Authorities say a 62-year-old man has died after accidentally shooting himself at a West Columbia shooting range.
Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman said Jerry Marsh III of Columbia was taking his .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun apart around 7 p.m. Thursday at Shooter's Choice when it fired, striking him in the chest.
Authorities say Marsh died a short time later at the hospital.
First of all, the gun did not fire. "When it fired" is misleading. The man was so unsafe in the handling of his gun that it's frightening. Forgetting there's a round in the chamber is bad enough, but then he pointed the gun at his chest and pulled the trigger, these are essentially the mistakes he made. And he paid the ultimate price.
Does anyone really believe these were his first violations of safety rules ever? I don't. That's why taking gun misuse more seriously is so important. One strike you're out would weed out many of these dangerous people and save lives, sometimes their own.
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