Friday, June 20, 2014

New Dad Killed By Stray Bullet While Celebrating Baby's Homecoming

Charles Edward Shislerr

Huffington Post

A new father was shot and killed Tuesday night by what officials believewas an accidental shooting by a neighbor.
Steven Justin Ayers, 33, and his wife, Jessica Ayers, were celebrating the homecoming of their 3-day-old baby with family members in their home in Panama City, Florida, The News Herald reports. Around 6 p.m., a bullet hit Ayers in the back of the head. He died on the spot.
Deputies believe the bullet came from a handgun fired by 62-year-old Charles Edward Shislerr whose home is directly behind Ayers', according to the Jackson County Floridian.
Shisler allegedly told deputies that he fired the gun accidentally while trying to pick it up by the trigger.
“The damn gun doesn’t usually shoot," he said, according to an arrest report obtained by The News-Herald. “You have to squeeze the hell out of the trigger to shoot it.”
He was charged with manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to WMBB. His felon status stems from a 2006 conviction for carrying a concealed firearm.
A fascinating case, which prompts several questions.  One, what happened to his face? Two, who picks a gun up by the trigger?  How can you even do that? And three, was carrying a concealed weapon without a license a felony?
Of course, the other question which applies to all the cases in which a prohibited person misbehaves with a gun is, where did he get it?  Who was the last lawful owner of that particular gun and how did he lose possession of it?


  1. This is a particularly sad and poignant story.

    However, every child of God that is killed by a stray bullet, unintentional or otherwise is an equal tragedy to someone.

    The real tragedy is that such a large proportion of the population of the U.S. has fallen victim to such an outrageous notion as worship of the firearm.

    When I was a kid, the main thing on your mind was getting some female attention. If you couldn't do that, you did your best to have a good time with other like-minded friends, both male and female.

    Nobody pulled out a brand new gun and just started playing with it like a complete fool unless you are talking about the early white supremacist movement. Guns are for killing people. They were invented in dangerous times of great warfare and conflict. People that play around with guns in a prosperous country such as ours have no sense of God, country or decency.

  2. When were you a kid?

    1. I was born in 1953. I think Flying Junior is about my same age.

    2. Those were the days of Westerns and Western heroes and every kid had a six shooter, cowboy hat, and cowboy boots. I think it's that upbringing from your same generation (boomers) that instilled the gun as a weapon of power and fear that solved all problems. It helped create a gun culture.

    3. Well, that's only part of the explanation. Most baby boomers did not grow up to be gun rights fanatics.

  3. "One, what happened to his face?"

    My guess is that he didn't follow the "suggestions" in Chris Rock's video, How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked By The Police.

    "When initially confronted about the shooting by deputies, Shisler said “it was fireworks, an M80,” according to the BCSO arrest report. The defendant, whose behavior was described as “extremely belligerent” was arrested and placed in a patrol car and questioned. At that point, the report says Shisler admitted to firing a 9mm gun, but said that it was an accident. He also told deputies that he put the gun under his mattress."

    1. But aren't you concerned about my other point, that guys like this are so easily getting their hands on guns that used to belong to law abiding citizens like you?