Isolated incidents and responsible gun owners of the week

David Waldman over at Daily Kos continues his cataloging of the isolated incidents and responsible gun owners to be found throughout these great states of ours. As you read, it’s worth keeping this quote from George Carlin in mind: “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

And we’ll sell them handguns.

LANCASTER, OH, 8/10/13: A gun-safety class in Fairfield County for people seeking permits to carry concealed weapons went wrong on Saturday when the instructor accidentally shot a student. Terry J. Dunlap Sr., who runs a shooting range and training center at 6995 Coonpath Rd. near Lancaster, was demonstrating a hand gun in the classroom when he fired a .38-caliber bullet that ricocheted off a desk and into student Michael Piemonte’s right arm. Dunlap, 73, also is a long-time Violet Township trustee who is running for re-election in November. Dunlap apparently didn’t know that the gun held a bullet, Piemonte said. Piemonte said he is studying for his teaching degree at Ohio State University’s Newark campus, and plans to teach elementary school. He said he and his wife, who already has her teaching degree, decided to apply for concealed-carry permits for their own general safety and not specifically for classroom safety.

That said, I, for one, cannot wait until we get armed employees in all of our public schools. Nothing could possibly go wrong. After all, they’ll be taking gun safety courses… oh…

GREEN VALLEY, AZ, 8/12/13: A 36-year-old man is recovering Monday night after his 3-year-old son accidentally shot him in the buttocks. Battalion Chief Tom Louis said the accident happened Monday night in a desert area near Green Valley, Arizona around 6:30 PM. According to Louis, the man was target shooting with his son when the boy unintentionally shot him with a .22 caliber rifle. “This incident illustrates the importance of using exceptional caution whenever children are allowed around guns,” said Louis.

Ya think? I don’t trust my 3 year-old with markers by herself (she likes to decorate the walls with her “art”), I certainly wouldn’t hand her a bloody rifle.

Go read the other fun tales.


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