Man, 81, drops gun in synagogue; three shot

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    Man, 81, drops gun in synagogue; three shot

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    DALLAS An 81-year-old man accidentally dropped a handgun during Rosh Hashanah services at a temple, and the weapon shot his daughter in the foot and injured two other people.

    Marvin Marks accidentally dropped the gun when he stood up at the synagogue Wednesday evening, police said. The bullet struck his 42-year-old daughter, who was hospitalized with non-threatening injuries. Two other people suffered minor scrapes from the bullet.

    Police said Marks was licensed to carry the gun.

    Calls to police seeking further details weren't immediately returned Thursday.
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    I hate it when an incident like this gets publicized.

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    curious

    What kind of gun was it that happened to go off, and how was he carrying it in order to drop it by standing up?
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    "What kind of gun was it that happened to go off, and how was he carrying it in order to drop it by standing up?"

    The news media cares not a whit about that. The gun went off...that's the only thing they care about.
    I hate to say it but he was probably either fooling around with it or he dropped it and tried to catch it on its way down.
    Neither of those two possibilities being something that he would care to admit.
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    probably needs to carry it in a holster....or a better holster.
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    Shooting

    I agree, someone in the family should check out the guy for everyone's safety

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    I think the problem is that he is 81 !!!! Maybe time for some safety refresher courses...

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    that's gotta be embarassing. I'm curious about how he was carrying as well. I've never been anywhere close to losing retention on my gun by standing up in church.

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    Old gun?

    Without all the facts we are just speculating, but given the age of the man who dropped the gun, perhaps it was an old gun without a trigger block safety. 99% of handguns won't discharge if they are dropped, even if they land on the hammer. But older guns often lacked the safety devices found on most guns today.

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    Do you think that an 81 year old Jew taking a gun to his place of worship,might have experienced something in his youth that made him decide that he needed to protect his family? Too bad the gun fell and discharged, but there must be a real story that lead to this.

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    I feel for the old guy...at least he HAD a gun.

    FW(little)IW, I bet never happens to him again!
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    81 yr old drops gun, gun fires, folks are injured. And that's it, as if the mere fact of the gun's presence is all that's needed for a wholesale impeachment of guns in general.

    This is all somewhat speculative, in advance of any facts at all, given the paucity of details from that terse article. No mention, of course, of the negligence of having a firearm/holster combination that could come loose, or the negligent fidgeting that unholstered the firearm, or the lack of forethought to acquire a gun that didn't have a stellar record through test trials to prove it wouldn't fire when dropped, etc.

    Same old sad, tired, minimalist reporting that points to the gun as a demon as a foregone conclusion, irrespective of the negligence or criminality involved with the person carrying it. The man had a gun, and look what happend. Seemingly, that's all the reporter believed had to be said in order to state the "whole truth" of the situation. Sad, indeed.
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    Thank GOD! no one was killed or seriously injured, an 81 yr old has no business carring a gun or driving a car, I'm 50 and pray that I have enough sense to no better. There's a point when your a danger to yourself and more importantly to others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultralite View Post
    ... an 81 yr old has no business carring a gun or driving a car, I'm 50 and pray that I have enough sense to no better. There's a point when your a danger to yourself and more importantly to others.
    You sir are completely WRONG. It is ability, not age, that determines the appropriateness of the responsibility undertaken, be it carrying a gun or driving. Now it may seem this man's ability is NOT up to the task but I would think an 81 year old man is a pretty attractive target for a criminal. Being unlikely to win any physical conflict his having a gun is all the more appropriate.

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    If he bought the gun as a young man, it might be a flintlock. I've NEVER trusted the safeties on a flintlock.

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