“Osman al-Alsaied, who’s 28, was enjoying his last night being single when the weapon was accidentally fired at him rather than into the air. Police say the gun was negligently fired by a 26-year-old man who fled the scene but was later arrested and questioned.”
This story of a couple’s ruined wedding night — not to mention an uncomfortable honeymoon — comes to us not from the Land of The Pharaohs, but from my ancestral home of Johannesburg, South Africa. Where the government is contemplating banning wedding guests from firing into the air to celebrate a couple’s nuptials.
Because government can solve any problem by passing a law. Poof! Celebratory gunfire gone! Or not.
Better answer: the RSA’s People of the Gun should work assiduously to instill a common culture of responsible gun ownership. Because no responsible gun owner would even think about launching lead into the air to land they know not where. All such shots are a negligent discharge, period.
It’s a shame Mr. Osman al-Alsaied’s assailant didn’t shoot himself in the nuts, removing his genetics from the gene pool. We’ll just have to take comfort in the naming and shaming that this award bestows upon its recipient. Hoping that any woman contemplating sharing bodily fluids with the shooter his will read this post before it’s too late.