Thursday, November 6, 2014

Michigan Man Injured by Dropped Rifle - No Charges

Local news reports

St. Joseph County deputies are investigating what they're calling an accidental shooting.

They say a 56-year-old man was working on a tractor in the area of Wing Road in Leonidas Township, when a loaded .22 caliber rifle fell off one of the tractor tires.

When the rifle hit the ground, it discharged, shooting the victim in the ankle.

The victim was taken to the hospital.

Right now, deputies do not suspect foul play or believe that alcohol or drugs were factors.


No foul play, no alcohol, no drugs, just bumbling stupidity and the failure to safely handle a weapon.  

No problem.

20 comments:

  1. Not "no problem"--no crime. Not all ankle injuries, problematical as they may be, are crimes, Mikeb.

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    1. But, placing a loaded rifle with no safety in such a way that it falls and fires should be. It's called common sense gun safety and it should be mandatory.

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    2. Why? Do you think getting shot was not enough of a deterrent, but the consequences of being found in violation of some bullshit "common sense gun safety" law would be?

      Call me very skeptical.

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    3. Kurt, unlike you, most gun owners are truly law-abiding and if there were such a law, most would adhere to it. Lives would be saved. If every act of irresponsibility resulted only in the irresponsible idiot himself getting hurt, that would be nice, but it's not like that is it?

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    4. Kurt, unlike you, most gun owners are truly law-abiding . . .

      If gun laws in the U.S. ever become a tenth as oppressive as you demand, I suspect that would change in a big hurry.

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    5. Not hardly criminal. Unlike you most Americans are well aware of the legal process they need to use to get rid of laws they don't want.

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  2. Gee, another dropped gun goes off. This time a rifle. Maybe that rifle was OLD.

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    1. Its interesting that you take the gun owner's word as gospel in these situations, but not in instances where they are defending themselves. Why is that?

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    2. ????
      What the hell are you blabbering about. It's another news report. Tell us again how dropped guns cannot go off. HA HA HA HA HA

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    3. Well, what do you think happened, ss?

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    4. "What the hell are you blabbering about. It's another news report."

      Well Anon, where do you think the person who wrote the article got the information? The police? Where do you suppose they got the information? The injured guy.
      Think they sent the crime lab guys out there? Not likely. So, as I said, you seem quite comfortable in taking the gun owner's word as the truth in these situations. But not when a gun owner is defending themselves.

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    5. "Well, what do you think happened, ss?"

      No idea Mike. I tend to default to the finger on the trigger syndrome. When people mess up, they often try to somehow distance themselves from the event. You've mentioned it before in what you call the passive voice.
      In situations such as this, irregardless of what the guy said, he received immediate negative feedback in the form of a bullet in the ankle. He gets a hefty fine also in the form of medical bills. And he'll get reminders for years when people bring up the event at family holidays and such.

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    6. Quite correct SS, they lie. Something you know a lot about. So was this an old rifle SS? You said only old guns can go off when dropped, that new guns can't go off when dropped. You must get tired of being proven wrong, like the recall vote in Colorado.

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    7. "Quite correct SS, they lie."

      I might faint Anon, you actually agreed with me. So if they sometimes lie, my suggestion that its more likely that it went off because someone's finger was on the trigger is quite possible.

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    8. "You must get tired of being proven wrong, like the recall vote in Colorado."

      Where did you get information that the gun is new/modern?

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    9. Right, TS, another old gun.

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    10. Why not? Guns last 100+ years, there are many old guns in circulation. Half my guns are early 20th century, including the .22lr bolt action rifle of mine that did have that problem.

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    11. Mike has posted MANY dropped guns going off stories. I don't believe all of them were actually finger on the trigger syndrome, or were all old guns. Which flies in the face of what SS and other gun loons say. You guys will have to come up with other excuses which are actually rational and believable.

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    12. You don't have to believe it, but it's kind of silly to say your beliefs fly in the face of what we say with no evidence to support your beliefs. You may also believe the sun revolves around the earth, and that would also fly in the face of what I say.

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    13. TS, it's time for you to provide some evidence about what percentage of guns in the US are "old." Otherwise, you're doing just what you're criticizing anonymous of. And you know what that's called.

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