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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]

41 Responses to Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge of the Day: Ferguson Fallout Edition

  1. 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….

    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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……

    • 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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.

    • “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.

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

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

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

    Crikey.

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