A Maryland man is facing murder charges after accidentally Second Amendmenting his friend to death while the pair was testing out a bulletproof vest. The pair recorded their adventures on video camera.
Mark Ramiro, 30, fatally shot his friend Darnell Mitchell, 28 at around 4 a.m. on Wednesday as the pair experimented with firearms and magic clothing intended to stop bullets as a third person filmed. In the video, Mitchell bragged that he was about to take a “deuce deuce,” a .22-caliber bullet, in the chest before Ramiro took his shot.
Since he is a responsible, well-trained gun owner, he missed the vest. The bullet pierced just above the protective gear. After police obtained a search warrant, they discovered a camera that contained footage of the shooting. Police say that Mitchell collapsed to the floor and Ramiro dropped his gun while the third person helped the victim of this senseless act of stupidity.
Ramiro has been charged with first and second-degree murder and handgun violations.
This incident casts doubt on claims that items like bulletproof backpacks, blankets, and whiteboards will help in the inevitable next school shooting. Claims are made that simply equipping teachers and classrooms with bulletproof items will somehow save lives, but this incident shows that no matter how much anti-ballistic gear with which we equip schools, no one is truly safe as long as we allow the gun lobby to influence the proliferation of deadly weapons.