Chin Up, Gun Nut. Maybe Next Year

The inaugural edition of Gun Appreciation Day was maybe not what everyone involved had hoped for. In case you didn’t know, January 19th, 2013 was the very first Gun Appreciation Day. Combine that with Guns Across America, and you’ve got yourself a right good mess of gun toting, freedom-loving people, showing us that guns are a perfectly safe right that was bestowed upon them by God, or a God-like creature, back in 1791.

Well… maybe not as safe as we might have hoped.

There were at least five people who left their local gun show a little heavier than when they went in. Unless you count the blood loss, that is. Luckily it was all friendly fire, with pro-gun people getting shot by pro-gun people, so there won’t be any charges laid.

First off, at the Dixie Gun and Knife show, 36-year-old Gary Lynn Wilson had his shotgun accidentally discharge while taking it out of the case for inspection by law enforcement. It shot the retired officer and some other dude in the hand and put a bunch of birdshot into another woman’s torso. Fun!

Then there was a gun dealer in Medina, Ohio that had just purchased a semi-automatic handgun. When he went to check if it was loaded, he accidentally discharged the firearm into the floor, shooting a longtime friend in the leg and arm. Oops, sorry about that, pal.

Finally, as of now, we have a man in Indianapolis that shot himself in the hand as he left the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife show. Apparently he was reloading his pistol when it went off accidentally in the parking lot.

Notice a pattern here? All of these people were the “safe and responsible” gun owners, and they wounded five people with three shots by accident. Imagine what people could do with those guns if they wanted to hurt someone. Imagine if one of those stray bullets had killed an innocent person, accidentally. I don’t care if gun nuts want to accidentally shoot each other at a pro-gun rally or a gun show. I say shoot away, but when you’re misfiring in the parking lot with houses full of people within range, that’s when I get a bit worried.

I probably shouldn’t worry though, because Evan Myers was  interviewed by 8, and said: “I feel very safe, because I believe that…everybody in here… if they’re responsible enough to carry a weapon, they should be allowed to carry it.”

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense, Evan. Fox News just called. They’d love an interview.

What are your thoughts on how big of an asshole I am?

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  1. Guns don’t accidentally kill people Chris; people with guns accidentally kill people. Everybody knows that!

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  2. Jeezy Brown says:

    Well said. We need more people who think like you in the States. Unfortunately our immigration policy is a mess too.

  3. Tracy says:

    I love it! Definitely NOT an asshole. More common sense than most people I seem to encounter on this topic. Just because someone CAN legally own a gun, doesn’t mean they SHOULD.

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