Accidents Happen


4 injured after firearms go off at N.C., Indiana gun shows

Raleigh yesterday:

CNN reports:

Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, a man walking out of the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show shot himself in the hand as he was loading his .45-caliber semi-automatic firearm, Indiana State Police said in a statement.

UPDATE: Oh yeah, NSFW.

Lesson learned!


  1. trifecta says:

    I like to think of yesterday more as EMT gun shot wound training day.

  2. Tom Sullivan says:

    I’ve been that EMT.

  3. RHS says:

    When guns are outlawed only outlaws will accidentally shoot bystanders at gun shows.

  4. Doug Gibson says:

    Actually, I think we’ve uncovered the NRA’s strategy: mutually assured self-destruction.

  5. Davyne Dial says:

    Jeez, I don’t understand. With all the armed people in the facility how this could possibly have been allowed to happen. Follow me here please, according to WLP of the NRS, only armed good guys can stop armed bad guys …so how’d this happen?????

  6. Tom Sullivan says:

    Gaius Publius @Gaius_Publius

    Via @cliffschecter : “I am just sad there were no good guys with guns at the gun show to stop bad guys with guns at the gun show…”

  7. Davyne Dial says:

    NRA, not NRS.^^^

  8. This shooting, the one tomorrow, the 20 children shot in last month’s massacre and the 20 children shot in next month’s massacre (just so long as they aren’t my children), etc. etc, etc… these are just the sad unavoidable collateral damage in my right to play pretend-warrior in the fantasy patriot league.

    Yee-Haw!!! I’m a man!!! Oh s*** – I shot my foot off!!!

  9. Andrew Dahm says:

    I blame Warner Bros. cartoons.

  10. TJ says:

    And, these are the clowns, like the SC representative, who want to start offering gun training classes in the public schools. After all, he says, it’s tied to history, and, another way to bring kids back to the roots of our founding fathers. That must be the same “Christian” founding fathers who said religion was a bad influence (I can find their exact quotes, if I must)…the same ones who came to escape the tyranny in England, and, that gave right wingers the freedom to say (despite our own immigration here), that we should not recognize illegal immigrants these days.

    It’s funny how the rules are good for some, and, not for others.

    Or, I wonder if the next Tea Party meeting in Arden would be cool with me bringing a big group of Occupiers, equipped with semi-automatic guns, to sit with them during their meeting. After all, ALL citizens should be able to bear arms, right?

    We will just sit and observe their wide-eyed stares, and, see how long it takes th to call the police to come be sure all the Occupiers are not high on drugs or something. After all, what law-abiding citizen would proudly display their weapons…outside a gun show?

  11. TJ says:

    The only catch is, I’ll have to ask some of my conservative brethren if we can borrow a few of their weapons for our little experiment.

    Somehow, I think they will rationalize how SOME citizens, even without criminal records, should NOT hold a gun.

  12. Tom Sullivan says:

    Bogus, Carl T., THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT, University of California at Davis Law Review, 1998.

    Most militiamen were not even good shots.[168] We think of men as having grown up with guns in colonial America.[169] We assume they were sharpshooters by necessity. Did not men have to become proficient with muskets to protect themselves from ruffians and Indians or to hunt to put food on the table? Contrary to myth, the answer, in the main, is no. In reality, few Americans owned guns.[170] When Michael A. Bellesiles reviewed more than a thousand probate records from frontier areas of northern New England and western Pennsylvania for the years 1765 to 1790, he found that although the records were so detailed that they listed items as small as broken cups, only fourteen percent of the household inventories included firearms and [Page 342] fifty-three percent of those guns were listed as not working.[171] In addition, few Americans hunted. Bellesiles writes: “From the time of the earliest colonial settlements, frontier families had relied on Indians or professional hunters for wild game, and the colonial assemblies regulated all forms of hunting, as did Britain’s Parliament.”[172]

  13. Pittsburgh
    May 17, 2005
    A man was shot at a gun show.

    April 4, 2008
    Gun accidentally fired at Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms show, no one injured.

