Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Detroit Woman Shoots Self to Get Medical Treatment

The Detroit News reports on a determined gun owner's answer to not getting hospital treatment.

Shooting oneself probably isn't the best way to force doctors to treat an earlier injury.

So muses a Niles woman whose lack of health insurance prevented her from receiving treatment for a painful sprained shoulder.

Kathy Myers, 41, who shot herself in the shoulder Thursday, is now waiting to see if prosecutors will file charges against her.

This fascinating story touches on so much. She loved guns, was a recovering alcoholic who was thinking about taking a drink after 7 years, she had gotten rid of her 357 Magnum.

"I like guns," she said. "But I had to get rid of it. I have a bit of a temper."

What's your opinion? Is this a new twist on the old observation that "the gun is the answer?" Do you think a person like this should own guns?

Please leave a comment.


  1. I can't wait to find out if her gun was registered or not. Michigan is one of the few states that requires handguns to be registered.

    Something tells me that anyone dumb enough to shoot themselves in the shoulder probably isn't competent enough to register a gun. If so, this is just another case of a criminal ignoring the law and no gun control law would have prevented this.

  2. You may be right about that AztecRed. But, although no specific law would prevent any specific gun crime, stirct laws properly enforced will keep many people like this without. That's the goal.

  3. She should've kept & used the .357. Then she probably would've bled out & we wouldn't have had to hear from her.