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Do You Know Somebody Who's Been ACCIDENTALLY Shot?
January 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM

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?

Do You Know Somebody Who's Been Accidentally Shot?
  • Only group members can vote in this poll.
  1. 53% - yes
  2. 36% - no
  3. 10% - close enough (like friend of a friend)

Replies

  • fullxbusymom
    January 7, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Yup friend at a gun range.  My father committed suicide to by eating his service piece.

  • katy_kay08
    January 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I know someone that was intentionally shot.  

  • Peanutx3
    January 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    My kids go to school with a local family where the little boy accidentally shot his sister.

  • Veni.Vidi.Vici.
    January 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Sadly I do. It was the gun owners fault. The gun owner survived but was permanantly injured and will forever be incapable of living a normal life.

  • eema.gray
    January 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM
    No. No I don't
  • Christy644
    January 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM
    A kid I went to school with tried cleaning the gun before unloading it. What a dumbass! He lived. Nothing fatal but it hurt like hell I'm sure.
  • katy_kay08
    January 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    the cop's kid?  

    Quoting Peanutx3:

    My kids go to school with a local family where the little boy accidentally shot his sister.


  • katy_kay08
    January 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    oh wait, I did think of one.  A friend of my son's accidentally shot himself after coming home drunk from a party.  

  • Meghan6391
    January 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    My bestfriend/ex fiance... they wrote it off as a suicide even though the gun accidently went off (is what is stepdad said.. i still think his stepdad shot him) :( 

  • Peanutx3
    January 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Yep.  She was in the other 1st grade class. I was thankful she wasn't actually in my son's class.

    Quoting katy_kay08:

    the cop's kid?  

    Quoting Peanutx3:

    My kids go to school with a local family where the little boy accidentally shot his sister.