Guys can get into a lot of trouble when they have too much time on their hands. Idle hands and all that. Shawn Mossow and an un-named buddy were messing around on Sunday when the friend decided it was as good a day as any to check an item off of his bucket list: getting shot. Shawn’s amigo just wouldn’t be able to say he’d lived without finding out what it feels like to take a bullet. It’s no big deal, though. They knew enough not to use a 1911. Instead they selected Mossow’s .22 rifle. It’s not like they’re stupid or anything . . .

The AP has the gory details:

State police in St. Lawrence County say the shooting occurred around 5 p.m. Sunday in the rural town of Stockholm when 25-year-old Shawn Mossow of neighboring Norfolk relented to his friend’s repeated requests and shot him once in the right leg with a .22-caliber rifle.

They’re both probably taken aback by all the subsequent hubbub. It’s not like Mossow shot his friend in anger or anything. It was consensual, right? And Mossow managed to miss the femoral artery so the friend’s going to recover so really, what’s the big deal?

Mossow’s enjoying three hots and a cot in the county jail now after being charged with reckless endangerment. Maybe his buddy’s testimony that he had wanted Mossow to shoot him will persuade jury to go easy when Shawn ultimately gets his day in court. Until then, he’ll just have to be content knowing that, in addition to fulfilling his buddy’s dream, his name will live on here, enshrined on our IGOTD wall of fame.

[h/t Allen V]

21 Responses to Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Shawn Mossow

  1. I dunno, I’ve always wondered how I’d take a bullet in a gun fight. Maybe this was some high-speed, low-drag dynamic training?

  2. I hate to say it, really I do, but if this was a totally consensual arrangement why is he in jail? Either something else was going on or or again, it’s the public sticking it’s big nose where it has no business (again)

    • A consensual arrangement has to do with certain state statutes but has nothing to do with others. Can you spell Kevorkian? Or an extreme example “But officer, He agreed to pay me for the heroin. Why am I being arrested?”

      • Yeah, I’m gonna say this is one of those areas that I’m probably OK with a “look the other way” method of law enforcement.

        OK so a law or two was broken,, but what does jailing this guy teach him? Not to shoot friends who ask him to in the leg?

        I’m fairly certain he learned that about two seconds after pulling the trigger, and at no cost to the tax payer.

      • Well suicide is illegal in most places, last I checked. (Yeah, yeah, probably just so they have an excuse to confine you if you try or something.) Also, possession of controlled substances (like heroin) is illegal in and of itself; possession with intent to distribute is even worse.

        I don’t think there’s a law on the books about shooting yourself, though, unless it’s some “reckless discharge of a firearm” deal or something.

        Regardless, I don’t see a good reason to lock either of these guys up. This country is suffering because of a general refusal to let folks do stuff that’s bad for ’em – it’s nice to care for people but we really need to let individuals make their own choices and reap the consequences, provided said choices are informed.

    • That is my exact thought. I don’t want to pay to keep either one of these knuckleheads locked in a cage or to have them dragged through the courts system.

  3. Reckless endangerment: “conduct that is wrongful and reckless or wanton, and likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm to another person.” Sounds like an accurate charge to me.

    • Wrongful — only because we say it is, if his friend wanted it, is it in fact “wrongful”?

      Reckless — done with planning and deliberation, a .22 to the thigh is not life threatening

      Wanton — had to look up the actual definition of this one but suffice it to say I don’t think it fits.

  4. Hey Bubba, while we’re sitting here drinking PBR’s and talking about the old days, would you mind shooting me in the leg? Oh wait, you need a notarized consent? Hold on, let me call Uncle Festus, he’s a notary.

  5. Two future Congressmen I’m sure. Well, it could have been worse. At least un-named buddy didn’t want to know what it feels like to be a toasted marshmallow.

  6. I recall a short film on IFC or Sundance Channel where a guy wanted to go a step further than a tattoo and paid a guy to shoot him. I guess life imitates art. Really wish I knew the name of the film.

  7. Well, maybe, they will get better shooting each other the next time around. Really, this should be legal so we can get ninnies such as these off our planet as quickly as possible.

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