Everyone loses things. I once lost my car keys somewhere downrange at a 200 yard shooting range. I still have fond memories of frantically trying to find them during the few and far between cease fires of the day. Fortunately I’ve never lost a gun. Unfortunately, someone in Banning, California seems to have misplaced theirs in a trailer park. Unfortunately-er someone accidentally shot a 12 year old girl with it.
In order to alleviate the suspense, the little girl is fine. She was struck in the “upper right arm,” in what is more commonly known as “pulling a John Wayne.” How did this little girl get shot? Take a seat, the stupidity is bewildering.
Rachel Avila, 30, told police she and her 12-year-old daughter, both of Banning, were talking with friends in front of their mobile home in the 100 block of North Phillips Avenue when Avila found what she thought was a novelty cigarette lighter, police said.
The lighter resembled a miniature firearm and it was lying on the ground, Avila told police.
Avila picked it up and tried to light it by pulling the trigger, police said.
The first time Avila pulled the trigger, nothing happened. The second time she pulled the trigger, a .22-caliber bullet was fired, police said.
“The bullet struck the ground, and then ricocheted upward and entered her daughter’s upper right arm,” the police statement said.
The girl was taken to San Gorgonio Memorial, where she was treated and released, police said.
Mindblowingly bad writing aside (police said), the blame for this incident is really equal parts the mother and the idiot who left the gun there in the first place. Leaving a gun around is dangerous and definitely IGOTD worthy, but adults should have enough common sense to at least check if the thing is a real gun or not before trying to use it to light up. Gizmodo put it best, I think:
First, don’t pick up a gun-looking gun in the middle of a trailer park.
Second, if you have to pick it up don’t pull the freaking trigger without checking if it’s a real gun.
Third, if you have to pull the trigger make sure no children—especially your own—are around.
And fourth, try to always use your brain whenever a gun is involved.
What they said.
One more nugget from the Patch article:
Derringers are among the smallest, potentially deadly handguns made.
Aren’t handguns DESIGNED to be deadly? Although this is California we’re talking about…