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Six of 42 GunFAILs discovered by TSA agents at airports around the country last week.
Six of 42 guns (each one a GunFAIL by itself) discovered by TSA agents at airports around the country last week.
The good news is that relatively less people accidentally shot themselves last week. Just ten! The bad news is that the week took a heavy toll on the young kids, with nine injured and five killed. The victims were ages 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 7, 7, 7, 7, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17. Five of the child victims were accidentally shot by their siblings.

Speaking of keeping the family safe with firearms, among last week's victims of the accidental shootings listed here are one husband, one mother, one son, two girlfriends and a niece. So that's a total of nine family members, if you don't count the girlfriends. You can lump them in with the two other friends accidentally shot, though.

It was also a hot time for the revival of the old "left my gun in the bathroom" trend that we forgot about for a little while. I turned up three such events recently, two at restaurants and one at a gas station. Three more neighborhood patriots shared bullets with their neighbors in home invasion shootings, injuring two and killing one.

Among the more remarkable stories this time around are the 19-year-old Texan man who accidentally shot his mother while trying to kill a rattlesnake, the Mississippi man who accidentally shot himself at a safety checkpoint, and the cop with the best excuse for his DWI: he had to get his partner to the hospital after he'd accidentally shot him while drinking.

All that, plus the Bridezilla story that gives us our title this week, below the fold.

