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Story on Teen shot in Minnesota

Even though it was an accident, I don't know if I could live with myself if I shot my son.  At least he's recovering.

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very sad

We also had a case of a son, shooting his father a few years ago. Seems the gun fell, fired and killed the man. Most accidents are among people who know AND are hunting together. They are, truly unfortunate  accidents. Heck some may deaths have happened on the way home, driving. Unfortunately, these are also the cases (deaths) NONs use to try and scare others of "hunters among us" and how people should worry. 

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Wow, that is an unfortunate

Wow, that is an unfortunate event but atleast it sounds like the kid is doing well and is going to recover just fine. I would say with certainty that an incident like that would shake up the dad atleast, if not more than his son. I can not imagine what was going through that guys mind once then gun went off while pointed towards the cab. And then to have your son crawl out of the truck and get on all fours with a 12 guage slug enlodged in his back... it would not feel good, I'll tell you that much. That is pretty impressive that the slug travelled through the trucks bed, tool box, cab, seat and then into the kid. Thank god it had to go through all that or there probably would not be a happy ending to the story.

Who ever made the quote at the end about gun safety has got most of it right but the part about how, "You should always load and unload your firearms when you are not around other people" is a little strange. If you are hunting with other's, than you are forced to unload and load your firearm around them when you get to and get out of the truck. I think the standard rules of gun safety will take care of you just fine as long as they are followed.

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Tragic, and avoidable.

Firearms accidents (incidents?) like that are tragic - but almost always avoidable.

Always keeping the muzzle pointed away from people is obviously the key.

Even if a firearm should accidentally fire, it won't hurt anyone unless it's pointed at them.

I know of two such accidents myself that happened many years ago.

(1) was self-inflicted by the father of a friend who had the habit of putting his loaded shotgun in the back seat as he drove from field to field hunting for pheasants.

Drive to a field, grab the gun out of the back seat, hunt the field, put the gun back, drive to next field and repeat.

One time as he pulled the loaded 12 gauge toward himself, the trigger caught on a coat hanger that had been tossed in there with some other junk and he blew off his own leg.

(2) was by a young boy who had a new rifle that had a defect that had not yet been detected.

 A certain number of this particular rifle would sometimes fire under specific conditions: if the safety was on and the trigger had been pulled, it would sometimes fire when the safety was released.

 The boy was walking behind his dad and was pulling the trigger absent-mindedly. Further on, he took the safety off "just for practice" and the rifle fired, killing his dad.

 Again, in both cases, no one would have been hurt if the muzzle was pointed in a safe direction.

Fathers, teach your children.

 

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Accident or incident - both

Accident or incident - both are a true shame and cast a pall over our sport.

This just goes to show you that we can not be too careful.

I cannot tell you how many transmissions are shot and killed each year (not to make fun of this story at all) from folks that lean into the cab of the pick up to load the gun - and allow it to go off...

With all of the information and safety campaigns that are out there today - I think the numbers of these incidents are down - particularly when you consider it from a percentage of folks that hunt...

My point is if you took the numbers of hunters from say - 1960 and divided it by the numbers of accident - and then compared today, I would say (think??) that the percentages are less now.

I usually think of these incidents in two categories...

Accidental discharges - typically close range - are wickedly deadly.

Persons shot while hunting - can be as wickedly deadly - but they seem to be the lesser of the evils, if there is such a thing.

Thank God the young man seems to be doing well - he really seems to have his head screwed on straight about it.

Imagine the poor father... while he screwed up (and he did, royally) imagine of the kid had perished...

Thank God, again, for happy endings!

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scary

That's a possibility I don't even want to think about.  It's scary scary stuff.  Thank God indeed. 

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