January 25th, 2006 10:36 PM
Follow The 4 Rules Of Gun Safety!!!!!!
Situation : January 23, 2006
Medic 3 goes to the scene of a gunshot wound via 911 call and meets PD on scene. 2 Paramedics, a Battalion Chief, and an Engine company enter the residence assisted by PD to find a 20 year old male lying in a pool of blood. His upper-to-rear cranial cavity and 75% of his brain matter are sitting about 7 feet from his head on the floor by his body. There is a .45 caliber handgun clenched in his hand with an entry wound inside his mouth and an exit cavity (minus the rest of his head) showing the trajectory of the round through his head, through the ceiling, floor above, ceiling above the floor above, and out through the roof of the apartment building. No bullet found. A traumatic injury not at all condusive to life. Lifepak 12 EKG shows 30-40 bpm on the monitor. Medic calls med control for confirmation of a "No-Go" for resuscitation based on MOI (mechanism of injury). While on the phone with med-control, patient finally goes into a-sys flatline and dies. Aprrox. 5-7 minutes from gunshot wound to a-sys flatline death for this 20 year old male....
The full story sheds quite more light on the situation. This 20 yr old guy had grown up around firearms and had been involved in firearms for almost all his life. One of the firefighters knew this guy personally since he was about 5 years old. He was starting to make inroads in his life and had started to turn the corner on a nice career as an electrician. He had a lot of things lining up for him and life was going to be a golden egg for him. Unfortunately, he decided to bring his .45 caliber pistol to a party that night. He was the owner of the weapon but was not of legal age to carry said weapon. He had a few drinks and for some stupid reason decided it would be a grand idea to play a joke on his friends at the party. He removed the loaded magazine from his pistol and then put the barrel of the gun into his mouth and pulled the trigger. He thought it would be a great party gag and maybe make himself look "cool" in front of all the chicks that were there including his girlfriend....
Unfortunately he neglected the 4 rules of gun safety and the last thing that went through his mind was the .45 caliber HP that took most of his head off. If he had simply followed the 4 rules he would most likely be alive today. Not to mention the fact that he had no purpose, cause, or LEGAL right to have that gun on him in the first place. Had he followed the rules then the other "issues" would not have even been brought up here. ALWAYS FOLLOW THE 4 RULES OF GUN SAFETY!!! Know your limit when it comes to alcohol! I do not know yet how much this young man had to drink, if he had any at all. BUT you have to be responsible for your actions! If you want to drink a lot then leave your handgun at home or drink at home and keep your handgun safe!
DON'T BE A VICTIM OF AN "ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING"!! At this point, that is what the PD is calling this. Witness statements verify that this was suppose to be a "gag". This young man was brought up around guns, knew the rules, and blew his goddamn head clean off because he got complacent!!! Had he stopped to think 2 seconds about what he was planning to do he might be alive today....
DO NOT FALL INTO COMPLACENCY!!! ALWAYS follow the rules and make sure your loved ones, your friends, and the people you care for know the rules and FOLLOW THEM! I never want to go to a scene and find ANYONE dead because of their own stupidity. That's a complete waste! Some things cannot be protected against sometimes, STUPIDITY IS NOT ONE OF THOSE THINGS!!!!
My rant for today is over. Please be safe out there, carry whenever you can, and be forever vigilant.
"You've never lived until you've almost died. For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know" - T.R.
<----My LT was unhappy that I did not have my PASS-Tag at that fire. But I found the body so he said he would overlook it. :)
January 25th, 2006 10:46 PM
Oh my oh my - the classic (well one of them) complacency situations.
Of course yes - stupid having gun with him under those conditions but that pales into insignificance compared with his crazy stupidity. Rule #2 at very least would have saved him - and anyways - putting a gun in the mouth ''for fun'' is just plain dumb in itself - cleared or not.
Sad, very sad - but let us all learn from this. Just reinforce our obedience of those rules - which I am sure we all follow well. Complacency however has claimed victims before so - remember this.
On a macabre note - I daresay muzzle blast was at least 50% instrumental in that destruction - if not more - the bullet was all but incidental.
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January 25th, 2006 10:53 PM
That wasn't complacency, that was stupidity. I hate to be callous, but it's difficult to muster sympathy for someone who put a gun, any gun, into his mouth and pulled the trigger.
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January 25th, 2006 11:16 PM
1952 - 2006
Originally Posted by Roadrunner
Heroes are people who do what has to be done, when it has to be done, regardless of the consequences
"I like when the enemy shoots at me; then I know where the ******** are and can kill them."
