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Tragic accidental shooting

A tragic story in my local news:

2 boys home alone playing with a gun, one of them killed.  It wasn't even loaded when they found it.  Be careful out there folks, it seems that kids are sometimes not as savvy as they think:

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/15f3bb235ba14da59d7e8aaa27ab3ac7/NY--Boy_Shot/

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something to think about

Mike, not a really uplifting story there, but as gun owners all of us should think about. We as gun owners have a responsibility to safeguard not only our firearms but our familes as well. I doubt there's a person reading this that does not have at least one firearm in their home.

Always remember that along with that gun came a responsibility to not allow it to harm a loved one or visitor in our home. I am ALL for keeping a gun to safeguard a family and loved ones, but do all you can to not allow this traagic circumstance to happen to your family.

Not something to make me smile here, but something to keep me thinking and worrying, and in this case, that's a good thing!

Thanks!

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My oldest boy is now 4 years

My oldest boy is now 4 years old, and all about hunting.  I just asked for gift certificates to Lowes so that I can get a gun safe, cause it's time.

Definately pays to be safe.

Sad story for sure.

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Yeah my little biy is also 4

Yeah my little biy is also 4 years old and it all about hunting and shooting.  We keep all the guns locked up and the ammo where he cannot get to it.  We also just bought him a Diamond Nuclear ice bow and we even keep that out of his reach. 

With a very sad story like this, we should all use it as a reminder to keep all thiing like this out of reach off all our kids..no matter what age.

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new safe for me too

No not an uplifting story at all, but a reminder to be safe.  Just this morning the radio told about a guy in Vermont that was cleaning his muzzle loader and shot himself.  How you ask?  I know it sounds impossible doesn’t it?  He was working on his muzzle loader and bumped his gun cabinet where he had a loaded revolver sitting on the shelf.  The revolver fell and hit the hammer (I don’t know if it was cocked or dropped).  The end result was that the revolver discharged and the projectile hit him in the abdomen.  He’ll live but was hospitalized. 

 

You are right on track.  My son is fourteen and I literally trust him with my life around firearms.  But his friends do not fall into the same category.  My grand dad used to say, one boy to help a man is worth half a man.  Two boys to help, is no help at all.  Two kids home alone is a recipe for trouble in my opinion!

 

So Santa brought me a gun safe this Christmas.  It doesn’t quite hold all of my guns, but I think I may need to rearrange that.  The ammunition can go in another locking cabinet instead of inside the safe, and if they still don’t fit I’ll either need to sell something or maybe just buy another safe!

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Yeah Mike, it's the same

Yeah Mike, it's the same article I posted yesterday, and you already commented on.... lol

Just messing with you..... Wink

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Yes and no

Ca_Vermonster wrote:

Yeah Mike, it's the same article I posted yesterday, and you already commented on.... lol

Just messing with you..... Wink

 

Yep - there is this one about the guy shooting himself, but that's a different story entirely from the link that I posted from Wilton NY.

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20101228/NEWS02/101228012/Tinmouth-man-accidentally-wounded-by-own-weapon

 

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Yeah, I know the original

Yeah, I know the original post was about the 2 boys and the shooting.  But I was referring to your post later where you referenced the article in the free press about the gun falling out and shooting the guy in the stomach.  I was just making light of the fact that I had already posted that story yesterday, and you even commented on it.

http://www.biggamehunt.net/forum/dont-leave-guns-loaded

Like I said, I was just messing with you and it's all good..... Thumbs up

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Tragic accidental shooting

I grew up with a house full of guns, and half of them were loaded.  We never thought about messing with them.  But as time has passed I realize how stupid that was.  I've always kept my firearms locked up because I don't like taking any chances.  But my Dad's lackadaisical attitude has come full circle.  Mom now has some serious dementia issues (recently ate her hearing aids), and what did I find in her closet this summer?  A loaded .357, 12 gauge, .22, etc.  I immediately unloaded everything and gave Dad an earful.

The problem with common sense is that it's remarkably uncommon.

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very sad

Very sad to hear about stuff like this.  Sadly it's the occasional story like these that only seem to make the news.  Of all the incidents that occure every year where guns stop a crime or protect a would-be victim, it's only the tragic stuff about guns we hear about.  I too grew up like Expatriate with guns in the home and no safe, though my parents never kept any of them loaded in the house.  Many of my friends did as well and some of their parent's guns were loaded.  Somehow we just knew better than to mess with guns when no adult was around.  We were just lucky that's all.  All it takes is one bad decision one day.  Sad.

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Safety First

When I was growing up my dad always kept his ammo in a dresser drawer in one room and the guns in the back of a closet in another room.

They were all accessible, but not in close proximity to each other.

Nobody ever heard of a gun safe back then.

We just had all our kids and 10 grandkids here for Christmas, and I checked and rechecked to make sure that all the ammo was in a locked drawer away from the guns.

When you are around guns all the time it's very easy to get lazy.

Especially these days with more people carrying concealed, you've got to know that there are loaded guns around in a lot of houses.

Safety first is an old motto, but still a good one.

Prayers go out to the families of those involved in these tragic accidents.

 

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