Poster Child for Negligent Fatal Gun Accidents: Woman Kills Boyfriend With AK

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Pick up a loaded AK clone, point it at your boyfriend’s face at point blank range while you pin him to the bed. The gun just “went off.”  He’s dead and the woman is charged with negligent homicide.

From abc15.com:

According to court paperwork, (Gabriella) Hardee and her boyfriend, Rosario Leon, were getting ready to check out of the room when they jumped onto the bed together.

Hardee admitted to picking up the gun that was on the bed next to Leon. She picked up the weapon, put her hand on the trigger and the weapon discharged. She told officers she pointed the gun at a downward angle that was directly at her boyfriend’s head.

She believed that if she did not squeeze the trigger, it would not discharge.

It no doubt didn’t.

Fatal gun accidents have become quite rare in the United States. There are only about 500 a year. That’s down from 3200 in 1932. The per capita rate of fatal gun accidents has dropped by 94% in that time period.

It doesn’t appear that Hardee had any firearms safety training.  From 12news.com:

Police said based on the knowledge Hardee had that Leon usually had ammunition in the weapon and Hardee had seen it being discharged and knew it was a deadly weapon that she was operating carelessly, she will be charged with negligent homicide.

The case seems a classic example of what criminologist Gary Kleck wrote about in “Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America” the classic text on guns, gun use, crime and gun control in America. From Point Blank, page 297 in the chapter on “Reducing Gun Accidents”:

Concerning the second premise, many gun accidents, perhaps the majority of them, involve chronically reckless people whose impulsiveness, emotional immaturity, or alcoholism cannot be eliminated by a few hours of safety training.

When those words were written in 1991, fatal gun accidents were occuring at a rate of .57 per 100,000.  In 2013, that figure had been reduced to .16 per 100,000. That is a 67% drop in only 23 years, so Mr. Kleck may have been a little pessimistic. Perhaps a high school course in gun safety would have made a difference. Then again, maybe not.

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  1. avatar notguiltfree says:

    Looks to be that he refused to leave the money on top of the dresser.

  2. George Zimmerman in drag.

    1. avatar SD3 says:

      George Zimmerman was justified. This walking STD wasn’t.

      1. Take a good look at that picture.

    2. avatar JasonM says:

      I see it, too.

      1. avatar Peter Charles says:

        She got tired of getting smacked around and shot the SOB. What a shock. She;ll be out in 2.

  3. avatar Adub says:

    Booze + weed + loaded AK = bad result

    Unless he seriously thought he’d unloaded the weapon, I can’t imagine he wasn’t panicking when she pointed it at him.

    Given that he was in bed, for an out of town booty call, I’d be willing to say that a check of their cell phones would show he was ending it and she shot him while he was asleep.

    1. avatar Supermike says:

      Yep… definitely seems more convoluted than ‘oops, I didn’t know it would do that’.

    2. avatar Ray says:

      Where did the part about booze and weed come from?

  4. avatar jwm says:

    Safety classes in high school are a good idea. But that assumes she went to high school. I’ve had pet hamsters that had a brighter look on their face.

    1. avatar Sunshine_Shooter says:

      I know people I graduated high school with that could be out smarted by your hamster.

      1. avatar BDub says:

        FACT: Hamster preferred EDC is .9mm Glock.

  5. avatar Groutboy says:

    Well never mind negligence with a firearm. She obviously shouldn’t own a car, or have a drivers license! I suggest legislation to close all these loopholes. Expanded Obama-Care Mental Healthcare screenings and expanded universal criminal background checks for all drivers licenses, and car ownership. A car is more deadly than a simple firearm. And every one has a car, or truck, suv, etc…Im going to petition Hillary “AOL” Clinton, and the DNC to help me start “Every town for car and driver safety. ” I need a few Hollyweird D-bags to help support my cause…So , let see….JJ Abrams–*(wait didn’t he do a Scifi/military action film about an armed rebellion composed of angry Galactic citizens, and Space Samurai/ Shaolin type space Monks…? )* Oh, and let’s not forget Jennifer Lawrence *(wait..Didn’t she do a Scifi military action film about armed gladiatorial games and an armed rebellion against an authoritarian Government in an apocalyptic future…?!)* Cool ! A real dooshy Broad…Oh, and Matt Damon…*(Wait, didn’t he do a movie about a lone man fighting government corruption, super-soilders, genetic augmentation, fighting fascist military special ops, etc….)* Yeah, great another Libtard fascist Hollyweird hypocrite actor….I need more support for my social cause……

  6. avatar KCNC says:

    If this were Hillary she’d skate because she didn’t mean to do it

    1. avatar NorincoJay says:

      She was extremely careless, not negligent. It’s difficult to prove intent, without intent it’s just carelessness.

      1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

        This is an obvious case of intentional negligence.

    2. avatar Ray says:

      If this were Bill he’d probably be thankful, wherever he ended up.

