A glass display case shattered, but fortunately no one was hurt when a handgun was accidentally fired at a crowded gun show in Fond du Lac.I couldn't help but notice that the first mention of the incident was accurate: "a handgun was accidentally fired." Of course you could argue about the "accidentally" part, but I'm talking about the correct use of the "it was fired" idea.
Police say a man was showing the gun to a vendor at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo building during the weekend when it fired. Capt. Mat Mueller says the bullet could easily have struck someone.
Mueller tells The Reporter that everyone carrying a weapon is required to have it checked at the door to make sure it doesn't contain ammunition. He says the man who fired the gun bypassed the security check.
He was cited for firing a weapon in the city.
The second mention goes back to the usual sloppy description that takes all the responsibility away from the guy who pulled the trigger and places in squarely on the gun. "when it fired."
Now, this trickery is especially humorous because the pro-gun voices are continually telling the gun control people that the gun is just a tool and we should stop focusing on it and look at the people who use or misuse it. In these cases though, they love to take the focus off the shooter and put it right on the gun, "it fired."
But the best thing is the final line:
You don't need to know anything about Wisconsin law to know that we're talking about a slap on the wrist misdemeanor, which might be bargained down from there. And this upstanding citizen who fired a gun in a crowded room will continue to do his thing.He was cited for firing a weapon in the city.
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