Man hit by falling bullet. Or not? Bonus stupid comments in article.
Falling bullet hits Fla. man in face
Sounds like to me he was shot, not a victim of the fabled bullet meteor.
Trajectory and terminal velocity seems a bit off:
Translation: We're too scared to confront citizens firing weapons (have you ever called 911 to report celebratory gunfire? Did they show up? That's pretty much my experience.):
It clipped through the bill of his hat, struck the bridge of his nose, exited his nostril and bored a path from his lower lip through the fleshy nub of his chin. Exiting his lower jaw, it struck his rectangular silver medallion necklace inscribed with a favorite Bible verse of his mother's: If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed ... nothing shall be impossible to you.
Good luck with that:
Authorities aren't rushing to remedy the problem.
Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said he doesn't consider preventing celebratory gunfire a major priority for the Sheriff's Office, since he's aware of only two incidents of falling bullets hitting people - at Safety Harbor and Tropicana Field - this year.
A firearms instructor admits that permit holders have inadequate training:
Duran (mother of other falling bullet victim in article) said she'd like to see more than just education. Stricter regulation of the purchase of ammunition could help insure that those who obtain guns illegally don't have easy access to bullets, she said.
A state Senator thinks the NRA would be opposed to a law against celebratory gunfire. Isn't it already illegal?:
Joe Krawtschenko, a firearms instructor from Bradenton who is working with Duran on the Bullet Free Sky initiative, said the state should also require more rigorous safety training for those who obtain concealed-weapon permits.
"You have a ton of people out there with guns who have no idea how to use them," Krawtschenko said.
State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, was fretting about celebratory gunfire all night on July Fourth because of the Duran incident earlier this year.
Joyner said she would support a public education campaign carried out by government agencies at both the state and local level. But she suspects any proposals for a legislative solution to bullets fired into the sky would face swift and fierce opposition from gun-rights activists and interest groups such as the National Rifle Association.
"I just don't know whether or not that's a fight I'd like to take on," she said. "You're talking about one of the biggest holidays in this country. The custom, the tradition, is you shoot your gun. You can talk about ways (to stop it), but at this point I don't think there would be any way to pass legislation."
Promise to not NRA bash LOL
I promise not to NRA bash! The following quote is from a state rep in FL (she sounds daffy in her other quotes but that is not the point LOL)
Folks tell me if I am right or wrong but wouldn't the NRA support a law against firing blindly in the sky? Or at least not oppose it? It goes against all the rules of safe gun handling.
(State Sen)Joyner said she would support a public education campaign carried out by government agencies at both the state and local level. But she suspects any proposals for a legislative solution to bullets fired into the sky would face swift and fierce opposition from gun-rights activists and interest groups such as the National Rifle Association.
And if you think the NRA should oppose a law or city ordinance I would be curious to why you would think that.