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Gun Fail XLVII
Posted By Editor On December 18, 2013 @ 9:32 pm In Crime and Justice,Variety | Comments Disabled
One of the lightest weeks in child shootings in recent memory. Congratulations, America! I found just three children accidentally shot this week, ages 3, 4, and 8. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any way of just shutting the flow off completely, but it’s nice to finally see less than a half dozen or so. Also coming in on the low side were home invasion shootings, GunFAIL incidents involving security guards, and accidental shootings while teaching someone how to use a gun, each happening only once this past week. It was also a light week for guns found in schools. I discovered just one, in Elgin, IL . On the other hand, I also discovered this article , alleging a fairly serious undercounting of guns reportedly found in schools across the state of Ohio last year. By the paper’s count, there were some 250 found there in 2012.
The low numbers in some of this week’s categories were compensated for by the hunting accidents (5), shooting range accidents (4), accidental discharges by police officers (5), and loaded gun cleanings (2). There were also two accidental discharges in retail establishments this week, one in a Burlington Coat Factory store in Racine, and another in a restaurant in Elizabethtown, KY. Thanks for making us all safer, ninjas!
Among this week’s “Holy $#*%@!” stories: the SWAT cop in Chillicothe, OH, who accidentally discharged his weapon immediately before executing a drug raid, while he was still staged outside the suspect’s home. Apparently, the officer discharged his rifle at the exact moment they deployed a flash-bang grenade, and nobody even realized he had fired a round until they found a woman inside on the couch, dying of the head wound caused by the round he’d unknowingly put through the outside wall of the house.
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 ‘I can do anything I want on my property!’ he screamed, and fired three more rounds. GunFAIL XLVIII: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/18/1261009/--I-can-do-anything-I-want-on-my-property-he-screamed-and-fired-three-more-rounds-GunFAIL-XLVIII
 Elgin, IL: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/elgin/chi-gun-elgin-school-20131212,0,760091.story
 this article: http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/593309/Covering-Up-Cases-Of-Guns-in-Schools.html?nav=511
 PASO ROBLES, CA: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/12/13/2833778/whitley-gardens-target-shooting.html
 WELLINGTON, OH: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2013/12/11/wellington-crime-alleged-drunken-driver-tries-to-use-toilet-water-for-sample/
 INDIANAPOLIS, IN: http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/local/3-Year-Old-Fatally-Shot--234955201.html
 Image: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/18/1261009/--I-can-do-anything-I-want-on-my-property-he-screamed-and-fired-three-more-rounds-GunFAIL-XLVIII?detail=email
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