Monday, January 28, 2013

Accidental Shootings at Gun Shows

The Des Moines Register reports:
An Iowa gun dealer was hospitalized after he accidentally shot himself in the hand before a gun show Friday afternoon at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The 54-year-old St. Charles resident told police he was showing off a .25 caliber pistol he thought was unloaded when he slid the action of the gun causing it to fire. The bullet went through his left palm, according to a Polk County Sheriff’s report.
Writing on Taylor Marsh, Joyce Arnold asks, seeing as how this is the 4th accidental shooting at a gun show since Gun Appreciation Day:

Question: I wonder if things like this happen regularly, or is it just being reported now, because of the actual, deadly mass shootings forcing attention?


  1. Look at the number of gun shows that happen in a year and the number of people who attend them. If you're honest, you'll see that accidents or negligence or whatever term you wish to use are rare. Control freaks love to use events at the margins to work their whims.

  2. And you, Greg, love to minimalize any tragedy. Don't want them gunzzz to look bad.

    1. I minimize nothing. I know the numbers as well as you. Fractions of one percent don't justify onerous laws that will affect every legal gun owner.

  3. I suspect that there is additional scrutiny in reporting. I also suspect that some of these people have little firearms training or experience and are rushing out to buy guns before they become illegal/expensive. Both of these are only a hunch.

    BTW, a firearm does not go off via "sliding the action", this guy is mistaken or, more likely, lying and did several unsafe things regardless. The media often report nonsense like this. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of gun control, this kind of misinformation is unfortunate.