I’ve got Schnauzers. So I don’t need a pet peeve. But there he is, skulking around in the corner. No matter how many times I kick him out the door, he keeps coming back, always wearing that stupid Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day tag. In case you don’t recognize the cur, he’s got a German name. “Wentoff.” And here’s his latest appearance. “The shooting happened around 2:20pm Sunday afternoon, at Miller’s Munitions Gun Shop, off Poplar Hill Road in Huntington Township . . .
State Police in Adams County tell CBS 21 that a husband and wife went there to buy a gun and were in the back of the shop, outside test firing some weapons when something went wrong. The gun the husband held went off and the bullet from that gun hit his wife in the abdomen area. Investigators say she was flown to a York hospital, but later died.
Heads-up to whptv.com and everyone else in the journalism biz. As much as you may not want to seem insensitive by blaming people who shoot people by mistake for making a mistake and shooting someone, guns don’t “go off.” Someone pulls the trigger. They may not mean to, but they do.
In those rare, some might say mythic, occasions where a gun somehow manages to “fire itself,” no one would get hurt if the person holding the gun had followed the firearms safety rule: always keep a gun pointed in a safe direction (which includes aiming it at someone who poses an imminent lethal threat and imminence is imminent).
A person has to violate at least two safety rules (and common sense) to shoot someone “by accident.” Or, if we’re going to get all anatomical sounding, if they’re going to “create a negligent discharge.” Anyway, don’t sugarcoat it. “The husband accidentally shot his wife in the abdomen.” And that’s the truth.