Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge of the Day: When Shotguns Attack! Edition

Elmer Fudd (courtesy

‘Man shot in abdomen by shotgun’, Iowa’s proclaims. More promisingly – in terms of attributing the firearms-related injury to something other than a malevolent inanimate object – the lead reveals that “A man was airlifted to the hospital after being shot in the abdomen while pheasant hunting Saturday morning in Plymouth County.” Ouch! But don’t get to thinking that’s crack journos would use this as an opportunity to warn readers about gun safety, rather than gun possession (in the demonic sense) . . .

The Department of Natural Resources said 18-year-old Ross Arens, of Remsen, was crossing a creek and handed his shotgun to another person when the gun discharged, seriously injuring Arens. Arens was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, and there is no word on his condition. The Iowa DNR is investigating the incident.

To my mind there are three people to blame here. The “victim” who handed a loaded gun to his ballistic BFF. The person receiving said firearm, who aimed it in an unsafe direction and . . . wait for it . . . pulled the trigger. And the journalist who was perpetuated the coverup posted above.

As Pete Seeger opined (musically), when will they ever learn? The hunters, now. The jobbing journos? Never.


  1. avatar v v ind says:


  2. avatar Gregolas says:

    Our course of action is clear: we must ban creeks.
    For the children.

  3. avatar franklin the turtle says:

    there was one in California, it was an evil sawed off shotgun that blasted a known gang leader in the leg as he pulled it outta his pants. the article says they MAY charge him as a felon in possession of a gun. we obviously need more laws to keep guns outta the hands of criminals cause these ones ain’t working

  4. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Pretty gutsy move…..

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      I don’t know if you were being cute. “Gutsy” is certainly not the term I would use for what happened here. But if you take a 12 gauge load in the abdomen from 2 feet away, your guts will never be the same again.

      I’m hoping the young man lives to hunt another day. It’s a reminder to all of us not to get lax on safety rules. We learn those rules for a reason.

  5. avatar Nick says:

    Is anyone looking to see if these two guys had any kind of grudge between them?

    1. avatar 80 D says:

      Or how many beers between them.

  6. avatar General Zod says:

    Gotta watch out for those roving packs of feral shotguns…

  7. avatar jwm says:

    And I was so looking forward to the opening day of pheasent season.

  8. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    I constantly have to man handle and discipline my shotguns to keep them in line. They have a mind of their own! They need discipline! Discipline , I say!

  9. avatar Richard In WA says:

    Guns are bad, mmk. They lurk in dark areas, over stream crossings, and inject your blood with poison at the slightest provokation.

    No wait that’s spiders. Carry on!

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