  1. PORTLAND, MI, exact date unknown, reported 3/31/14: A state Department of Natural Resources conservation officer left his handgun behind at a Portland gas station last week, an agency spokesperson said. The officer was working on a special assignment and not wearing a uniform the day he forgot the gun in the gas station restroom, DNR spokesperson Ed Golder said in a statement. He called gas station staff when he noticed the gun was missing and asked them to secure the weapon. He then notified his supervisor, Golder said. Gas station employees had already found the gun and locked it in a safe. An internal investigation is ongoing.
  2. BRONSON, MI, 4/11/14: State Police at the Coldwater Post have a stolen gun complaint that might be cleared up with some assistance from the public. Troopers say a Battle Creek man left his personal firearm in the bathroom stall at Bill’s Steak House in Bronson. They say it was around 7 pm Friday that the owner of the weapon accidently left his Sig Sauer .380 pistol in the bathroom and when he returned back to the restaurant to retrieve the gun it was missing. Employees from Bill’s also checked the stall as soon as the owner called the restaurant after he realized what had happened. Troopers say if the public noticed anyone suspicious at Bill’s Steak House or found a gun on the property to contact the Michigan State Police Coldwater Post.
  3. NEWPORT NEWS, VA, 4/15/14: A woman was taken to a hospital this morning when a bullet went through the wall of her apartment and hit her in the face. Police were called shortly after 1 a.m. to the apartments in the 600 block of Aqua Vista Drive on a report of a shooting, police wrote in a news release. When they arrived, they found the woman, whose injury was not believed to be life-threatening. The woman later was transferred to a Richmond hospital. Police believe a bullet was fired from an apartment next door. Investigators were interviewing several people.
  4. CAMDEN, SC, 4/16/14: Police say a 45-year-old Camden woman has been arrested after she left her loaded gun in the stall of a bathroom at a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Investigators said Robin Albert does not have a concealed weapons permit and was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon. Authorities say a girl found the gun in the bathroom on April 16 and told her father, who took the weapon to the store manager. Investigators say the manager put the gun in a safe, and called police when Albert came back to the restaurant trying to find it. Chick-fil-A has signs in the restaurant banning concealed weapons.
  5. PONTOTOC, MS, 4/19/14: The Mississippi Highway Patrol says a man accidentally shot himself at a traffic safety checkpoint in Pontotoc County over the weekend. Authorities say troopers had set up a roadblock on Highway 342 at the Valley Road intersection around 6:30 p.m Saturday night. They say the man had a firearm stuck down next to the seat of the car and attempted to push it farther down when it discharged. The bullet went through the man's arm, hit the side of his face and exited through his ear. No charges have been filed in connection with the incident, which remains under investigation.
  6. DURANGO, CO, 4/19/14: On Monday, an affidavit of probable cause was filed for Jeremy Dupree, 39, with the 6th Judicial Court regarding a shooting shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday. The affidavit said the Durango police had probable cause to arrest Dupree on attempted-murder and domestic-violence charges. The shooting took place at Homewood Suites in Bodo Industrial Park, where officers found Robin Armstrong shot in the abdomen. In the affidavit, Officer Bradley Roach said police and deputies from the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office learned that the room was rented to Dupree, who was seen leaving the hotel as the 911 call was being placed. The victim told officers at the scene that she was shot by a handgun after the gun accidentally went off when Dupree slammed it onto the desk, according to the affidavit. A witness told officers the couple, who have been involved for about two years and live together, had been arguing before the gun went off, Roach said. Dupree was picked up later in a parking lot in Bodo Park where he had parked his truck. He is being held without bond at the La Plata County jail. On Monday afternoon, Armstrong continued to be in fair condition at Mercy Regional Medical Center, where she was taken after the shooting.
  7. COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, 4/20/14: A man was accidentally shot in the jaw Sunday evening, according to Colorado Springs police. Neither the man’s identity nor age has been released. Officers responded on Sunday evening at about 7:20 to a report of a man lying in the yard in the 100 block of North 7th Street. That’s near Interstate 25 and Colorado Avenue on the west side of Colorado Springs. The report indicated the man had been possibly shot in the neck. When officers got to the scene, they found a man who was shot in the jaw. Police said the wound appeared to be from an ‘accidental discharge.’ The man was taken to the hospital. His condition was not released. The incident remains under investigation.
  8. ST. LOUIS CO., MO, 4/20/14: St. Louis County Police are investigating a shooting that happened today about 12:30 p.m. in the 9700 block of Lorna Lane in unincorporated St. Louis County. Police said a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot his 3-year-old brother in the arm. The boy was taken to an area hospital, where he was being treated for a minor injury, according to police. Police did not say how or where the boy obtained the gun. The boy's father, 27, was taken into custody and may face charges on Monday. Police retrieved the gun from the home. The mother was also in the home at the time of the shooting. Police did not release any other details as they investigate the incident.
  9. ORMOND BEACH, FL, 4/20/14: The man shot dead early Sunday morning near Ormond Beach was identified as 55-year-old Sanford Olson, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. A neighbor called 911 at 2:52 a.m. Sunday saying her neighbor was beating on her door, asking her to call 911 because she had shot her husband. Deputies who arrived at the home, located at 7 Seabreeze Dr., found Olson on a bed, with a gun beside him. Olson's 57-year-old wife, Doris Barrells, told her neighbor that the shooting was an accident. Investigators said Barrells was fully cooperative when interviewed by detectives. Investigators are doing additional interviews, and are examining evidence. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. Volusia sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said authorities will not decide over the weekend whether Barrells will be charged. Barrells and her husband operate an online outdoor equipment business called Great Outdoors Equipment. Both of them are listed as managers of the company.
  10. HOLLYWOOD, FL, 4/20/14: A Hollywood man who was cleaning his .38 caliber handgun accidentally shot himself in his buttocks, police in that city said Monday. “An adult male in his 20s was cleaning his firearm when it fell to the floor and discharged, [the bullet] hitting him in the buttocks,” Hollywood Police Lt. Derik Alexander said Monday. The incident happened at 4 p.m. Sunday in the 3300 block of Forrest Drive, Alexander said. “He banged on a neighbor’s door, and the gentleman called us,” Alexander said. The incident report for the gunfire was not completed Monday and the police spokesman didn’t yet have the wounded man’s name.
  11. PORT ST. LUCIE, FL, 4/20/14: A man was arrested Sunday after allegedly leading police on a wild-goose chase after his friend was shot in the leg. Rashad Johnson, 23, of Port St. Lucie, accidentally shot the man while showing him a handgun, but repeatedly told police a stranger was responsible for the shooting, according to an arrest affidavit. Martin Medical Center officials called police when the gunshot victim arrived at the emergency room. The victim told police he had been shot by a man who tried to rob him on a roadside, according to the affidavit. But, after police learned that the shooting had occurred at Johnson’s home in the 200 block of Southwest Fairchild Avenue, the victim told them the shooting was accidental, and that Johnson was showing him the gun when it accidentally discharged, the affidavit said. Johnson, however, continued to tell police conflicting stories about the shooting and the location of the gun, it said. He eventually said he had thrown the gun in a wooded area across the street from his home, it said. Johnson was charged with tampering with evidence and obstruction. He remained held at the St. Lucie County Jail in lieu of $4,500 bond, records show.
  12. BRADENTON, FL, 4/20/14: A man and a woman have been charged with getting drunk and shooting at a tree at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton, according to police. About 11:10 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to reports of gunfire at the park, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W. As they arrived, officers stopped a car as it was leaving the park. Inside, they found that the driver, identified as Ian Tucker, 29, was drunk and openly carrying a gun, according to a report. "He explained that he and his female passenger had been shooting at a tree within the park," the report states. Tucker and the woman, Rachelle Lacasse, 29, were each charged with openly carrying a weapon, discharging a firearm in public or on residential property and improper exhibition of a weapon. They were released from the Manatee County jail after posting bonds totaling $1,120 each.
  13. FREEPORT, TX, 4/20/14: Police are investigating what appears to be an accidental shooting early Sunday when one man was shot in the foot and another man arrested on drug charges, authorities said. Police said a Freeport man, 24, was firing a .22 caliber rifle about 12:30 a.m. outside a house in the 2000 block Avenue H when Mark Zurita, 30, of Valverde, claims he attempted to take the gun away, Lt. Raymond Garivey said.
  14. BRACHFIELD, TX, 4/21/14: A woman was airlifted to an East Texas hospital on Monday after she was accidentally shot in the face. According to the Rusk County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a reported shooting at approximately 10:43 a.m. in the Brachfield area off of Farm to Market 1798 and Farm to Market 840. Upon arrival, authorities found that a female had suffered a gunshot wound to her face. After initial investigation, it appears that the shooting was accidental. The woman was airlifted to a Tyler hospital. Her identity has not been released at this time. UPDATE: A Henderson woman died on Monday after a gun accidentally went off at a home in the Brachfield area near Farm to Market Road 1798 and FM 840. Rusk County Sheriff's Office Sergeant David Roberts said Melinda Orr, 44, dropped a handgun on Monday morning. The gun accidentally discharged, striking Orr in the face. Orr was airlifted to a Tyler hospital, where she later died. Orr's funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Bar None Cowboy Church.
  15. ODESSA, TX, 4/21/14: We are learning more about a Monday shooting and last night's aggravated robbery arrest of Emily Mata. CBS7 obtained the arrest affidavit this afternoon stating that Mata, 22, and Alex Reyna, 18, were both sitting in Reyna's truck when Mata produced a firearm, pointed it at Reyna and shot him. Reyna tried to block the shot with his hand, resulting in gunshot wounds to that hand and his chest. After the shot was fired, Reyna went into his residence while Mata left in his truck with an unknown amount of money. Last night, Mata voluntarily went to the Odessa Police Department to speak with investigators. She was arrested for aggravated robbery, a Felony 1 charge. In her conversation with investigators, Mata said she "accidentally" shot Reyna while showing him the firearm. She also said she and Reyna were intoxicated on Xanex and after the shooting she panicked and drove away in Reyna's truck. Mata's story does coincide with what family members have shared with CBS7. We have spoken to a few members of her family who all agree the shooting was an accident, and that Mata and Reyna are in fact friends. They said the robbery charge came about when Mata took Reyna's truck without permission. One family member continued by saying both Reyna and Mata are deep into drugs and were high and playing with the gun at the time of the shooting. At this time the location of the gun is still unknown. Mata said she can't recall what she did with the weapon. Reyna is still in the hospital and is in serious condition.
  16. CHICAGO, IL, 4/21/14: A man suffered a gunshot wound to the groin Monday morning in the West Side Austin neighborhood, and police believe he may have accidentally shot himself. The 21-year-old was shot at 10:50 a.m. in the 1000 block of North Monitor Avenue, according to police. He was taken in “stable” condition to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, police said. The man told officers he was taking garbage out to the alley when two males in a black car opened fire before driving out of the alley. However, police believe the gunshot wound may have been accidentally self-inflicted. Area North detectives are investigating.
  17. MERIDIAN, ID, 4/21/14: Emergency personnel were dispatched at 10:44 a.m. Monday to a report of an accidental shooting in the 1400 block of East Commercial Street in Meridian. A 25-year-old man at that location was going to show a coworker his 9mm gun when the accident happened. He removed the magazine from the gun but didn't clear the chamber, Meridian Police Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea said. The man fired one round through his left hand. He was transported to the hospital for treatment. The incident is under investigation. He could be cited for unlawful discharge of a firearm in city limits.
  18. DES MOINES, IA, 4/21/14: A 4-year-old girl was shot and killed Monday in what Des Moines police said was an accidental shooting in her family's home.  Police say it appears the girl somehow got ahold of a loaded weapon and shot herself. The shooting happened just after 7 p.m. at an apartment at 2746 Fleur Dr. The girl's mother, father and two younger children were home at the time of the shooting, police said. The girl died at Blank Children's Hospital. Des Moines police Sergeant Jason Halifax said, "Initial appearances are that the safe weapons handling practices were not followed.  Right now that's just kind of the outward appearance. We'll know more as the case goes through the investigation process." Police said there were several guns inside the apartment at the time of the shooting. The girl's parents were taken to the police station for questioning. Police have not filed charges. Police have not yet released the identity of the girl.
  19. BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, PA, 4/21/14: A Bristol Township man is accused of illegally possessing a handgun after "accidentally" shooting his girlfriend, who is scheduled to testify against him in a different case next week. The woman told police Monday night that the gun went off when she reached for the .38 caliber revolver while Brian McDuffie, 30, was showing it to her in the bathroom of their Royal Park apartment on Haines Road, according to a probable cause affidavit. The 28-year-old woman was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the right thigh, police added. She remained there Tuesday in stable condition, Lt. Terry Hughes said. McDuffie told detectives, who responded to the "accidental shooting" report before 8 p.m. Monday, that he hid the gun after the shooting, and police retrieved it from a trash can in the 40 block of South Kenwood Drive, the affidavit shows. McDuffie is a convicted felon so is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Court documents noted that the shooting occurred fewer than two hours after the girlfriend was served a subpoena to testify against McDuffie at his trial on an assault charge next week in Bucks County Court. McDuffie was charged in December with simple assault against his girlfriend, police said. As part of his bail condition, he was ordered to have no contact with her and he admitted to police that he knew he shouldn’t have been living with the woman, the affidavit said.
  20. MEMPHIS, TN, 4/21/14: A juvenile court judge ordered a 13-year-old boy accused of shooting his 10-year-old sister to be held in juvenile court custody until his next hearing on May 6. Attorneys for the 13-year-old raised concerns about whether he fully understands his rights. During the boy's court appearance, his father tearfully stood by his side. Investigators say the boy and his sister were alone Monday afternoon at the family's Whitehaven home on Orleans Road when the little girl was shot in the face. She remains in extremely critical condition at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Multiple sources tell WMC Action News 5 that her prognosis is grave. The girl's 13-year-old brother is charged with felony reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon. Police say he admitted to accidentally shooting his little sister.
