Category Archives: Accidents

Staffer accidentally shoots himself at NRA headquarters

[We hope that this man is okay but we found it ironic that an NRA staff member participating in NRA-sponsored firearms training at the NRA headquarters accidentally shot himself. It just proves the point that guns have the potential to injure and kill people. Even people who have been trained to use them are still at risk.]

by Greg Hadley, McClatchy D.C. Bureau, philly.com, 4/8/17

Fairfax County, Virginia, police announced Friday that a 46-year-old man has suffered a minor injury and is undergoing medical treatment after he accidentally shot himself with a pistol at the headquarters of the National Rifle Association.

In its daily recap of incidents and crimes on Friday, the police department reported the accidental discharge took place at around 3:30 p.m. in the National Firearms Museum, which is based in the NRA’s Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters.

According to police, the man, an employee, was participating in firearms training at the shooting range located in the museum when he attempted to holster his pistol. As he did so, the weapon accidentally fired, injuring the man’s lower body.

read more at philly.com

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Most Shocking Statistics — The Evidence

From the “Biggest Lie” contest, CeaseFirePA

It’s true – Toddlers with guns have killed more Americans than ISIS has.

It’s true — 1.7 million kids in America live in homes where there are loaded and unlocked firearms.

It’s true – in many states, including Pennsylvania, gun deaths are overtaking deaths by automobile.

It’s true — Every 6 Hours someone is shot in Pennsylvania.

Actually, it’s worse. Every 6 hours someone is killed with a gun in Pennsylvania. And every six hours, someone is shot in Philadelphia alone.

See more about the “contenders” at CeaseFirePA

Handgun discharges, killing Press Herald columnist M.D. Harmon at his home

Sadly, here is yet another story of an improperly secured gun leading to tragic consequences for a family. In Portland Press Herald, 12/29/16

Maine State Police and Sanford police are investigating the shooting death of Portland Press Herald columnist M.D. Harmon at his home Wednesday afternoon in Sanford.

Police say Michael D. Harmon, 71, died at his home on Brunelle Avenue after a handgun he was showing to a teenage boy went off while the 16-year-old was handling it.

M.D. Harmon worked for the Portland newspapers for 41 years before retiring in 2011. Harmon, shown at top left in 1972 when he was named city editor, continued to write an opinion column for Portland Press Herald until the time of his death Wednesday in a shooting at his home.

Harmon, a steadfast defender of gun rights and a champion of conservative viewpoints, was a longtime editor and columnist for the Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. …

read more at Portland Press Herald

Suicide – the under reported Gun Violence Problem

Learn the facts:

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among teens and young adults and the 10th leading cause of death among all Americans.
On average, 4 teenagers and 118 total Americans complete suicide every day.
90% people who survive a suicide attempt do not go on to die by suicide.
Many suicide attempts occur with little planning during a short-term crisis.
50% of suicide deaths in the United States are by firearm.
Access to firearms is a risk factor for suicide.
Firearms used in youth suicide usually belong to a parent.
Reducing access to lethal means, like firearms, saves lives.
Save lives.

A gun in the home is 22x more likely to be used in a suicide, homicide, or unintentional shooting than for self defense. If there is a gun in your home:

1) Keep it unloaded and locked up or with a trigger lock. Store the bullets in a different place that is also locked.

2) Do not let children and teens have a key to the places where guns and bullets are stored.

3) If a household member becomes depressed or has severe mood swings, store the gun outside the home for the time being while you seek help!

4) Make certain to share this information with your neighbors, family, and friends. We need to all work together to protect our children!

5) States where there are more guns have a higher rate of suicide. Be sure to work with your state legislators to strengthen gun safety legislation!

6 Americans Have Been Shot by Their Dogs

By Adam Johnson, AlterNet, October 28, 2015

The ubiquity of guns in America is summed up perfectly in one depressing statistic.

dogs_gunsPhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

The always enjoyable Christopher Ingraham over at Washington Post’s Wonk Blog noticed something pretty crazy: At least six Americans over the past five years have been shot by their dogs. While generally rare, these accidents are relatively frequent in our country compared to other countries, namely due to Americans’ love of guns, hunting and dogs.

Ingraham’s investigation was in response to a recent story of an Indiana woman who was shot in the leg by her Labrador retriever, Trigger (yes, that’s the dog’s real name), who stepped on her shotgun which was laying around loaded with the safety off….

read more at AlterNet