Once is an accident. Twice is an indictment. For Blair Margiotti, it’s proof that he shouldn’t be anywhere near a gun. For a long, long time . . .
According to South Dakota’s Capitol Journal, Margiotti recently pled guilty to shooting his friend and roommate, Rocky Reuer.
Police say Margiotti admitted to handling a loaded firearm while he was drunk and shooting Reuer in the right knee as he was either unloading or taking the firearm apart
Who remembers? Margiotti will be spending 10 days as the guest of the taxpayers of Davison County. He’ll also be forking-over $1,000 in fines and $7,178.15 in restitution to his friend. Because friendship has its limits.
Reuer said in a letter to the court that he did not want Margiotti to serve jail time because it was accident. Reuer did ask for restitution.
Here’s the kicker: this wasn’t Margiotti’s first Negligent Discharge (ND). He’d let one fly at his girlfriend’s home in December. Fortunately, no one was down range at that time.
This time round, the judge banned Margiotti from possessing a firearm for one year. Which seems too lenient by a factor of about ten.
Margiotti’s shown he can’t be trusted to handle a firearm in anything approaching a safe manner. At a minimum, the 25-year old needs to do a lot of growing up. I’m not sure the people of Mitchell, SD should be put at risk during that process.
Here’s a lesson that can be drawn from this: if you have an ND, a near ND or simply a safety violation (e.g., mistakenly point a gun at someone), it’s time to slow down and reevaluate your gun handling skills. Oops sorry doesn’t cut it.
Go back to basics. A lot of NDs/safety violations are the result of too many variables. Too many guns, too many targets, too many people, too much excitement, too many distractions, alcohol, etc. After a “scare” (a.k.a., “warning from God”), go shooting when it’s quiet, take one gun and do one thing. And do it perfectly.
When it comes to firearms, a second chance is a blessing. Unless it isn’t.