Are not a myth. Apparently. “Investigators in New Mexico say a Chaparral man who was cleaning his handgun Saturday morning accidentally shot his 4-year-old son and the bullet passed through the boy and hit the man’s mother.” Assuming the AP’s reporting a negligent discharge, it seems the man from The Land of Enchantment forgot all that stuff about checking your weapon before cleaning (or doing anything else with it for that matter), always keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, never placing your finger on the trigger until you are in the act of destroying your target and only working on your gun in a sterile (as opposed to target rich) environment. Never mind all that . . .
Or the dangers of not penetrating your target enough. (Studs that they are, the FBI requires bullets capable of 11″ penetration) And never mind all the bullets that miss their intended target completely, which could cause a single penetration problem for an unintended victim. We must concentrate on buying bullets and shotgun pullets that don’t over-penetrate their target. You have been warned.
Oh and what about this? “Investigators regard it as an accident but are sending the case to prosecutors to determine whether negligence played a role.” So it could have been a non-negligent discharge where a gun owner shot two people by accident? Go figure.