‘Man shot in abdomen by shotgun’, Iowa’s kcci.com 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 kcci.com’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.