27 June 2007

Accidents happen: Three in county unintentionally shoot selves over weekend

I have a better headline:
Stupid people shoot themselves
Three different people in three different places (all in Collin County) all suffered .22 caliber wounds from firearms that apparently fired themselves. I just love the descriptions, as provided by Lt. John Norton of the Collin County Sheriff's office:
...the 46-year-old man identified as Mark Sirkel of Blue Ridge was loading a .22-caliber rifle in his living room at his home in the 9500 block of County Road 501 when the weapon discharged and a bullet struck him in the left knee...
...Denny Davidson of Lucas showed up at the MCM emergency room with a gunshot wound to his left hand and thigh. Davidson told officers he was sitting on his couch at his home located in the 1800 block of Country Club Road cleaning his .22-caliber Beretta handgun. He was putting the gun back together when the gun discharged and the bullet went through his left index finger and struck him in the thigh...
...Jennifer Rose of Lavon, accidentally shot herself at their home in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue. Norton said Rose put a magazine into a .22-caliber pistol when it discharged and the bullet struck her in the leg. It is not known which leg was injured in the accident.
Well, that's all bad enough, but here's the advice from the sheriff:
“Obviously, anytime you deal with a firearm, you’ve got to be very careful because it’s subject to go off at any time,” Norton said.
Yeah, obviously, because guns just go off by themselves. Especially ones that have been disassembled for cleaning.

Here's what really happened, in all three cases: the people holding the loaded firearms pulled the trigger. No detective work needed here, no other explanation required. Guns do NOT go off by themselves - someone must pull the trigger.
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