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January 25th, 2006 11:17 PM
Agreed Roadrunner, not double checking the chamber before you start cleaning your weapon is complacent. Playing with a weapon like that is stupid and dangerous. A kid I knew back in 6th grade pulled a similar stunt - same results.
January 26th, 2006 12:28 AM
Thats mighty powerful stuff. Its a shame it happened.
Any type of play is a no-no, even when the weapon is apart for cleaning. It shows a lack of responsability in gun handling and ownership.
January 26th, 2006 12:43 AM
There is no such thing as an "accidental shooting" or "accidental discharge", only a negligent shooting and a negligent discharge.
People need to realize that guns are not toys.
It is definitely a shame that this had to happen to him over a stupid mistake.
Guns don't kill people - bad people (and stupid people) with guns kill people!
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January 26th, 2006 07:33 AM
I've heard many times that there is no such thing as an accident with guns, but that's not true. That'd be the same as saying there's no such thing as a car accident.
From the dictionary:
happening by chance and not planned
Not specifically intended and arising as a side effect
1. habitually careless
While some "accidents" are due to negligence, some are just accidents. To call every unintentional discharge that ever happens negligent is judging without knowing the facts.
It the case stated above, I honestly don't know what to call it, but to me it goes far beyond accidental or negligent.
January 26th, 2006 07:50 AM
Yep, gotta agree. Complacency scares me more personally. i don't think I will be intentionally putting a gun to my head. I always double check the chamber when cleaning and triple check when dry firing.
Originally Posted by Roadrunner
January 26th, 2006 07:56 AM
Me too! That is about the triple checking. I've even got into the habit of removing the mag, locking open the slide, looking in the mag well and chamber and then racking the slide three times and doing it all again.
Originally Posted by rocky
I guess that's excessive, but it's safe.
I can't understand why anyone would point a gun at anyone, including themselves or any part of themselves and especially pull the trigger. It seems like it's just pure thoughtlessness and ignorance. But did I understand he had been drinking?
January 26th, 2006 08:31 AM
Always check the chamber before you put the muzzle of your pistol in your mouth and pull the trigger.
You know...I truly want to feel sorry for this kid but, he really did a huge disservice to every single person that legally carries a defensive firearm.
He placed another heavy pox on and a black mark on all of us safe & conscientious shooters.
Now...every single person at that party has probably turned into a radical anti~gunner.
Blood spatter & brain material on your "party clothes" will have a way of doing that.
He could have just as easily killed another innocent human being...had he initially decided to make his "drunken gag scenario" a little bit different.
I want to feel sorry for this kid but, I just cannot.
I'm not happy that he's dead...but, (for the above reasons) I can't shed a tear either.
January 26th, 2006 08:37 AM
Unfortunatly I also have to agree. It's sad to see someones life cut short, but this gets back to the Darwin Awards.
Originally Posted by Roadrunner
EOD - Initial success or total failure
January 26th, 2006 09:01 AM
It is truly a tragedy and a disservice to gun owners everywhere, and it was thoughtless, needless, etc. But, I have to admit, I have done numerous things (non-gun things) in my life, especially younger years, that if things had gone ever so slightly different, I could have died.
The instrument in this particular case was a gun and alcohol, in my cousin's fatal accident many, many years ago, a hot car and alcohol. Was he "showing off" trying to impress peers - yes, and he paid for it with his life.
It's a shame that something like this has to happen. There's a mother somewhere that will never see her son again. And as offended as we are by his actions, there's a lot more to this than somebody making guns and gun owners look bad.
Without question he did a very stupid, reckless thing; he paid the ultimate price for it.
January 26th, 2006 09:08 AM
I cannot understand the thought process that leads up to "hey, I'll pretend to blow my head off. It'll be hysterical."
There is a safety lesson here about triple-checking one's gun and always assuming it is loaded, like there was in that story of the guy who shot his hand while cleaning his weapon. But the bottom line is that this guy was playing with a gun. It's plain recklessness and a failure to understand the basic nature of the machine. Now he and his family and the partygoers and people who loved him are paying for it.
January 26th, 2006 09:29 AM
What part of pretending to commit suicide if front of your friends is funny? Why did his friends not try to stop him even if they thought it was a gag? All I can figure is that he must of had a few pistols with a magazine disconnect and others that did not. A magazine disconnect keeps the hammer from engaging if there is no magazine in the well (my smith has it but not my Taurus). Also removing the mag and racking the slide should be integral in the clearing procedure (I naturally do this every time if I'm clearing a pistol). Brings back the old saying an "unloaded gun" is the most dangerous.
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