  21. BURNT CHIMNEY, VA, 4/21/14: The 7-year-old Franklin County boy killed Monday morning was unsafely handling guns with his older brother when the 12-year-old fired a shot, investigators say. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office officials said Tuesday that the death of the 7-year-old boy in Burnt Chimney is being treated as an accidental shooting. The investigation, according to Capt. Mark Torbert, is focused on determining how the boys got their hands on the weapons. “The situation here in Franklin County yesterday — it was a tragedy,” Torbert said. “Hindsight is always 20/20, but you have to wonder if this was avoidable.” It was spring break in Franklin County on Monday. The boys were home from school, in a small neighborhood called Twin Oaks that consists of about a dozen houses and mobile homes on big, grassy plots — all along a gravel road, Double Oaks Lane. Torbert said the brothers had gone to visit a neighbor. As the investigation stands, it appears the boys obtained guns, and both were handling them inside the neighbor’s home when the 12-year-old fired a .45-caliber handgun. The bullet struck the 7-year-old, and the neighbor, the only adult in the house, called 911. Deputies arrived at 11:47 a.m., the sheriff’s office has said, and found the boy dead. Lt. Phillip Young said the boy was killed instantly.
  22. BEL AIR, MD, 4/22/14: An Aberdeen man was in critical condition Monday after he accidentally shot himself with a friend's weapon off Brierhill Drive, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. At approximately 11:55 p.m. on Sunday, the 24-year-old was visiting friends in the 900 block of Redfield Road when he asked to see his friend's handgun, Eddie Hopkins of the sheriff's office said. As the man, who lives in the 400 block of Pollack Drive in Aberdeen, was looking at the gun and handing it back to his friend, he fired and shot himself in the abdomen, Hopkins said. The man's friends drove him to Upper Chesapeake, where he was stabilized and transferred to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to Hopkins, who said he was in critical condition. Staff at Upper Chesapeake notified the sheriff's office, which is investigating the incident. "Preliminarily, this appears to be accidental," Hopkins reported. He noted that the shooting is still under investigation.
  23. BALL PLAY, AL, 4/22/14: Etowah County authorities are investigating a hunting accident that happened Tuesday morning in the Ball Play community. A 26-year-old man was turkey hunting with friends when there was a shooting accident at a property on Centre Road, the Etowah County Sheriff's Office said. He was taken to a hospital and his injuries are reportedly not life-threatening. Deputies got a call about the accident around 8:30 a.m. The sheriff's office and Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are investigating.
  24. KENSINGTON, NH, 4/22/14: A young girl suffered minor injuries from broken glass after a window was shattered by a bullet at a home Tuesday night. Police responded to 4 Stumpfield Road just before 7 p.m. to investigate a report of a bullet that was fired into the residence. Police Sgt. Scott Sanders said a girl, believed to be about 4 years old, was injured by glass when the bullet came through a back window. No one inside the home was injured by the bullet, he said. The child suffered only minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital, he said. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Officers found two people target shooting in a wooded area on their own property near the residence that was hit, Sanders said. "We're still piecing together what happened, but we don't think it was intentional," he said. He said the shooting incident could have had a "catastrophic" outcome. "We don't want to prevent anybody from lawfully shooting on their property. We certainly encourage people to make sure they practice good firing," Sanders said. No charges have been filed. UPDATE: Police have charged a Kensington man who was allegedly target shooting last week when a stray bullet shattered a window in a neighbor's house and narrowly missed a young girl sitting in the kitchen. Ronald Winfield, 66, of 7 Muddy Pond Road, turned himself in to police Thursday on a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm. Police Sgt. Scott Sanders said Winfield was shooting at paper targets held on a holder with a 9 mm handgun but had no backstop to prevent bullets from leaving his property. Winfield was shooting about 856 feet away from the neighbor's residence at the time of the incident on April 22, police said. "He thought there were enough woods so the bullets wouldn't travel far. It could have had a catastrophic outcome, but luckily it didn't," Sanders said.
  25. ALTOONA, PA, 4/22/14:  There are more details on what the Police are calling an accidental shooting in Blair County on Tuesday night. The Altoona Police say a man was driving along Sixth Avenue near the Knickerbacker Bar when he accidentally shot himself in the thigh. The passenger in the car called 911 and the Police say administered first aid until Paramedics got there. The Police say the car was in motion and the man was playing with the gun when it went off.
  26. VICTORIA, TX, 4/22/14: A 19-year-old Victoria man shot and injured his mother Tuesday while attempting to kill a rattlesnake living under their home. The shooting was ruled an accident and charges will not be pursued, Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor said. An emergency call came in about noon Tuesday. The caller told operators that he was taking his mother to Citizens Medical Center and she'd been shot, O'Connor said. She had been shot with a lightweight shotgun. Tonya Milner, 44, of Victoria, was treated for the gunshot wound on the left side of her body and released.
  27. KNAPPA, OR, 4/23/14: An accidental shooting Wednesday morning sent one Knappa-area man to the hospital, with what the Sheriff calls non-life-threatening injuries. Robert Daniel Palek, 41, was injured in the arm, leg and abdomen when a shotgun went off from inside of a boat Palek was helping to bring in. Sheriff Tom Bergin said Palek was outside of the boat bringing it in, when his friend jumped back inside the boat to kill the battery switches. That’s when a shotgun fell over and went off, going through the side of the boat and into Palek. “It was a total accident,” Bergin said. Palek was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. As of press time, Palek is in the emergency department, according to a hospital spokesperson, and a condition is not yet known.
  28. VASS, NC, 4/23/14: Moore County Sheriff's deputies are still investigating a incident involving four people and a gun, in which three people suffered minor injuries when the weapon discharged, said Capt. Bill Mackey. The incident happened just after 9 last night at a home in the 1300 block of N.C. 690 in Vass. Mackey said three people suffered non life-threatening injuries. No charges have been filed. Two males and two females got into a dispute involving a handgun, which discharged into the concrete causing injuries to two females, Mackey said. Investigators determined the gun was fired accidentally, according to a release from the Sheriff's Office. Two individuals were treated and released at Moore Regional hospital. A third person received treatment at the scene.
  29. LANSING, MI, 4/23/14: A preliminary police investigation indicates that a man accidentally shot his two-year-old son in Lansing on Wednesday evening. The toddler is hospitalized Thursday morning, and his condition has been upgraded to critical, but stable. He has a gunshot wound to his midsection. The child's 29-year-old father has a gunshot wound to the hand, and he is in stable condition. Police say they continue to investigate what led to the discharge of the handgun. Once their investigation is completed a report will be sent to the prosecutor's office for review of any possible criminal charges. Police were called to the apartments in the 900 block of Long Boulevard at about 7 o'clock Wednesday.
  30. ST. LOUIS, MO, 4/23/14: A 17-year-old St. Louis man has been charged in his younger brother's accidental shooting after initially telling police the victim was wounded in a drive-by. Police say William Malik Pearson Jr. was playing with a handgun when he shot his brother in the leg Wednesday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1mLAr2R ) reports that Pearson has been charged with third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and making a false report. The shooting happened as Pearson was loading a bullet into the gun's chamber. UPDATE: The younger boy, 14, is going to be OK. He was treated for his leg injury. His older brother, meanwhile, faces three misdemeanor charges. Bail is set at $5,000.
  31. QUEENS, NY, 4/24/14: An on duty NYPD detective accidentally shot his partner in the wrist in Queens overnight, and was charged with driving while intoxicated, police sources say. Detective Jay Poggi shot his partner, both assigned to the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn, in the wrist at about 1:50 a.m. Thursday morning. Police say Poggi and his partner were driving to a Queens location as part of an investigation when he accidentally fired his .38 caliber revolver. According to court documents, Poggi was showing his partner the barrel of his gun, and the weapon went off. The partner, a 12 year veteran, was shot in the wrist. Detective Poggi rushed his partner to Jamaica Hospital where he required surgery, and is listed in stable condition. Poggi's lawyer says the officer was just trying to save his partner's life. "He drove his partner to the hospital," said attorney James Moschella. "And part of the allegation of driving while intoxicated is driving his partner to get life-saving treatment at the hospital, which you certainly can't fault him for."
  32. JOLIET, IL, 4/24/14: A Joliet teen pointed and pulled the trigger of a gun he mistakenly believed was unloaded at his sister, police said, hitting her in the neck and sending her to the hospital. The 15-year-old boy was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon. The Kendall County State's Attorney's Office approved the charges. Police were sent to the family's Sugar Maple Drive home about 3 p.m. Thursday after the young man called 911. When the police arrived, they found a 15-year-old girl holding a towel to her bleeding neck. The home is located near Ridge Road and Theodore Street. The teenage boy reportedly told police he accidentally shot his sister. While both the boy and girl are 15, police said the young man is two months older and identified them as siblings. Police said the young man got ahold of his father's .40-caliber Glock. The gun was kept in an upstairs room. After the teen got the gun, he started dancing while holding it. His sister—who would later be shot—believed her brother had been "possibly smoking weed," police said. Both the young man and young woman believed the gun was unloaded when he pointed it at her and pulled the trigger, police said.
  33. RAPID CITY, SD, 4/24/14: A father took his son to the hospital Thursday night after the 16-year-old shot himself in the leg. Police report that a group of juveniles were at a residence at 1013 North LaCrosse. One juvenile male had a handgun, and gave it to his friend to hold. That's when the friend accidentally shot himself in the leg. Police are looking into the incident but it doesn't appear that a crime was committed.
  34. MIDLAND CO., TX, 4/24/14: Midland County Sheriff’s Office tells CBS7 that one person was shot at a county gun range. Sheriff Painter tells CBS 7 that one person was "accidentally" shot in the lower back by a "stray bullet." The person was taken to the hospital in a private car.
  35. NEW BRIGHTON, PA, 4/24/14: The lawyer for a Pennsylvania bride accused of killing her niece after the wedding says the fatal shooting was an accident. The attorney told the Beaver County Times on Saturday that 30-year-old newlywed Christina George-Harvan is "obviously completely distraught." Police say George-Harvan, of Conway, shot 21-year-old Katelyn Francis on Thursday as they left a bar in New Brighton, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. The wedding was held earlier that day. Police say they were arguing about who would be the designated driver when the bride grabbed her husband's new handgun from his truck and shot Francis, of Fairmont, W.Va. around 10 p.m. Lawyer J. Lauson Cashdollar says George-Harvan simply tried to move the gun when it went off. She's charged with homicide. She is being held in the county jail without bail.
  36. FAYETTEVILLE, NC, 4/25/14: A 7-year-old boy injured in a shooting at an apartment complex this afternoon has died, police said tonight. After an initial investigation of the shooting today, investigators believe the shooting was accidental, according to a news release from the Fayetteville Police Department. The incident happened on the 2100 block of Hyde Place about 4:20 p.m., said Lt. Todd Joyce, a police spokesman. The residence is in the New Colony Place apartment complex off Owen Drive. The 7-year-old, whose name has not been released, was in a bedroom with other young boys, police said. At the time of the incident, a grandparent was in the home with the child, a news release said. The adult heard a noise before the other boys alerted him that the 7-year-old was injured, Joyce said. The boy was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department's homicide unit are still investigating the death.
  37. FAYETTEVILLE, NC, 4/25/14: A 3-year-old was seriously wounded early Friday when shots were fired into a Fayetteville home, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office. Someone fired shots on Peele Street shortly before 3:30 a.m., and one of them went into a mobile home and struck Ahmad Daniels, authorities said. Ahmad's uncle, Detwan Harkins, said the boy was sleeping on a mattress in the home, which belongs Ahmed's grandmother, when a stray bullet struck him in the chest. UPDATE: A 3-year-old boy who was hit by a stray bullet as he slept in his room has died. Ahmad Daniels was pronounced dead Saturday morning at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.
  38. COLUMBUS, OH, 4/25/14: A 4-year-old accidentally shot a 7-year-old in the arm while playing with a gun Friday night. A man at the scene applied pressure to the child's wound until medics were able to get to the house at 324 E. Morrill Ave. Medics took the 7-year-old to Children's Hospital in stable condition. Detectives with Columbus Police are investigating this incident.
  39. WAYNE CO., IL, 4/25/14: A Fairfield, Ill., man faces several charges after he shot himself in the groin while fishing Friday, according to deputies. William O. Shelton, 28, faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, unlawful use of weapons and possession of a weapon without a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. Wayne County sheriff’s deputies responded to a location along the Little Wabash River south of Golden Gate to investigate a report of a man who had been shot. Two witnesses, Kelli Carpenter and Donald H. Currier told police that Shelton had been shot by an unknown assailant. A deputy told both individuals they could face obstruction of justice charges if the information they gave was false.The two then told police they made up the story because they knew Shelton was not allowed to possess a firearm. Police later found Shelton lying in the yard of a nearby home. Shelton was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital where doctors told police he sustained a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen which then passed through his scrotum before exiting and lodging in his upper thigh. Shelton told police the gun accidentally discharged as he pulled it from his waistband. He said he had no idea who the .22 caliber pistol belonged to, claiming he had found it along the riverbank. Because of his injuries, Shelton has not been jailed. He remains free on his own recognizance pending the filing of formal charges and setting of bond.
  40. SCOTT CITY, MO, 4/25/14: A 17-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the face early Friday morning in Scott City, according to the Scott City Police Department. The shooting has been ruled accidental pending further investigation, Scott City Police Chief Lt. James Dodd said in a phone interview Tuesday. The newspaper had been trying to contact Dodd since the incident occurred. Dodd said a 21-year-old man was the accidental shooter. He was taken into custody and later released. The Scott City Fire Department was called to the 1300 block of West Mar Elm Street at 12:35 a.m. Friday for an emergency medical service, according to police and fire logs submitted to the Scott County Signal. The police department also was called to a second degree domestic assault at the 1300 block of West Mar Elm Street on Friday. Dodd says the shooting is still under investigation, as he is tracking down some potential witnesses. Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said a deputy from his department was on the scene to help, but said the Scott City Police Department would handle the investigation on its own. Dodd said the victim was in stable condition.

