Gun Accidents: And how to avoid them

As the saying goes…”those that don’t know history are condemned to repeat it”. So lets learn from the mistakes of others. It seems if all the following accidents seem to be avoidable if you either use a quality holster or follow the four rules.

The four rules of firearm safety are:
1. Treat all guns as if they are always loaded.
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything that you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
4. Be sure of your target. (and what is behind it)

Accidents due to No Holster

No Holster #1, Mexican Carry #11,2: Loss of Family Jewels

The man had just stuck the gun back into his waistband when it fired, shooting him in the left testicle. He cringed, causing the gun to fire again and strike him in the left calf.

No Holster #2, Mexican Carry #2: No Wang Vo

His name was Chang Thong Vo, but he was better known on the streets of Chinatown as Tommy or “No Wang Vo” because four years ago he accidentally shot off part of his penis with the .45-calibre handgun he kept stuffed down the front of his baggy blue jeans.

No Holster #3, Gun in Backpack: Woman Paralyzed

Rubalcava’s gun discharged on Aug. 4 as he set the backpack on the floor during a class at California Beauty College in downtown Modesto. The bullet lodged in Michelle’s back and severed her spinal chord, paralyzing her from the waist down.

(probable) No Holster #4, Locked and Loaded Gun Under Pillow

ALBANY, Ga. – A police officer was shot in the wrist when the service weapon that she kept under her pillow went off. Albany police Sgt. Kinshishi Adams, 34, was lying in bed Sunday when a .40 caliber pistol she kept under her pillow discharged and struck her in her left wrist, Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek said. Adams was listed in good condition Tuesday at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Valerie Benton said. “She sustained an extremely serious wound to the left wrist and underwent surgery (Sunday) night,” Cheek said. “Everything indicates it was just a freak accident. She apparently sleeps with a weapon under her pillow, and somehow it discharged.1

Comment from THR says it all: “She sounds like a real bright one. “Let me see, I’m going to cock and lock this pistol then rest my head on it!” Someone that stupid doesn’t need to be in law enforcement and is very lucky she was only shot in the wrist.” Try a holster or a night stand next time. If you awake at night and have to make a speed draw on a criminal standing over your bed, well, it’s too late for you my friend. The best option is to sleep in a secure house, locked bedroom, with your home defense weapon in condition 3. That way you have to make deliberate moves to make your weapon “dangerous”, while using physical barriers and a decent alarm system to give you time to prepare/contact help. Speed drawing is for street carry. Buy a dog if you are that scared.

Cheap Holster #1: Gun Falls Out

While eating dinner at the Planet Hollywood restaurant, a patron bent to pick something up from the floor. A small pistol fell from his pocket, hit the floor, and went off. The bullet struck and injured two convention delegates waiting to be seated; both women went to the hospital.

Cheap Holster #21: Gun gets cocked.

I once was a rent a cop and we had cheap Hunter holsters, the retention strap went over the trigger guard, leaving the hammer exposed. Twice I looked down to see my revolver cocked.

    Violating the four rules

1. Treat all guns as if they are always loaded.

Teen Assumes Gun Was Unloaded

Samuel B. Allgyer, 15, of Mill Hall, and two other male teens, 13 and 15, returned from hunting and each was handling the gun in a farmhouse Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The 15-year-old fired the rifle thinking it had no ammunition in it, said state police Trooper Nicholas A. Loffredo. But it did have a live round, which struck the victim in the chest.

Man Assumes Gun Was Unloaded At Gunshow

John Bogesdorfer, 64, of Monroeville was looking at a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun at the booth of Hannah’s Gun Shop of Tipton, Blair County when the incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. The booth was tended by vendor John Hannah . While Bogesdorfer was handling the gun, it went off, striking Gladkoski who was at another vendor’s booth. All guns at the gun show were supposed to be unloaded.

Pop Star is Reckless, Doesn’t Check The Chamber

JIMMY ZAMBO, a Hungarian pop star, died yesterday in a gun accident. Zambo, 42, accidentally shot himself in the head at 5am in his house in Budapest. He had fired a 9mm Beretta out of the window. Zambo removed the clip, but failed to realise a bullet was still in the chamber.