  7. avatar Stinkeye says:

    If only she were a cop, the Force Science Institute would call this negligent homicide an “unintended whoopsie”.

  8. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    This seems real sketch to me, like she thought she could be like “the gun just went off.”

    Regardless drunken debauchery is no place for a firearm. There is no reason Negligent Homicide shouldn’t stick it’s akin to driving drunk and killing someone.

    In terms of the HS class I actually agree it’s a great idea. Not that most kids shouldn’t understand what it is to safely handle a gun by the time they’re in HS but a refresher for those who know and a lesson for those who don’t in such things isn’t a bad thing by any means. It also helps take away the ignorance that is used agaisnt POTG by the media.

  9. avatar former water walker says:

    Maybe Gabriella was pizzed off at Rosario’s discharge 🙂

  10. avatar DaveL says:

    many gun accidents, perhaps the majority of them, involve chronically reckless people whose impulsiveness, emotional immaturity, or alcoholism cannot be eliminated by a few hours of safety training.

    Many others are only classified as accidents in the first place because of a lack of hard evidence to disprove whatever half-baked, cockamamie story was concocted to cover the real crime.

  11. avatar george from fort worth says:

    whut kinda woman would crawl into a bed with a AK in thuh firs’ place? his gun not big enough?

    people’s idea of romance setting is gittin’ weird.

  12. avatar YZAS says:

    I think it’s likely she did him point blank in a fit of rage and then freaked out… ‘I didnt mean to, the gun just went off, you know like they say on the news all the time’.

  13. avatar gs650g says:

    Darwin ism at work yet again

    1. avatar Calvin says:

      Ehh, technically Darwin was like 15 minutes late

    2. avatar Raoul Duke says:

      Agree

      Stop saving the stupid from themselves. The less dumbasses around the better.

  14. avatar Joe R. says:

    There’s a comedian (forgive me for not remembering his name) who does a routine about women being crazy and men liking that because it makes the sexy times crazy, and that this comedian had read a news article about a woman who beat her man to death with a shoe, and the comedian was like Ooooooh Yeaaaah that had to be great crazy love between the two of them because she had to be crazy. Then the comedian muses to himself and says something like ‘the sad part is, I bet that guy, after the first few hits with the shoe, was like “Ohhhh Yeaaaahhh we’re gonna do that crazy shoe thing again” ‘.

    So, long story short, let’s just hope it was the crazy love thing, and that he died happy.

  15. avatar TyrannyOfEvilMen says:

    Don’t do stupid things with stupid people in stupid places.

    That really should be elevated to the fifth immutable gun safety rule.

  16. avatar Ralph says:

    She purposely pointed the rifle at his head, purposely pulled the trigger and killed him.

    I must be missing the accident part.

    1. avatar SD3 says:

      Give her a medal. Who knows how many lives she might have saved by splattering that cockroach?

  17. avatar FedUp says:

    This chap got 12 years for shooting under the bed “not knowing” that it was pointed at his wife’s head.
    I guess he forgot the part where you perform oral sex on the responding officers and they write it up as accidental. Looks like Hardee didn’t forget.

    http://bangordailynews.com/2008/10/15/news/bangor/lagrange-man-pleads-guilty-to-manslaughter/

  18. avatar michael says:

    Ak, make yo face cook to the side, now when u smile everybody gotta look from tha side….. lil wayne

  19. avatar Anon in CT says:

    Accident my arse.

    This was straight-up moidah!

  20. avatar JasonM says:

    She believed that if she did not squeeze the trigger, it would not discharge.

    Are we sure it’s an AK clone, and not an SKS clone? This is the American media, after all.
    If it was an SKS, perhaps the force of the jump caused the free-floating firing pin to activate the primer. 😉

    1. avatar Gman says:

      Please stop repeating this ridiculous wife’s tale and denigrating a venerable weapon. The free floating firing pin never causes discharge. Now if you’re too fn lazy to clean your gun and it gets stuck in the forward position, slam fire (or unintentional full auto until empty) may occur. The firing pin of an AR is also free floating.

  21. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    Fatal gun accidents always seem to involve at least two people afflicted with terminal stupidity.

  22. avatar Hannibal says:

    So you can point a gun at someone’s head, pull the trigger and then just say you didn’t mean to and all you catch is a negligent homicide charge?

  23. avatar Frank in VA says:

    She doesn’t look too broken up about it.

  24. avatar Mikial says:

    Why would he have a loaded AK on the bed next to him while playing around with his girl? Seems kind of like a Darwin Award attempt to me.

  25. avatar Cesare says:

    ‘Negligent’ you say? I’d have to say it went entirely to plan. She knew the weapon was loaded, she knew how it worked and proceeded to acquire her target and bring him promptly to room temperature, and let’s not forget the Crazy Girlfriend eyes.

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