Originally posted to David Waldman on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:13 PM PDT.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA), Shut Down the NRA, and Daily Kos.

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  •  I'm so glad I'm not any of those "respgunowners" (8+ / 0-)

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:22:22 PM PDT

  •  DKos RKBA member suggests a gun ban! (18+ / 0-)

    Yes, you read that right!

    One of our resident RKBA members came out today suggested that, if he had his way, a gun that is already on the market would no longer be distributed for sale!

    Finally, an RKBA member who agrees that a particular gun should be banned! This is historic!

    Of course, the gun in question is this "smart" handgun that would require the person in possession of the gun to enter a code before the gun could be activated for shooting, a technology designed to prevent this kind of story that David cites, above:

    Police said a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot his 3-year-old brother in the arm. The boy was taken to an area hospital, where he was being treated for a minor injury, according to police.
    Or these stories from today's edition of Tom Begnal's long-running series, Another day in the (gun crazy) U.S.A.:
    Cochranton, Penn. -- A 2-year-old boy was shot in the face at a home Monday afternoon after a 4-year-old sibling found a handgun and it accidentally discharged. No word on whether or not any adults would be charged. No word on the victim’s condition.
    Philadelphia, Penn. -- A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 11-year-old sister in their home about 10 a.m. last Saturday. Their 14-year-old brother found the gun on top of a refrigerator after the mother went to use the bathroom. The weapon belonged to the mother’s boyfriend who was not at the home at the time.
    Louisville, Ky. -- A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the face with a handgun while at home about 3:30 p.m. yesterday. The boy’s mother along with a 2-year-old and an infant were in the home at the time of the shooting. Police have not yet determined if the mother would be charged. The boy was listed in critical condition.
    So, of course, this gun should not be distributed! It should be banned until such time as the technology is deemed "reliable."

    Or something.

    "Bob Johnson doesn't have special privileges, because really, why would I entrust that guy with ANYTHING?" - kos, November 9, 2013

    by Bob Johnson on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:52:40 PM PDT

    •  a smart gun... (9+ / 0-)

      would choose to be a paperweight.

      but really...sounds like a gun-grabbing neocon troll.

