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Do You Know Somebody Who's Been ACCIDENTALLY Shot?

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Question: Do You Know Somebody Who's Been Accidentally Shot?




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My parents asked me this question years ago when some new stats came out on accidental shootings.  They were surprised to learn that  I had done my student teaching with the uncle of a kid who accidentally shot his friend with a shotgun.  The uncle had helped with the clean up and was kind of an emotional mess that week.

I then reminded them that they too knew somebody who'd been accidentally shot.  A friend of my brother who'd been at our house many times shot himself in the neck with his own air gun.  Even though it only shoots BBs, it was a really bad wound; he was touch and go for awhile there.

FTR, I'm a big believer in 2nd Amendment rights and responsible gun ownership.  I think armed citizens are perhaps the most reliable crime deterrant.  But accidents happen.  And stupidity happens. 

Care to share your firsthand experiences with accidental shootings?

by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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by Ruby Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 5:57 PM

My uncle shot his own eye with a bb gun.  This was back in the 50s.  He kept his eye but was blinded.  I also know of a family (aquaintance of a friend) whose 3 year old was shot by another kid by accident. 

by Bronze Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 6:02 PM
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If you live in the US,  the answer would most often be, yes. If you live anywhere else in the industrialized world, the answer would most often be, no.

The second Amendment is 200 yrs old. It is outdated and needs to be changed to reflect the time of citizens owning firearms that are capable of killing dozens in a matter of seconds.  

by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM
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Years ago I found out a guy I went to middle school with shot himself by accident, he ended up dying a few days later or so I heard.

I caught a bullet from it bouncing off a wall at a gun range which was absolutely horrid. My family and I like our guns, we like to shoot. The range we normally used closed down due to the owner moving away so we were checking out new ranges, it was an outdoor range and somehow when my brother shot his gun it bounced off the back wall (which is supposed to be built with a shit load of specifications to ensure that doesn't happen!) and entered my arm. I was only lucky that the bullet had slowed considerably and it was a small caliber. That range is no longer in operation, the state shut it down after that incident (an inspection revealed a lot of problems and I have no idea how they operated as long as they did without a serious problem occurring). I still bust my brothers balls about it. We'll be out and I'll randomly say "Hey, Silas you remember that time you fucking shot me?" Sometimes we get weird looks, but then those looks get even weirder when Silas starts to giggle and says "Yea, that was pretty cool. Next time don't steal my pen" - or he'll say some other random petty crap to make people think "What the fuck?". 

by Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

A college classmate and his roommates had gotten back from a hunting trip and were each in their own rooms cleaning and putting guns away.  One of the roommates managed to accidentally fire, went through the wall and hit my classmate.  Nothing permanent but he did go to the ER and our entire major found out about it.

by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

 Yes, I guy I used to work with mentioned that when he was small his brother accidentally shot him in his arm. And it didn't seem to discourage him.He was a member of the NRA and had a bunch of guns at his home, he proudly told all of us. A few of us just shook our heads. He was a really nice guy aside from that.But he wasn't too bright in many ways.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Dr. Seuss

by Platinum Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 6:53 PM

No, I don't. Curious if my hubby does. Who doesn't triple check there gun before cleaning it? 

by Silver Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 7:06 PM
Yes, my sister's fiance accidentally shot himself in the head.
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by Woodie on Jan. 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

My high school boyfriend was killed by a shot to the head by his friend who pointed a gun at him, messing around. 

20 years my family gun range has been open and not one accident *knocks on wood*

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by Ruby Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Yes. I also know someone who was Deliberately shot.
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by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 7:37 PM
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My infant daughter was shot and killed by a 5 yr old boy. The mother whom I did not know well was doing meth with 5 kids of her own in the home. I went to her home to deliver a birthday cake for her 3rd oldest son and her 5 year old picked up a loaded 30-30 rifle and shot my daughter in the heart. My 3.5 year old son was there. It has forever changed us both, I do not blame the 5 ear old, however I still blame the mother that left out a 30 30 rifle and she was doing drugs.  To many dumb asses in the world that have the RIGHTS TO GUNS.  The guns do not fire themselves there's always a DUMB ass behind the gun, or an innocent child that should never ever be ut in that position.  To many dumb adults with RIGHTS

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