I realize the pro-gun crowd will relegate all the people in this story to the "other side" of the law-abiding fence, but I don't know if that's fair. Let's consider that the young fireman might have owned the gun legally and did what is done every single day, all over the country, which is remove the magazine and leave a round in the chamber.
A north Florida woman has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of a Jacksonville firefighter.
Fisthnise Saint Breux entered her plea Thursday.
Authorities say the 18-year-old was riding with 21-year-old Emanuel Porter II and two other people when they stopped at a gas station in December. When Porter got out the car, he reportedly pulled out a gun, removed the magazine and put the gun and the magazine on the front seat.
Police say Saint Breux picked up the gun, and Porter told her to put it down. Saint Breux pointed the gun at Porter's head and said she wasn't going to shoot him. The gun fired and hit Porter in the head, but Saint Breux later said she didn't remember pulling the trigger.
Saint Breux faces up to 30 years in prison when she is sentenced next month.
Then let's say the girlfriend, or whoever she was did what is done every single day all over the country and pointed the gun at someone not intending to shoot but just fooling around.
Disaster followed. You see, here's the trick. Disaster doesn't follow every single one of these scenarios, but in order for the worst thing to happen, you need some combination of these risky behaviours. Yet, the gun folks keep telling us about the 4 Rules and how gun owners are more responsible than other folks because of the tremendous importance of exercising their rights, and blah, blah, blah.
I say gun rights advocates ought to spend their time and effort in policing their own, in educating their own. It is from among their own that these problems arise. All we hear in response is some form of writing off the offenders as being from the "other side."
What's your opinion? Do you think the vast majority of gun owners is responsible and careful and well trained and intelligent enough to safely manage guns? I don't. This case in Florida, although just one story, is an example of your typical gun owners. The gun bloggers who continually claim to be so responsible, which I believe is the truth, are the exception to the rule, not the rule.
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