Celebrate Gun Appreciation Day! Shoot Someone By Accident

“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” It’s one of the NRA’s classic sayings. Guns aren’t the problem. People are. I agree that people can be problems, but they usually aren’t lethal problems when they aren’t armed to the teeth. Some people don’t get that. Just ask some of them at this year’s Gun Appreciation Day.

From the Department of Dumbass:

Officials say Gary Lynn Wilson, 36, was having his shotgun checked before entering the show when the incident happened. He was unzipping his 12-gauge shotgun’s case when it accidentally fired birdshot pellets, hitting three people, The News & Observer in Raleigh reported. Wilson was planning on privately selling the gun at the show, according to NBC affiliate WNCN.

The three victims, Janet Hoover, Linwood Hester and Jake Alderman, were hit, respectively, in the right torso, left hand and right hand, WNCN reported. They were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Witness Daniel Peadan told WNCN he was about to enter the building, when he heard a loud pop: “The people right there at the door, a lot of them ran … They scattered because it was chaotic.”

“This was an accidental discharge,” said Brian Long, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, in a statement….

In Medina, Ohio, an exhibitor at a local gun show was opening a box containing a gun when the weapon went off, striking his partner, who was sitting next to him, NBC station WKYC of Cleveland reported.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries in the arm and thigh and was taken to a hospital.

Police told WKYC the shooting was accidental, and a man who attended the show had sold that gun to the exhibitor.

In Indianapolis, state police said a 54-year-old man was loading his .45 caliber semi-automatic gun when he shot himself in the hand, The Associated Press reported. The victim, Emory L. Cozee, had been leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife show at the state fairgrounds, officials told the AP. Loaded personal weapons are not permitted inside this show, according to the AP.

Cozee was hospitalized. Police told the AP no charges will be filed and the shooting was accidental.

Nothing says “I love my gun like shooting someone by accident.”


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  1. I so hope this story gets pushed

    And thank you for posting it.

    • 87 Incidents on Gun Appreciation Day

      David Waldman of Daily Kos provides links:

