A Wayne City teen died Sunday evening after being accidentally shot by a friend.
WFIW Radio in Fairfield reported a teen, not identified by police, was handling a semi-automatic handgun when it accidentally discharged, striking Christian Marvel in the head.
Marvel, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene by Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor.
Police said one of the teens removed the ammunition magazine from the pistol and believed it made the firearm safe to handle. The teen pulled the trigger, not realizing the pistol contained one round in the chamber. The firearm discharged, striking Marvel in the head.
An Illinois State Police detective and crime scene specialists were called to the scene to gather evidence in the case and confirm the death was accidental.
I suppose this boy never received any training or education of any kind regarding gun safety. That's the simple-minded gun-rights solution to this not-insignificant problem.
The truth is, like all the other idiot gun owners who forget there was one in the chamber, this young man is impervious to education and training. It takes a special kind of stupidity and recklessness to not only overlook the round in the chamber, but to also aim the gun at someone's head and pull the trigger.
The most amazing part of the whole story is the gun-rights fanatics who support the nonchalant attitude towards these incidents, in most cases no charges are even considered. It's disgraceful.
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