    Westfield, MA
    Oct. 27 2008
    Eight year old boy killed at gun show.

    Salem, VA
    July 18, 2009
    Man wounded by discharge of antique rifle.

    Melbourne, FL
    Jan. 3, 2010
    Man shot at gun show.

    March 27, 2010
    Man shot at gun show.

    July 7, 2010
    Two men wounded at the Florida Gun Show.

    Gray, TN
    Feb. 12, 2011
    Man shot at gun show.

    Bloomington, IL
    Feb. 28, 2011
    Two men shot at gun show.

    Evansville, IN
    April 9, 2011
    Two men shot at gun show.

    Savannah, GA
    Feb. 6, 2012
    Man shoots self in leg at gun show.

    Carson, WA
    June 2, 2012
    Off duty Skamania County Sheriff’s Deputy shoots self at gun show.

    Charlotte, NC
    August 19, 2012
    Dealer shoots himself in the hand at Dixie Gun and Knife Show.

    Tupelo, MI
    Oct. 13, 2012
    Four year old child and man injured by gunfire at gun show.

    Rock Springs, WY
    Jan. 18 2013
    Woman injured by accidental firearm discharge.

    Jan. 19, 2013
    Man shoots self in hand at gun show.

    Jan. 19 2013
    Discharged weapon injures three at Dixie Gun and Knife Show.

    Medina, OH
    Jan. 19 2013
    One man injured by accidental gun fire at gun show.

  14. Hmm. Do I detect a pattern here?

  15. TJ says:

    Yeah, but, I thought someone on FB already said it was a suspicious conspiracy.

  16. Tom Sullivan says:

    You do detect a pattern, Cecil. A pattern of negligence. Negligence by self-described gun “experts” (like the “responsible” gun owner in the video) who will dismiss you as a know-nothing, anti-gun crank if you refer to a magazine as a clip or a semi-auto AR-15 as an assault rifle. The kind who videotapes himself fast-drawing with a cocked, single-action automatic and winds up shooting himself in the leg.

    These are not accidents. The guns just don’t “go off.” The owners are negligent. A vet I know (with a sliver star) refuses to go to gun shows. Too many yahoos with no muzzle discipline carelessly waving “unloaded” guns around.

  17. Davyne Dial says:

    Pro gun people refuse to admit that you cannot be vigilent all the time.

  18. Here’s the “I shot myself” guy a year later….

    He’s…either drunk in this one….or something.

  19. Ha ha ha ha… Whatta maroon. I left it on even though I lost interest after the first 20 seconds, otherwise I wouldn’t have caught the end. HIs only regrets are A) that he didn’t go ahead & keep shooting at the target after having shot himself, and B) that he didn’t grab the camera and document himself as he treated his wound. Really Bubba? Those are your only regrets from that day?

    He then goes on to praise the NRA. They must be very proud.

  20. TJ says:

    Another proud moment for gun supporters…

    Another citizen exercising his right to bear arms.

    “God-given” don’t you know!?

    Where’s THAT commandment? Must have been added when Moses” left office.”

    News story this am, an Alabama man, 65, shot a bus driver, who has died, and a 6 year old, special needs student, is now his hostage.He is in a bunker he made, and, may have enough supplies to last months.
    I wonder if the pro-gun folks will use that as an ad? “if only the 6 year old had a gun…and, surely, the bus driver!” Let’s just arm the whole damn school!

  21. Pete Kaliner says:

    Schadenfreude Quota: Achieved

    Snark Quota: Achieved

  22. Jason Bugg says:

    Pie eating: Kalinered.

  23. TJ says:


    The gunman/kidnapper has enough supplies to last weeks, not months.

    Not that it matters to a terrified child, or the parents.

    Meanwhile, politicians arguing against universal background checks because criminals won’t cooperate with it. I guess we’ll start asking criminals what they are willing to do before we set laws to guide our social structure.