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Plenty of blame to go around on this one. Neither of them followed the basic rules. She should have cleared the gun before handing it over. He should have cleared it when handed to him. He should have kept it pointed in a safe direct and his finger off the trigger. Sorry I don't buy the "it went off when he moved the slide".
2:30 in the morning. Anyone want to take bets alcohol also played a role in it?
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Terrible story. Prayers for the family.
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I put the responsibility entirely on the gun owner. Here's why... We can not assume the shooter knew anything about proper firearms handling. I have a few friends who are interested in getting their own guns. When they have wanted to handle mine, the first thing I ask them is "Tell me what you know about basic firearms safety." Even if they know the cardinal rules, I go over it again with them as I check and clear the gun. Then I allow them to repeat the procedure exactly as I demonstrated it. Then I ask them to recite the 4 basic rules again, I check the firearm one more time myself AND THEN I allow them to handle my firearm. As the firearm owner you bear 100% responsibility for the safe handling of that weapon when allowing others to handle it. PERIOD! It is our job to educate the uneducated when it comes to handling our firearms. It is also our responsibility to make sure even the educated follow proper safety as well. There can never be too much CYA regarding firearms safety. I'm sure there is much more to this story than we know, but based on the information in the report, that negligent discharge was her fault, not his. Just my opinion.
Prayers for this family. Alcohol probably did play a part. Do overs not included.
Horrible. Accidents happen in the blink of an eye and as tdave said, no do overs. My prayers go out to this family. I hope the guy doesn't have to do any jail time...that just seems wrong to me when I think of the bad guys who don't go to jail for very real crimes.
Perhaps if they spent time in schools teaching gun safety rather than rewriting history, this stuff wouldn't happen as often.
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It's sad that this has happened. The more reason to teach children and people about gun safety. I am very sceptical that he "moved the slide and the gun went off". Guns don't go off by just moving the slide. And why in the world was he pointing it at her in the truck? Too many "accidents" that leave a question in my mind. If it is an accident it is sad. My brother was shot and killed like that. Someone didn't know the gun was loaded and knew nothing about guns (he was probably gang related) pointed at the back of my brother's head and pulled the trigger. Too much of this could have been avoided by pointing the gun at the floor board.
Amen to that.
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1) I grew up around the town where this happened (many moons ago). It really is a very small world!
2) This is just very stupid and really sad! In many ways.............. you can all pick this apart, but in my mind, there is no excuse for her to have been shot by an 'unloaded' weapon - they are ALWAYS LOADED, EVEN AFTER YOU CHECK THE CHAMBER FOR THE UMPTHINTH TIME!
Sad. My prayers for the family.
Agree with all above members, its a sad Deal!
In spite of the fact that tragedies like this happen less than 1/10th as often as where a gun actually helps stave off or limits violent crime you can bet that this will be used by anti gun folks. Poor family may be used by the anti s as an example of why no one should have guns. I am amazed that some people still quote the old "a gun in the house is more likely to kill a family member than to protect the family". Um how about we take suicides out of the equation morons. If someone is suffering and wants to end their existence it is their business. I know I know, but that is my humble opinion. Some consider it a sin. Well I figure God takes care of sin. Not us. Crimes are another matter. Anyway to avoid the distraction (which I caused myself, sorry about that) the numbers just don't support the reaction we will see.
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So sorry for the family it goes to show you can never be too safe, always safety and more safety.
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