      We are not broke, we are being robbed. ~Shop Kos Katalogue~

      by Glen The Plumber on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:05:01 PM PDT

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    •  Wow! Masterful effort! Masterful result! n/t (6+ / 0-)

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:17:17 PM PDT

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    •  The gun nuts never get exorcised (12+ / 0-)

      when a manufacturer comes out with a gun with more firepower or faster action or quicker reloading capabilities.

      But try to build some safety into a gun and they get positively tantrumesque.  

      I know I'm not the only one who sees the pattern:  They will always fight any attempt that might reduce their ability to shoot others.  As responsible owners, of course.

      Nobody doesn't wish he had more education.

      by john07801 on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 10:30:10 PM PDT

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      •  Might want to verify (1+ / 0-)
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        just HOW MUCH safety is being built into those "smart" guns, and how much unreliability.  If there is a smart gun in your home, and you are the only one who has the key to activate it, it becomes an instant paperweight if your spouse is attacked while you are gone.  Granted, he or she might not be killed with YOUR gun, but they certainly cannot use YOUR gun to defend themselves, other than as a club. More gun exposure and training will do more to solve a lot of these problems than just putting people in jail because a child got their gun and did something accidentally.  First, the child should KNOW what a gun does, in the not so pretty real world, and why it isn't a toy to be taken out and played with when no adults are around.  For those of you who happen to work the graveyard shift and are responsible for making the late night bank run. you may want to be able to do more than just hand some guy the money when he jumps up and says he wants it.

        •  I am for anyone having any weapon they want (5+ / 0-)

          But the minute they use them in criminal acts, stupid irresponsible acts, or display reckless negligence they should lose the right to bear arms since they can't handle the responsibility that comes with that right.
          As for your reference to the child, are you kidding me? Are you expecting a 3 or 4 year old to actually comprehend the real responsibility of a gun? If we can show so many adults with training that can't, isn't it a bit much to expect a 3 or 4 year old to?

        •  The easy answer (1+ / 0-)
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          Pick a subject that has a problem. Any subject. Then listen to the preponderance of answers. The far right of course always has the pat easy answer. It's all Obama's fault. Talk about guns and the problems surrounding them and the left is just as guilty of wanting and using the easy answer. Get rid of the guns and if disagreed with, the person doing the disagreeing is a gun nut with a dick fetish, never mind the gun loving, dick fetish prick might actually have a valid point.

          Getting rid of guns or creating more laws will not do a thing to reduce the reason gun owners own them for protection.

          Laws will not stop people from being so absent minded they leave the dam thing on the back of the urinal in a bathroom somewhere.

          Guns nor laws deterred the two kids who recently went to school with butcher knives and did a realistic impression of a Swiss Cuisinart with them.

          Laws do nothing to deter stupidity. Laws do nothing to deter the mentally unstable nor willing law breakers. Take away their guns and they'll stab you, run over you, blow you up, maim you or lay a tire iron across your skull. Feel free to pick one or all.

          Why not ask the hard questions such as, why hasn't anything been done to re-implement mental health care on a large scale?

          Why do idiot juveniles think it's cool to shoot/stab/maim one another? [as well as wear their pants around their knee's]

          Why do so many feel compelled to have to resort to robbery to get by?

          These are kind of hard questions aren't they? If someone as common as I am can ask them, why can't the majority as well as our elected officials ask them instead of running to the easy answer first? Especially when the easy answer doesn't fix what created the problems to begin with which is we have lunatics running free and killing innocents as well as thugs trying to kill each other and anyone who gets in their way.

          Fix the real problems and maybe, just maybe the rest of us might climb on board on gun control. At least to a large extent.

          •  An answer for your "hard" question... (2+ / 0-)
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            The reason we don't have a return to adequate mental health care is that it costs money.  Did you think of that?

            Who is going to PAY that money?  The only adequate answer is the government, since countless people who need mental health care are jobless, homeless people wandering the streets.  Should they NOT receive mental health care because they have no money?

            And where then will this money come from?  We can't raise taxes, according to conservatives - who seem to be more likely to own firearms than liberals.  So we have conservatives saying "SOMETHING MUST BE DONE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH CARE!" but they refuse to fund it.

            That's a convenient way to take absolutely NO responsibility for solving the problem.

            •  Ben Ghazi (0+ / 0-)

              Check the vote on the embassy budget. The Rebublicans to a man voted against 2 or was it a 200 billion increase, much of it to be used in embassy protection. And while I am at it, it is the host country that is responsible for embassy security.

        •  Toy v weapon (1+ / 0-)
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          When my kids were very small we had to look at everything in the house and decide if it was a toy or a weapon.  While my 3 year old daughter knew that a small skillet was a cooking utensil, she still managed to hit her 18 month old brother with it (missed his head luckily).  Guns an little kids don't mix. Doesn't matter how much you talk to them.  Look at the numbers of kids involved with the accidental shootings that are under 5.

          As for paperweight, is it a paperweight if it is in a safe, or has a lock applied to it?

        •  It requires the user to wear an RF chip (0+ / 0-)

          You'd be a dolt to take the wrist strap and leave the gun ... unless you wanted it not to be usable.  Nice try, though.

        •  Pray tell. (0+ / 0-)

          How do you train a 2 year old on gun safety? I know, I know, you train the parent. But that doesn' very often work, does it?

        •  Smart Gun is a Choice (0+ / 0-)

          In your hypothetical, you failed to consider that the gun owner decided on his own volition which gun to purchase - a 'smart' gun or a 'stupid' gun.  Therefore, you failed to consider what reason he may have to go for the 'smart' gun.

          And you are wrong about laws.

          To believe that every gun owner is going to voluntarily receive safety training for each weapon they own, voluntarily keep their guns unloaded in a safe place, voluntarily school their family on gun safety, voluntarily have their firearms inspected by a gunsmith on a routine basis, voluntarily to have a mental health check-up every few years, voluntarily refrain from using their guns while intoxicated, etc., is just plain simple-minded.

          Perhaps you haven't noticed, but break-ins frequently occur when the resident is not home.  Many burglars are smart that way.  And, many burglars to not carry firearms as they ply their trade.

          I wonder how many loaded firearms are 'at the ready' for decades in homes that have never been and never will be burglarized.  Thanks to this post, we can see that there are many accidental deaths and serious injuries as a result of such readiness.

          "The French have no word for entrepreneur!" G. W. Bush

          by bbuudd on Tue May 06, 2014 at 03:17:03 AM PDT

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    •  Guns don't kill people (3+ / 0-)
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      People do...  And, as this post suggest, there are no shortage of careless, crazy, stupid people out there.  Now, I am not disputing their right to be morons.  I just want to make certain that someone is protecting me from their poor choices...  Sadly, they will never build a gun smart enough for that.  Any discussion of sensible firearm ownership must begin with the basic truth that bearing arms is not an absolute right, but a privilege.  And, as with any privilege, gun ownership comes with certain responsibilities.  In this country you need to pass tests, to demonstrate a proficiency & understanding of the "rules of the road", before you are granted the privilege of driving.  This is to protect you & everyone else out on the road.  It conveys the serious responsibility that one accepts by getting behind the wheel.  Should we not demand at least that much from people who wish to own and use guns?

      •  100% agree (1+ / 0-)
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        Yonit

        I'll have a Cafe-Mocha-Vodka-Valium Latte to go, please.

        by penelope pnortney on Mon May 05, 2014 at 03:09:15 PM PDT

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      •  Not an absolute right? (0+ / 0-)

        Gertie, you say that "bearing arms is not an absolute right, but a privilege."

        Which part of the "...right of the people to keep and bear arms" didn't you get?

        Your argument would have been much more effective without this error.

        All rights come with responsibilities to exercise them wisely and penalties for failure to do so.

