen to them, then run back to the "accident" framing when it comes time to describe what happened to the police.

      Who am I to argue with them if they want to tell the police, newspaper reporters, etc. that they're a bunch of clowns who can't control their weapons?

    •  What's "accidental" about a finger and a trigger? (0+ / 0-)

      What's "unintentional" about handling an inherently dangerous instrument? Handling it so that it fires?

      Some conduct is so inherently dangerous that the handler's motive or state of mind or lack thereof is not the slightest exculpatory. So should it be with any incident involving a gun that "goes off."

      2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Sat May 18, 2013 at 05:58:25 PM PDT

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