The news is full of stories about guns, gun owners and gun fanatics ranting about their rights that are allegedly being threatened or violated. I have no problem with responsible gun ownership, but unfortunately there are way too many stories out there about gun owners proving to be anything but responsible. From the internet archive, here are 10 stories — some funny, some not and in no particular order — about people and their guns.
Top 10 epic gun fails of 2014.
10. When Nature Calls
In June, a Camden County detective accidentally shot himself while using the bathroom in his office. He was about to sit down to answer nature’s call when his gun fired, hitting him in the leg. A spokesman for the Camden police said that the gun was unholstered when it went off. The detective was taken to Cooper University Hospital, where he underwent surgery to treat his injury. He is “expected to be alright.”
9. Dying to Make A Sale?
In May of this year a Dyersburg, Tennessee gun store employee shot himself in the hand when he forgot to make sure a customer’s gun was fully unloaded. According to local authorities the 69-year-old employee removed the gun’s magazine but did not check the chamber to make sure that it was empty. He had his hand over the gun barrel when it went off.
h/t: State Gazette
8. Targeted Selling Takes On A Whole New Meaning
In May of this year gun show dealer Geoffrey Hawk, 44, lost a sale when he accidentally shot his customer with the .380 semiautomatic pistol he was showing her. Hawk didn’t check the gun before showing it and so was unaware that a single round was in the chamber – it went off while he was showing off its features. Other vendors at the show noted that it is common practice to use plastic replicas when demonstrating guns. Thanks to Hawk’s break with convention one woman got a little more bang for her buck than she was expecting.
h/t: Washington Post
7. Always Check The Chamber
In March a Pennsylvania State Trooper accidentally shot and killed his pregnant wife as he was cleaning his .45 caliber hand gun. According to police reports the officer, not realizing that his gun was loaded, pulled the trigger as he was taking it apart for cleaning. The gun went off, severely wounding his wife who died of her injuries at Mercy Suburban Hospital. Doctors attempted to perform an emergency c-section, but the child did not survive. The couple has two other young children who were home at the time of the shooting but were unharmed.
6. Age Doesn’t Always Mean Wisdom
In January of this year a 70-year-old man in Wichita, KS was taken into custody after accidentally shooting a 10-year-old child in the face. Police say the man was showing off his gun to two young kids when it went off. One child was hit, the other unharmed. The injured child was treated and released from the hospital.
In June, a woman in Florida accidentally shot herself during a marksmanship competition at the Volusia County Gun and Hunt club. Siegried Betterly, 40, was injured while holstering her 9 mm handgun. She accidentally touched the trigger, firing the gun and hitting herself in the leg. Betterly was taken to Halifax Medical Center for treatment.
4. Doing Shots Takes On A Whole New Meaning
One of New York’s Finest really screwed up this time. In April a long Island detective got drunk while on duty and shot his own partner. Reports say that Detective Jay Poggi, 58, was showing his partner, Detective Matthew Sullivan, a gun when it went off hitting him in the wrist. Poggi then drove his wounded partner to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Once there, his bloodshot eyes prompted a breathalyzer test – he registered a .113, well above the legal limit of .08.
3. Shoot Me Once Shame On You, Shoot Me Twice Shame On Me
In January a Connersville, Ind. police chief accidentally shot himself in the leg while shopping at a local gun store. Chief David Counceller took out his 40-caliber Glock hand gun to compare it to newer models in the store. When he tried to holster his weapon it caught on his jacket and went off, shooting him in the leg. Strangely this is not the first time Counceller has shot himself. About 15 years ago he was unloading his gun to take it for repairs but did not check the chamber to make sure it was empty. The gun went off and hit him in the hand. “That one really hurt,” said Counceller.
h/t: Talking Points Memo
2. Bloody Son Day
In early March, the 12-year-old son of two Oakland, CA police officers accidentally shot himself in the arm. His mother, who was home at the time, called the shooting in to 911. The boy was taken to Children’s Hospital Oakland where he was treated and released. Investigating officers would not say who the gun belonged to or how the boy got hold of it.
1. Some Learn The Hard Way
In June, a 47-year-old man in Saginaw, MI accidentally shot himself in the foot while intoxicated. Local police arrived on the scene and took the victim to the hospital for treatment. “It should go without saying that you should not handle firearms without proper training, and you should never handle firearms while drinking alcohol,” said responding officer, Detective Sgt. Reggie Williams. “I guess some people learn the hard way.”
Honorable mentions – epic gun fails from 2013.
These next three gun fails took place last year, but they were epic enough to receive honorable mentions:
3. DEA Agent Shoots Self During Safety Presentation
One of the best known gun fails is that of DEA Agent Lee Paige, who in April 2004 shot himself in the leg during a safety presentation.
“I’m the only one in this room professional enough that I know of, to carry this Glock 40,” said Paige. A few seconds later he was bleeding from a self-inflicted thigh wound. Video of the event made its way to YouTube and has been circulating around the Internet ever since. Paige filed a lawsuit against the DEA claiming that his former employer “improperly, illegally, willfully and/or intentionally” allowed the tape to be distributed. As a result he has been the “target of jokes, derision, ridicule, and disparaging comments” everywhere he goes.
2. The Showdown
It’s a classic scene in movies. The gunman is standing close behind his hostage making the good guy’s shot an almost impossible one. In the movies the good guy rolls the dice and takes the shot, kills the bad guy and saves the hostage.
Unfortunately in the case of Hofstra University student Andrea Rebello, life did not imitate art. In May 2013, Rebello was taken hostage by a masked home intruder who was holding her at gunpoint when Long Island police entered her house. According to reports the intruder had Rebello in a headlock when he pointed a gun at the police. Both Rebello and her captor were shot dead when a Nassau County detective fired eight shots at the masked man – seven shots hit the intruder, one struck Rebello in the head.
1. Would You Like Fries With That Shot?
In February 2013 a woman in Bend, OR accidentally shot her husband while dining at a local McDonald’s. According to police, Richard Lee Cooper, 47, and Barbara Annette Masters, 48, were enjoying a meal together when Masters’ 22-caliber Derringer pistol fell out of her pocket. It hit the floor and went off, hitting Cooper in the stomach. He was rushed to St. Charles-Bend Hospital. Masters was charged with assault and reckless endangerment.
h/t: Fox12 Oregon