Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Accidental Shooting of South Carolina Man at Gun Range by Himself - He's Dead

The man who accidentally shot himself at Trader World Gun Shop has died of his injuries.

Around 5 p.m. on Monday North Charleston police responded to the gun shop's range located on Cross County Road.

The victim has been identified by the Charleston County Coroner's Office as 60-year-old Benny Patterson of North Charleston. He died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Witnesses told police that the Patterson was shooting on a lane when he stopped to inspect the weapon. He turned the handgun toward himself and then it discharged, striking him.
What do you think? Lawful gun owners are supposed to be responsible, that's what they keep telling us. The problem is many of them are not.

Please leave a comment.


  1. That's the problme, mikeb302000, the "lawful" part. If they wuzn't no gunzlawz, they wouldn't be no law'bidin' and crimnul gunzloonz, just gunzloonz.

    I'm glad that in this case we don't have to wait for all the evidence to come in before we conclude that this guy was stupid--at least when it came to teh gunz.

  2. Will you be lighting a candle for him?

  3. You have a law that will protect people from their own stupidity?

  4. "You have a law that will protect people from their own stupidity?"

    I'm never sure who Greg Camp is talking to or, often, wtf he's talking about (that makes two of us, at least), but I'll take a stab at answering his question--if that's what it is.

    It's not HIM that we're concerned about, genius, it's the rest of humanity. I really don't have a problem with you or anyone like you putting your gun in your mouth and reducing the "onboard" quantity by one. It's the collateral damage of actual, thinking humans being injured or killed that concerns me.

    1. Since Mikeb wrote the article, it's logical to assume that I was addressing him. But once again, you've demonstrated that you don't hold all human life as equally valuable. If someone disagrees with you, that person is worthy of death, in your opinion.

      By contrast, I value human life. I recognize that in some cases, killing is the appropriate response, but only when the person in question is actively trying to harm innocents or when the person has committed crimes that go well beyond the pale. I certainly do not relish the death of someone who merely disagrees with me.

  5. Dumb. For once I agree with Greg: you can't regulate stupidity. However, it has been suggested that many models of guns be required to have an indicator of when they are loaded, which might have made a difference here.