      Providence, RI; 12:30 am EST. 1 wounded
      Buffalo, NY; 1:00 am EST. 1 dead
      Cleveland, OH; 1:04 am EST. 1 dead, 1 wounded
      Hamilton, OH; 12:20 CST. No injuries
      Odenton, MD; 1:30am EST. 2 wounded
      Kingston, NY; 1:45 am EST. 1 wounded
      Allentown, PA; 2:00 am EST. 1 dead
      Columbus, GA; 2:07 am EST. 1 incidentally wounded
      Kirksville, MO; 1:30 am CST. No injuries, no property damage
      Elmira, NY; 2:30 am EST. No injuries reported
      Washington, DC; 2:30 am EST. 1 dead
      Gresham, OR; 12:00 am PST. 1 dead
      Spartanburg, SC; early am EST 1 wounded
      Charlotte, NC; 3:00 am EST. 1 wounded
      Greensboro, NC; 3:30 am EST. 1 dead
      McDonough, GA; 3:30 am EST. 1 dead
      Chicago, IL; 4:00 am. 1 wounded
      Salem, OR; 1:00 am PST. 1 wounded
      North Platte, NE; 3:30 am CST. No injuries
      Colorado Springs, CO; 2:00 am MST. 1 wounded
      Danville, IL; 3:00 am CST. 1 wounded
      Sioux City, IA; 3:19 am. Property damage, no injuries
      Las Vegas, NV; 2:00 am PST. 2 wounded
      St. Louis, MO; 4:00 am. 1 dead
      Anchorage, AK; 2:45 am AKST. 1 wounded
      Loleta, CA; 4:15 am PST. Incidental injury
      Yuma, AZ; 5:45 am MST. Property damage, no injuries
      Tallahassee, FL; 8:30 am EST. 1 wounded
      Trinidad, OR; 8:00 am PST. 1 dead
      Moscow, ID; 9:00 am PST. 1 dead
      Stow Creek, NJ; 12:30 pm EST. 1 wounded
      Jackson, MS; 12:00 pm CST. 1 wounded
      Franklin Co., TX; 12:00 pm CST. 1 dead
      Little Rock, AR; 12:10 pm CST. 2 wounded
      Raleigh, NC; 1:15 pm EST. 3 wounded
      Cleveland, OH; 1:45 pm EST. 1 dead
      Hampton, VA; 1:46 pm EST. 2 dead
      Long Beach, CA; 10:50 am PST. 1 wounded
      Las Vegas, NV; 11:15 am PST. 2 wounded
      Kansas City, KS; 1:40 pm CST. 1 dead
      Chicago, IL; 1:49 pm CST. 1 wounded
      Medina, OH; 3:00 pm EST. 1 wounded
      Idaho Falls, ID; 1:00 pm MST. 1 dead
      Chicago, IL; 2:00 pm CST. 1 wounded
      London, KY; afternoon EST. 14-year-old wounded
      London, KY; afternoon EST. 45-year-old wounded in separate incident
      San Leandro, CA; 12:20 pm PST. 1 dead, 1 wounded
      Port Edwards, WI; 3:00 pm CST. 1 wounded
      Ft. Wayne, IN; 4:00 pm EST. 1 dead, 1 wounded
      Indianapolis, IN; 4:15 pm EST. 1 wounded
      San Jacinto, CA; 2:00 pm PST. 1 wounded
      Colorado Springs, CO; time unknown MST. 2 wounded
      Lake City, AR; 4:30 pm CST. 2 wounded (life-threatening)
      Las Vegas, NV; 3:45 pm PST. No injuries reported
      Concord, CA; 3:55 pm PST. No injuries reported
      Long Beach, CA; 4:30 pm PST. 1 dead, 1 wounded
      Rosewood, FL; evening EST. 1 dead
      Oklahoma City, OK; 7:00 pm CST. 1 wounded
      Springfield, MA; 8:00 pm EST. Property damage; no injuries
      Greenwood, SC; 8:00 pm EST. 2 wounded
      Winchester, KY; 8:02 pm. 1 wounded
      Philadelphia, PA; night. 1 wounded
      San Francisco, CA; 5:30 pm PST. 1 dead
      Monroe, LA; night CST. 1 wounded
      Sanford, FL; multiple incidents. Property damage, no injuries
      Tempe, AZ; 7:15 MST. 1 wounded
      Livingston, CA; 6:23 pm PST. 2 wounded
      Huntsville, AL; 8:30 pm CST. 1 wounded (life-threatening)
      Atlanta, GA; 10:00 pm EST. 1 wounded
      Greenville, SC; 10:06 pm EST. 1 dead
      Chicago, IL; 9:19 pm CST. 1 wounded
      Boston, MA; 10:30 pm EST. Pit bull killed by police officers
      Thomasville, NC; 10:38 pm EST. 1 dead
      Long Beach, CA; 8:00 pm PST. 1 wounded
      Grapevine, TX; 10:00 pm CST. 2 dead
      Chicago, IL; 10:00 pm CST. 1 wounded
      Albuquerque, NM; 9:15 pm MST. 5 dead
      Orlando, FL; night EST. 1 wounded
      Sarasota, FL; 11:45 pm EST. 1 wounded
      Farmington, NM; time unknown. No injuries
      Columbia, SC; approximately 11:50 pm EST. 1 wounded
      Ft. Washington, MD; approximately 11:55 pm EST. 1 dead
      Aloha, OR; 9:00 pm PST. 1 wounded
      Pomona, CA; 9:12 pm PST. 3 wounded
      Woodville, CA; 9:45 pm PST. 1 dead, 1 wounded
      Los Angeles, CA; 10:15 pm PST. 1 dead
      Santa Ana, CA; 11:40 pm PST. 1 dead

      • I count 34 people dead

        of course, that’s a lower bound — there may be yet-unreported or not found news items in the list, and some of the wounded may die today or at a future date as a result of the gunshot wound.

        34 dead.

  2. Gun shows: the most dangerous places on earth

    Make good Reality TeeVee

  3. And from the Dept. of Not Funny

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution

    :Charges could be forthcoming against a Henry County mother and her 14-year-old son after the teen accidentally shot and killed his 15-year-old brother, police said.

    Henry County police Sgt. Joey Smith said officers dispatched to the family’s home on Deer Trace Drive near McDonough at 2:41 a.m. Saturday discovered that the younger teen had shot his brother.

    The brothers, along with a friend who was spending the night, had gotten the mother’s handgun, “which at the time had been unloaded,” Smith said.
    “During the course of the evening and early morning hours, one of the boys had evidently loaded the weapon, Smith said. “The 14-year-old at some point pointed the weapon at his brother and pulled the trigger, which resulted in the 15-year-old being struck in the chest area.”

    Smith said that while the shooting has been ruled accidental, “the facts will be presented to the district attorney’s office for possible prosecution on both the juvenile and the mother.

  4. I've thought about going to a gun show

    just to educate myself about guns and their owners. Now I’m not so sure it’s a wise idea.

    Sure, it’s statistically unlikely, but man, getting shot by a gun seems like a real downer.

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