Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge of the Day: Ferguson Fallout Edition

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“The boyfriend, who wasn’t identified, told police that the couple had bought a gun because of fears of unrest related to the pending grand jury decision on the shooting of Michael Brown,” cnn.com reports. “He told investigators that as they drove late Friday night, the victim waved a gun, jokingly saying the couple were ready for Ferguson. He ducked to get out of the way of the gun and accidentally rear-ended another car. He said the accident caused the gun to go off and she was struck by a bullet in the head.” Something about her finger being on the trigger at the time, and pointing the gun in an unsafe direction, I imagine. Still, it’s perfect grist for the Gun Sense Demanding Moms’ mill. See? You’re safer without a gun! Unless you aren’t. To paraphrase General George S. Patton – a Colt 1903 guy – the trick is to make the other bastard win a Darwin Award. [h/t Cade]

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  1. avatar Chip Bennett says:

    Welcome to North St. Louis, ladies and gentlemen.

    1. avatar Chip Bennett says:

      P.S. Becca Campbell, nascent Darwin Award winner, was a Michael Brown protester:

      http://weaselzippers.us/206098-ferguson-protester-killed-with-her-own-gun/

      1. avatar Gregolas says:

        “Mamma always says, ‘Stupid is as protester does.’ “

      2. avatar CarlosT says:

        They didn’t say how they knew. I’m curious how they found out.

    2. avatar bg from ferguson says:

      Downtown isn’t considered north st.Louis although it’s only a couple blocks away and unfortunately we have people that have no aspect of safety when it comes to firearms in every race and it’s not just in north st.Louis either.

      1. avatar Chip Bennett says:

        Downtown isn’t considered north st.Louis although it’s only a couple blocks away…

        FTA: …in an area dominated by vacant lots beside a football stadium.

        How far north of the Edward Jones Dome do you consider North St. Louis?

  2. avatar Scott P says:

    And another call for gun control because these idiots watched too many movies without even bothering to look up how to safely handle a gun. Something you can find on Google in 5 seconds.

    I am tired of my rights being held hostage by the actions of the least common denominator because if they screw up therefore I can’t be trusted either.

    That is not freedom it is tyranny but the vast majority like these two would rather watch their boob tube than give a damn about being manipulated by “the man” to be so stupid. Bread and circuses….

    1. avatar CarlosT says:

      And of the two organizations, Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety and the National Rifle Association, which of those provides instruction on safe gun handling.

  3. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    For the record I don’t know anyone — and have never heard of anyone — who waves a loaded handgun around in a moving car … much less with their finger on the trigger while sweeping the barrel at the occupants.

    There is so much stupid in this story that I have a hard time believing that such an event is even real. This is right up there with playing Russian roulette.

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      A fellow EMT went on a call on which a moron had played Russian Roulette with a semiautomatic pistol.

      Stupid knows no limit.

      1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

        what about this comment requires moderation?!?

      2. avatar CW3 Crusty says:

        That is called Polish roulette.

  4. avatar Scrubula says:

    Damn, it’s like these people have no brains.

    1. avatar outwardhound says:

      Well, at least one of them is now missing a significant amount of brain matter . . .

      1. avatar Gregolas says:

        Major chuckles guys ! Thanks !

      2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        Geez.
        That WAS some good coffee.

  5. avatar George says:

    Waving a gun whilst driving a car. What could possibly go wrong?

    Took care of a guy who shot himself in the leg while driving across a bridge.

    When I asked him why taking his gun out of the holster while driving a car (across a bridge no less) was a good idea, I go the expected blank stare……

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      Hmmm… Guy waves gun while driving car, then ducks when he paints himself, causing a crash.

      Um, no. The passenger had the gun.

      Hope you read medical texts with better comprehension.

  6. avatar bolero says:

    Cue “the Marvin scene”…

    1. avatar Mike says:

      “Aww man, I shot Marvin in the face”

  7. avatar mike oregon says:

    Sigh, meanwhile 100 million non-morons get no press time.

  8. avatar v v ind says:

    On the brighter side at least she doesn’t have to worry about unruly fergeson rioters anymore…..

    1. avatar Lee Cruse says:

      Yes, one less protestor on the streets.

  9. avatar C.S. says:

    What kind of place sells a loaded firearm…

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      Maybe the buyer laded it…

  10. avatar jwm says:

    I’m a colt 1903 guy also. That’s one I wish they’d bring back.

    1. avatar Independent George says:

      I’m not necessarily a Colt 1903 guy, but I do wish .32 ACP would make a comeback. I think that’s a much more appropriate round for the ubiquitous pocket guns than the .380.

  11. avatar John L. says:

    …and this is why we read the manual…

  12. avatar borg says:

    Maybe the gun store that sold her the gun should start including booklets describing the safety rules. The safest directions to point the gun while driving is either at the engine block and/or down at the street and/or up at the metal roof. She should have bought a pistol with a manual safety assuming hers did not have a manual safety or at the very least a revolver with a long trigger pull. She should have bought a holster assuming she did not buy a holster. She should not have waved the gun around like a toy. At least the person that acted recklessly with the firearm was harmed rather than an innocent victim being harmed through no fault of their own.

    1. avatar outwardhound says:

      “At least the person that acted recklessly with the firearm was harmed rather than an innocent victim being harmed through no fault of their own.”

      Maybe. According to the linked story, the police still looking at boyfriends story to see if it matches up with the evidence-he might be trying to cover up his actions, and my hunch as a keyboard commando is that he’s not being entirely forthright.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        I’m thinkin’ there may have been alcohol involved.

  13. avatar racer88 says:

    I’m not buying the story. Forensics will tell the real story, eventually.

    1. avatar gloomhound says:

      My thoughts exactly.

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      Ayup. Lot of moving parts there that don’t look right.

  14. avatar former water walker says:

    Oh well at least she won’t reproduce. And I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often within the drive-by set…

  15. avatar Ralph says:

    Tragedies like this can be avoided through commonsense moron control, available in boxes of a dozen at pharmacies everywhere.

  16. avatar ShaunL. says:

    Yet another problem that solved itself.

  17. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    What are the chances?

  18. avatar Jeff says:

    Maybe she was a member of MDA, Mothers Drinking Alcohol!!!

  19. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Unless one is Charles Lindburgh, one does well to learn the rules and some technique before taking the stick.

    Crikey.

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