        •  Very few of our rights are absolute... (1+ / 0-)
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          There are limits to how we can express our free speech & religious freedoms, limits on our rights to vote, and our rights to due process.  We, as a society, recognize our right to set limits on the rights to "life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness".  Who would want to live in a world where anyone could pursue all of their perceived "rights" with no thought for the impact said pursuit had on their fellow citizens?  Our Constitution & Bill of Rights were written in a different time.  We can argue all day about the original intent of our Founders, but it's safe to say they could not have invisioned our world.  That is why they built our system on a document with some elasticity - to allow us to adapt with the times.  We have already ceded the argument that bearing arms is not an "absolute right", as felons are barred from doing so.  A common sense approach is NOT to much to ask for.

          •  Constitution (0+ / 0-)

            Although not written in the document, the founders also recommended that it be revised/rewritten periodically - one suggestion being every 10 years.

            "The French have no word for entrepreneur!" G. W. Bush

            by bbuudd on Tue May 06, 2014 at 03:20:59 AM PDT

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        •  Conservatives are all for voter ID, though. (0+ / 0-)

          Inconsistent, much?

        •  How come you leave out the (0+ / 0-)

          "A well-regulated militia being necessary for the security of a free state" part. In parsing the English language there is something called an appositive. An appositive is a word or words in the latter part of the sentence that refers back to the subject. Now Militia seems to be the subject, and the right to keep and bear refers back to the militia.
          All too frequently many of the gun true believers tend to leave out that militia part.

    •  The Rabid Gun Nuts Make The Ludicrous Claim (3+ / 0-)
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      Amycat, CatKinNY, bbuudd

      that if 'smart-guns' are allowed to be marketed, the Government will, I dunno, make it mandatory for every firearm.

      I think, 1) Gun Owners should have to buy an Insurance rider.
      2) Should have to show proof of Health Insurance coverage.
      3) 1 mistake, with injury, & you don't get to have guns any more. *

      *, a) Drunk? Your done.
          b) Driving? Your done.
          c) Drugs? Your done.
          d) Kid gets a hold of it, you are done.

      No guns for you.

      Obviously accidents can happen, especially hunting, so I think there would still be plenty of room for discretion, depending on the circumstances.

  •  Thanks you, as always. (6+ / 0-)

    Here's hoping this series is not needed sometime soon.

    I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong. Seldom turns out the way it does in this song.

    by mungley on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:53:37 PM PDT

  •  Responsible Gun Owner of the Week (4+ / 0-)
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    WakeUpNeo, 88kathy, a2nite, LilithGardener

    From #39 (Note: Now paywalled):

    A Fairfield, Ill., man faces several charges after he shot himself in the groin while fishing Friday, according to deputies.
    I read this and said "Don't. Go. On." The lede by itself is the most drily humorous thing I've ever read here. It just keeps getting worse and worse.

    He shot himself while ... FISHING? What's next? Hooking yourself in the eye on a hunting trip? Dude, get your outdoor sports straight!

    And where did he manage to shoot himself while partaking of an outdoor sport that does not require a gun? In what the article first delicately describes as "the groin" but then later comes, uh, clean and tells us was "a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen which then passed through his scrotum before exiting and lodging in his upper thigh." That's gotta hurt!

    So, bleeding profusely from his ego, he and his fishing buddy decide to tell the cops a (ahem) fish story about how they wuz robbed. Only, perhaps because they're fishing, the cop smells something funny and hints that he knows they're lying ... whereupon they fess up.

    And why were they lying to the deputy? Not just because they were embarrassed ... it turns out the guy who put the lead in his own nutsack was a convicted felon! Bad idea! From the hospital he will be going directly to Jail, do not pass Go, do not collect $200.

    Despite this, he still insists that he just "found" the gun on the riverbank. Yeah. Uh-huh. Just like the way every kid cops encounter with a can of beer in their hands just "found" it and was going to give it to the police as soon as they could (one of the most common lies cops hear, BTW). If it were up to me, any time a felon (or anyone else under disability, really) is found in possession of a weapon they're not allowed to have and they're not at home, the police have probable cause for a search of said residence. They should do so pronto.

    Now the absolute worst part ... the dog that didn't bark. The story does not mention anything about the two of them being drunk or alcohol being involved in any way. They seem to have been stone cold sober. So they have to live this down without being able to say "but we were drunk!"

    I wonder who you'd cast if you adapted this into a comedy sketch or a bit in a film. The possibilities are limitless.

    Also, I will call once again for a ban on Mexican carry. There is absolutely no need for any "good guy with a gun" to carry it like a bad guy, no matter what the CDI factor is. And as we've seen on more than one occasion the consequences can be serious (although I agree that the gene pool would probably not suffer greatly from the contributions these accidents tend to prevent).

    And further, I think this incident also demonstrates that there should be some sort of criminal offense of facilitating possession of a firearm by a felon (assuming the other guy knew or reasonably should have that his fishing buddy was a felon), which would cover knowingly participating in any otherwise lawful firearm-related activity with a felon. If it's not a felony for first-time offenders, it should be the most severe misdemeanor possible and a disqualifier from at least a CCW permit or even any gun purchases for some time. Why should society permit the enabling of felons this way?

  •  Dear Capt. Torbert ... (5+ / 0-)

    ... of the Franklin County, VA, sherriff's office: If you have to wonder whether a firearms accident was avoidable, it was.

  •  The Ultimate Bridezilla (3+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, WakeUpNeo, a2nite

    From #35:

    Bride Kills Niece at Wedding Party

    The lawyer for a Pennsylvania bride accused of killing her niece after the wedding says the fatal shooting was an accident.

    ...

    Police say George-Harvan, of Conway, shot 21-year-old Katelyn Francis on Thursday as they left a bar in New Brighton, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. The wedding was held earlier that day.

    Police say they were arguing about who would be the designated driver when the bride grabbed her husband's new handgun from his truck and shot Francis, of Fairmont, W.Va. around 10 p.m.

    "Unbelievable. You make someone a bridesmaid, and they shit all over you." – Blanche Baker, in Sixteen Candles.

    I'll bet that's what this was about.

    Of course, that's not what her lawyer, with a name that no screenwriter could have made up, says:

    Lawyer J. Lauson Cashdollar says George-Harvan simply tried to move the gun when it went off. She's charged with homicide. She is being held in the county jail without bail.
    Well, at least they can save the wedding money for the legal bills, although the honeymoon will have to wait (See the comments ... people are calling bullshit on her story).
  •  No 600-lb gorilla in this room. No sir! (4+ / 0-)

    (emphasis mine in the following):

    31.  QUEENS, NY, 4/24/14: An on duty NYPD detective accidentally shot his partner in the wrist in Queens overnight, and was charged with driving while intoxicated, police sources say.

    .....

    Poggi's lawyer says the officer was just trying to save his partner's life. "He drove his partner to the hospital," said attorney James Moschella. "And part of the allegation of driving while intoxicated is driving his partner to get life-saving treatment at the hospital, which you certainly can't fault him for."

    The lawyer wants us to ignore the fact that he was DWI while ON DUTY?
    •  Yes, he does ... for a good reason (0+ / 0-)

      One of the few completely valid defenses to a DWI charge, about the only one that completely overcomes the otherwise strict liability that attaches to the offense, is necessity, i.e., you had no choice but to break the law in this case because that was the only way to serve some greater good. In this case, obviously, the defense is that only by driving drunk could the officer get his partner prompt medical attention for a potentially life-threatening injury.

      What I think you meant to be outraged about is that the lawyer seems to want us to ignore that the officer was drunk on duty in the first place. And again, that's irrelevant as far as the criminal prosecution of the DWI case goes, because being drunk is not in itself a crime.

      However, of course, a police officer even drinking, much less getting drunk (or, let's be honest here because given the nature of the job this happens quite often, getting caught drinking by someone who can't let them off of cover it up, or having one's intoxication lead to something like this) on the job is, at the very least, a firing offense in many departments (assuming you haven't availed yourself of whatever employee assistance programs may exist) and a justifiable source of public outrage.

