Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Accidental Shooting of Iowa Man by 4-Year-old Son - Man Fined

Local news reports

A Mason City man who was accidentally shot in a leg by his 4-year-old son has been fined $625.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that 29-year-old Christopher Upenieks had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment after prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of allowing a minor access to a loaded firearm.

Upenieks was shot in his left knee Feb. 27 when his son found an unsecured handgun in his dad's truck and the gun fired.

Upenieks was in his truck when police arrived. Police say he had a valid permit to carry a gun.
So, a guy who proved himself to be incredibly irresponsible with a gun receives a small fine and keeps his gun rights, is that what this means?  Does that sound right to you?

Please leave a comment.

6 comments:

  1. I'd say that suffering his own Battle of Wounded Knee is enough, since no one else was injured. That's not a lesson that he's soon to forget.

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    1. Not enough. Loss of gun rights is the appropriate punishment.

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    2. Why are you so vindictive?

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    3. That's not vindictive, that's appropriate for a person who has proven himself unfit.

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  2. I agree with Greg, thats a tough lesson to forget. Besides, it's quite easy to underestimate what a four year old is capable of getting into. If you haven't spent time with one for awhile, I suggest you try it. It's incredible what they can get into and how little time is required. No one is less likely to make a similar mistake again than that guy. Quit being so critical.

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    1. Why do you guys always want to give a pass to idiots like this? Is it so you can receive the same consideration when you fuck up?

      What's wrong with holding people accountable for their behavior?

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