2. Never let the muzzle cover anything that you are not willing to destroy.
Being Careless While Unloading1: Darwin Award

Atlantic Beach Police say a gun accident turned fatal Sunday afternoon. Police say two best friends, 26 year old Justin Corbett Ellingsworth and 25 year old Donald Robert Jones Jr, were unloading some guns, …

Extremely rare (not to mention suspicious). Violated rule #2 even though no human was touching the gun.

The man had gotten out of the boat to pick up decoys at the end of the day, said Cape Taylor, Tennessee Wildlife Resources law enforcement supervisor for Davidson and several other counties. A hunting companion, who didn’t have waders on, remained in the boat, where the other man’s shotgun lay on the floor. “The dog apparently jumped back there and hit the trigger of the gun,”

4. Be sure of your target. (and what is behind it)

Shooting before identifyingsource

An off-duty police officer in Connecticut shot and critically wounded his 18-year-old daughter, apparently mistaking her for an intruder after she sneaked out of their home and re-entered through the basement.

Eric Scott, 41, a member of the New Haven police force for nine years, has not been charged in the Tuesday shooting.

“Mr. Scott was under the impression his daughter had gone to bed for the night,” Stratford Capt. Thomas Rodia said. “He did not expect his daughter to be outside or down in the basement.”

Investigators said Tasha Scott left her home late Monday to meet a boyfriend. She triggered a backyard motion sensor light as she tried to enter through a basement door.

Awakened by the light, Eric Scott spotted someone moving in the basement bathroom, police said. He fired his department-issued pistol once, hitting the teen in the knee. The bullet traveled up her leg and lodged in her thigh area, police said.

The teenager underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition Wednesday morning.

Lesson learned: Be sure of your target (rule #4), it just ain’t empty platitude. Invest in a good flashlight. Gun mounted light = target ID while keeping your shooting platform. Don’t shoot anything just because it “broke” into your home. Cops are not infallible. And if somebody is in the bathroom common sense would say they probably aren’t extremely dangerous.

Dropping a Gun

Not sure what to say about this….

Kuala Lumpur- Three shoppers, including two Vietnamese workers, were shot in the leg by stray [pellets] when a Malaysian security guard at a popular mall accidentally dropped his shotgun, reports said Friday. The guard, 24, had been loading his shotgun early Thursday when the weapon slipped and fell to the ground.

Source:
Tennessean,Hunting dog hits trigger, kills hunter, ANNE PAINE, Friday, 01/12/07
Havard Magazine, Death by the Barrel, David Hemenway applies scientific method to the gun problem, Craig Lambert
MSNBC, Nobody move or the one on the right gets it, too, Would-be kidnapper shoots own left testicle, police say, then nails left calf, 6:03 p.m. ET Nov 15, 2006
Beauty college shooter sentenced, Rubalcava admits to ‘really bad decision,’ gets 270 days in jail, SUSAN HERENDEEN, December 19, 2006, 05:55:53 AM PST
MSNBC, Nobody move or the one on the right gets it, too, Would-be kidnapper shoots own left testicle, police say, then nails left calf, 6:03 p.m. ET Nov 15, 2006
Canada First, “Refugee” Gangster ‘No Wang’ Vo Slain in Toronto’s Chinatown
The Associated Press, AMISH TEEN KILLED IN GUN ACCIDENT AFTER HUNTING, 12/3/2004, 12:58 p.m. ET
post-gazette.com, Gun accident injures man at ExpoMart, Sunday, May 15, 2005
witntv.com, Man Killed in Gun Accident, 6:21 PM Apr 23, 2006
Independent Newspapers UK Limited, Pop star dies in gun accident, Jan 3, 2001

Deutsche Presse Agentur, Three shoppers shot in freak gun accident at Malaysian mall, Thursday August 31, 2006
CBS, Off-Duty Cop Accidentally Shoots Daughter, Connecticut Police Officer Critically Wounds Daughter After Mistaking Her For An Intruder, STRATFORD, Conn., May 30, 2007
Associated Press, Officer shot by gun kept under pillow, June 12 2007
Albany Herald, Officer accidentally shoots self, Joshua Brown

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