  •  Sigh, LXVII... (4+ / 0-)
    ...The bad news is that the week took a heavy toll on the young kids, with nine injured and five killed. The victims were ages 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 7, 7, 7, 7, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17. Five of the child victims were accidentally shot by their siblings.
  •  Thank you and Peace to you, David Waldman. n/t (4+ / 0-)
  •  Well, I have decided this morning that the (0+ / 0-)

    biological family is an exploitative, not a social unit. The biological cohort is not based on caring and sharing. Children take and parents see what they can take back. Which would tell us, if correct, that the regular mayhem you're tracking is characteristic.
    But, if the biological family cohort is not the model for social organization, what is? The household. The household is a productive and transformative unit, not an exploitative one. The household is not only materially based, it's core purpose is functional -- interactional, mutual. The family, in contrast, is composed of selfish entities, each fixed on individual advantage. Perhaps the missing ingedient in the biological cohort is the sense of time.

    http://hannah.smith-family.com

    by hannah on Thu May 01, 2014 at 02:03:48 AM PDT

  •  Thanks nt (2+ / 0-)
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    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Thu May 01, 2014 at 04:40:09 AM PDT

  •  GunDAIL in American History (2+ / 0-)

    Daniel Case posted an excellent diary last night, GunFAIL in American History.

    An excellent look into who get's forgiven for childhood mistakes.

    "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

    by LilithGardener on Thu May 01, 2014 at 06:57:42 AM PDT

  •  Um...WHAT would that look like exactly? (2+ / 0-)
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    "Troopers say a Battle Creek man left his...Sauer .380 pistol in the bathroom and when he returned back to the restaurant to retrieve the gun it was missing. Employees from Bill’s also checked the stall as soon as the owner called the restaurant after he realized what had happened. Troopers say if the public noticed anyone suspicious at Bill’s Steak House or found a gun on the property to contact the Michigan State Police Coldwater Post."

    So "anyone suspicious," like, say, a man carrying a gun OUT of the restroom, as opposed to the "victim," who was a man carrying a gun INTO the restroom?

    Sometimes it really hurts when I smack my forehead this hard...

  •  Wait, what? (4+ / 0-)
    Chick-fil-A has signs in the restaurant banning concealed weapons.
    At Chick-fil-A? In South Carolina???

    Pretty sure that one would have f*cked me on Final Jeopardy.

    Ain't no such things as halfway crooks.

    by here4tehbeer on Fri May 02, 2014 at 05:21:54 PM PDT

  •  week two of GunFAIL at Bunkerville NV (3+ / 0-)

    no one shot (yet)

    bundy explains his rights

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Fri May 02, 2014 at 05:25:12 PM PDT

  •  I just noticed no CA ones and think it would be... (1+ / 0-)
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    interesting to see how these fails break down by state and population. And then compare that to state laws.

    Not sure it would show anything meaningful, but my gut says it might.

    Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

    by fToRrEeEsSt on Fri May 02, 2014 at 05:46:05 PM PDT

    •  I was noting the same thing and wondering (1+ / 0-)
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      if there is a compilation of these diaries that can be presented as a single tome to those who worship Smith & Wesson.
      This community has some awesome contributors, some of whom I hope can do the kind of statistical breakdown you suggest.

      You all laugh because I'm different; I laugh because you're all the same

      by sajiocity on Fri May 02, 2014 at 06:51:42 PM PDT

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    •  Was thinking the same thing... (0+ / 0-)

      when I noticed that the only NY incident involved the drunk cop.  Tough gun laws really do put a damper on this kind of stupid crap.

  •  Iteration 1000 (2+ / 0-)
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    samddobermann, Daniel Case

    You cannot shoot yourself "Cleaning a Gun"

    You can shoot yourself screwing around PRIOR to taking the first step necessary to clean a gun. And with a little more difficulty (having to do with clambering a round in a gun you just "cleaned") manage to do so AFTER. But unless you are a moron (under the 60s medical definition of same) you cannot shoot yourself DURING.

    Sure the excuse works sometimes. Just like "Officer I only had two beers" works  when you are DUI. But nobody who has ever driven, drank three beers, or owned a gun will ever take it seriously. We/they know better, we just don't want people looking like us (or acting like us) going to jail. Just because we are screwing around with a gun like just about every other "responsible" gun owner does.

    Love guns? Love to pretend aiming and shoot that gun. What else is the point? And if a round is chambered unbeknownst to you (because of carelessness or otherwise) and this shit happens.

    I am the least gun friendly member of a gun family. And I like guns or would. But nobody in my family could ever shoot themselves or someone else "cleaning" a gun. Because my late Father and Grandfather would come from wherever Above or Below to kick our asses. Hell we would get the same treatment for not taking care of a wood axe around kids. Some things you just don't do.

    SocSec dot.Defender at gmail.com - founder DK Social Security Defenders Group

    by Bruce Webb on Fri May 02, 2014 at 06:02:16 PM PDT

    •  ^^^ This ++ ^^^^ (2+ / 0-)
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      The Second Amendment does not guarantee you the right to be an idiot. When the Constitution and Bill of Rights were written, guns were a necessity for most Americans.

      They hunted and defended themselves on the Prairie and in the Woods. I'm sure they had accidental discharges too. They had respect for their weapons though. They didn't play with them like they were toys. They didn't show them off to their friends or use them to impress the ladies.

      With Freedom and Rights also come responsibilities. A gun is a weapon, not a toy. When you have small children in the house, you lock up your poisons, or at least you should, so you also lock up your guns. Your children are your responsibility to protect and nurture them.

      I am not against gun ownership, I am against irresponsible gun ownership. There are more than enough ways to die.

      •  Actually they did (0+ / 0-)

        It's a myth that gun owners were more responsible in the good old days.  Maybe there wasn't quite as much stupidness, but given the enormous amounts of alcohol folks drank back in the day, I wouldn't count on safe responsible behavior all the time.

        I had a cousin who accidentally shot his best friend dead when they were teenagers hunting.  This was in the early '50s, so maybe not pioneer days, but they were good country boys who grew up around guns & respected them, until they didn't.  Passing a shotgun barrel first over a fence and boom, many lives ruined.

        Bing careful 100% of the time is a big job.

      •  The more things change... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...the more they stay the same. Just yesterday I spent some hours poring over old newspapers from the 1890s on, looking for my Grandmother's name.  The paper was from Norfolk, Nebraska. Fascinating. There were still homesteaders coming through. 40 acres and a mule. One of many stories that caught my eye: 13-yr-old girl shot and killed by her 4-yr-old brother who had found a shotgun in a closet. "Concerned for the boy's safety, she tried to take the gun from him, when it went off."

      •  Most Americans? (0+ / 0-)

        Unable to find the reference right now, but I read that when the Constitution was written, most people did not have a gun.  The founders were concerned that it would not be possible to have reliable, well-trained militias at the stand-by if citizens did not have their own firearms.

        "The French have no word for entrepreneur!" G. W. Bush

        by bbuudd on Tue May 06, 2014 at 03:33:19 AM PDT

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  •  Insanity defined. (0+ / 0-)

    Insanity is allowing insane people to have guns, and hoping they won't do something insane.

  •  Explanation (0+ / 0-)

    As a devoted student of conservative Internet forums, I can explain everything. 1) All of these people were on antidepressants: blame Big Pharma.  2) All of these people had mental health issues: provide better mental health care, just not in my town and not at  my expense.  3) All legal gun owners are wise, brave, reverent, and true, so don't blame the NRA.

  •  One More Gun Story (0+ / 0-)

    A wonderful feature used to appear in the "Chicago Reader" called "News of the Weird" that chronicled odd but true events. My all-time favorite told of  the gun-slinger who carried his gun in the waist of his pants. As he was pulling them down to sit on the toilet, the gun discharged and shot him in the genitals.

  •  Grammatically speaking ... (0+ / 0-)

    Dear David, What is wrong with this sentence?

    "The good news is that relatively less people accidentally shot themselves"
    •  You scared them all away. (0+ / 0-)

      Fewer people care about grammar nowadays.

      I do wish people would learn or check each time the use of its vs it's. The front pagers botch this far too often.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Sat May 03, 2014 at 06:02:00 PM PDT

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  •  The dumbest country on earth ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... and the most heavily armed country on earth; what could go wrong?

  •  shootings (0+ / 0-)

    Looking at the states where these events transpired, I notice it is dominated by Red States. The GOP shooting themselves and their kids.

  •  Survival of the fittest? Really? (0+ / 0-)

    Some would argue that this is a form of Social Darwinism.

    The tragic part is the wounded or killed innocents.

  •  Whaddya mean it's too dangerous for me to drive? (0+ / 0-)

    ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT GUNS DO NOT MURDER ACCORDING TO THE NRA. THEY FIGHT TOOTH AND NAIL EVERY PIECE OF LEGISLATION PROPOSED ON GUN CONTROLS. THEY MAKE NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN LAWS THAT ARE WRITTEN BETWEEN GUN CONTROL AND CONTROL OF PEOPLE WITH GUNS.

     IF A GUN IS AN INNATE OBJECT AND CANNOT MOVE AND FUNCTION BY IT SELF, THEN HOW CAN WE HAVE GUN CONTROL LAWS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF DESIGN AND FUNCTION SPECIFICATIONS?

     WHAT WE CAN PROPOSE AND DO HAVE ARE LAWS THAT CONTROL WHERE, WHEN AND HOW A PERSON CAN OWN AND OPERATE A GUN.

  •  Why is it (0+ / 0-)

    that I am opposed to the death penalty -- really I am -- until I read some of these cases?

    Is it because I think of these people as "other" than me -- so different that I have no empathy for their woes and simply see them as human refuse that should be recycled?

    Is this how pro-death penalty typically see those charged in such crimes -- worthless, so why waste time, energy or money offering them a second chance?

    Mind you, I do not feel that way about all gun owners.  Some take ownership VERY seriously -- as they should.  I would never own a gun, but I know people who have them.  Heck, I live in central Wisconsin, where I think a full third of the population are hunters!  Responsible people -- I have no real problem with them owning guns.

    But fools, yeah I really do.  A few cases above happened to people who might have been responsible -- guns are dangerous after all.  But most are due to unsafe use or unsafe storage.

    People like that are why guns should be restricted.

  •  Think about your priorities (0+ / 0-)

    How many of you would drop the issue of gun control in exchange for the other side dropping abortion restrictions?

    There's only 1 right answer.

  •  Much ado about not much at all (0+ / 0-)

    That sounds callous and, in some cases, it is. Stupidity does come with certain disadvantages.

    However, let's look at the bigger picture. There were 40 mishaps and criminal acts in the week cited. Some of these did not involve the discharge of a firearm, such as the forgetful individuals who left their guns in restrooms.

    There was one idiot who was "cleaning" his gun when it went off. The question that must be asked is how he intended to clean his handgun with a cartridge in the chamber? Cleaning a gun includes running a brush or patch down the barrel into the chamber and it's very difficult to envision a person of sufficient intelligence to function in modern society that might overlook a cartridge blocking the way.

    Gun owners that steadfastly ignore the rules for safe gun handling and safe gun storage, especially the rule that firearms are never to be left where children can get at them, should be charged with felony negligence or child endangerment, even if no discharges or injuries are involved. That way, they will no longer have the right to own firearms.

    Getting back to the larger picture, there are an estimated 250 million firearms owned by an estimated 84 million civilian gun owners. The vast, overwhelming, majority of them did not do anything stupid with firearms last week, or any week prior.

    Why should those tens of millions be targeted and/or criticized for the foolishness of a tiny minority?

    If you add up homicides and non-fatal injuries involving firearms for 2011, the total comes to 66,622, less than one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of the estimated number of gun owners. I didn't include suicides because they they are intentionally-inflicted and statistics show the absence of guns doesn't materially impact the number of suicides. Guns are used in just 56% of male suicides and 31% of female suicides. Add to that the fact that the number of suicides in nearly gun-free Japan is significantly higher than it is in the U.S.

    We can, should, and do lament the lives lost and the suffering of the injured but that doesn't mean that we should be asked to shoulder the responsibility for the actions, negligence and misdeeds of a tiny minority.

    •  Stats (0+ / 0-)

      This is off thread but only used as an example of why stats don't matter when it comes to common-sense laws.

      Voter fraud is practically non-existent.  For my money, my right to vote is no less precious than is my right to have a gun.  

      "The French have no word for entrepreneur!" G. W. Bush

      by bbuudd on Tue May 06, 2014 at 03:40:23 AM PDT

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  •  Add another missing in this list from this weeks (1+ / 0-)
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    "left my gun in the bathroom" litany:

    My wife's cousin is a clerk in a used book store in Tucson, AZ, and received a call "I lost my gun by the reading chair in the back"
    Said gun by the reading chair has NOT been found, so another "responsible gun owner" has allowed their weapon to enter the black market for illegal guns. Nice, real nice.
    Will the NRA not be happy till one half of America is shooting at the other half? Makes me sick.

  •  Nucking Futs (0+ / 0-)

    Six of 42 guns (each one a GunFAIL by itself) discovered by TSA agents at airports around the country last week.

  •  HEY! NRA! (0+ / 0-)

    The activities of these Darwin Award nominees is all down to YOU not only not being responsible, but not even TEACHING responsible gun handling behavior! It's LONG past time for you to quit trying to make it legal to own the heavy-duty weapons and to start teaching responsible gun handling and storage!

  •  Got to love #5 (0+ / 0-)

    When shoving a loaded gun down alongside your car seat, always do it with the barrel pointing up.

  •  Sorry, (0+ / 0-)

    but I fail to see how the actions of a bunch of irresponsible, drunk, or just plain stupid individuals should impact my right to own a gun.   Which I don't, BTW, being a single guy living in a safe area.

    On the local news tonight, a man shot a large drunk individual who was shouting angrily and trying to force his way into the house, which also contained his (the shooters) wife and small child.   He shot him in the leg, which put him on the ground until the police got there.    Are you going to carry that story here?

  •  I don't believe it! (0+ / 0-)

    Those staunch defenders of the people's right to keep and bear arms are unarguably born liars. They do not believe in my right to keep and bear a smart gun. They have been exposed as the charlatans that they are. If one needs proof that too many idiots own guns just read the quotes made on gun store owners who would be willing to sell smart guns, even to the extent of making death threats to the gun shop owner. It seems the smart inanimate gun is much smarter than those that claim everyone has the right to keep and bear. LOL

  •  The NRA isn't concerned about citizen safety (0+ / 0-)

    As evident in the NRA's opposition of smart guns equipped with technology would reduce or eliminate accidental use and misuse of firearms by children and teens, as well as reducing accidental discharges or the use of a firearm against its owner if the firearm is stolen or taken away.

  •  Say WHAT? (0+ / 0-)

    No matter how fucking stupid one may be, how does a guy shoot himself in the ass-cheek while cleaning his gun? Was he doing circus tricks by trying to clean it holding it behind his back? (If so, I wouldn't be very surprised. Some of those gun nuts are capable of ANYTHING, constantly one-upping each other in the dumbassery department.)

  •  Shooting while drunk? (0+ / 0-)
    Tucker and the woman, Rachelle Lacasse, 29, were each charged with openly carrying a weapon, discharging a firearm in public or on residential property and improper exhibition of a weapon. They were released from the Manatee County jail after posting bonds totaling $1,120 each.
    That description is under #12 above.  I don't understand why they weren't also charged with something that'd take into consideration they were both drunk -- like "reckless endangerment" -- since you can't say they were DUI.

    There oughta be a law!!

  •  I wish some group somewhere had the funds to (0+ / 0-)

    publish these stats on huge billboards all across the country. But because the stories and stats are ever-changing, it would cost so much to keep them updated. When you read about these actual cases, especially the ones involving the loss of innocent children, and they take place in the area where you reside, perhaps more people would be willing to change their hearts and get behind more stringent gun control.

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