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Five Injured In Accidental Gun Show Shootings On ‘Gun Appreciation Day’

8:07 pm - 01/19/2013
As gun rights activists celebrated the turnout at gun shows for national Gun Appreciation Day Saturday, police responded to at least thee accidental shootings that left five people injured at shows across the country.

• In Indianapolis, a man shot himself when his gun went off outside a gun show. From WISH-TV:

A person who was loading a gun outside of the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show at the State Fairgrounds was accidentally shot when his gun discharged Saturday afternoon. ... The man, identified as Emory L. Cozee, 54, was walking back to his car, was loading his .45 caliber semi-automatic and accidentally shot himself in the hand, [police said.]

• In Raleigh, N.C., three people were injured when a shotgun went off at a gun show there. From the News & Observer:

A 12-gauge shotgun discharged shortly after 1 p.m. as its owner unzipped its case on a table for a security officer to check it at a security entrance at the Dixie Gun & Knife Show, according to Joel Keith, police chief of the state Agriculture Department. Keith said birdshot pellets hit Janet Hoover, 54, of Benson, in the right torso; Linwood Hester, 50, of Durham, in the right hand; and Jake Alderman, a retired Wake County sheriff’s deputy from Wake Forest, in the left hand. Hoover and Hester were taken to WakeMed, but officials said their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

• In Ohio, a dealer at a gun show accidentally fired a gun, induring one. From WJW-TV:

Jim Conrad, event organizer, said there were about 200 people there at the time, and they heard one gun shot. Conrad said a visitor to the event had handed an exhibitor his gun to look at. It apparently was loaded, and while the exhibitor was looking at the gun, it accidentally went off, hitting another man in the arm.

Meanwhile, gun rights advocates touted Gun Appreciation Day -- which was organized to oppose efforts in Washington, D.C. to pass new gun regulations after Newtown -- as a success. Dave Workman, a former NRA board member, wrote that gun rights activists in Washington state showed up in big numbers at a gun show in Puyallup and a rally in Olympia.

"Among many of these gun owners is a newfound activism, ignited by the gun prohibition rhetoric over the past month, and stoked by the president’s remarks earlier in the week," he wrote.


I'm not on my computer so I'm relying on all of you to gif this in my stead.
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alryssa 20th-Jan-2013 01:09 am (UTC)
So-called 'responsible' gun owners, ladies and gentlemen.

jettakd 20th-Jan-2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
The thing is, accidents like this *can* happen to even responsible people. That's what makes crying to arm unexperienced people all the more terrifying.
beetlebums 20th-Jan-2013 01:24 am (UTC)
lamardeuse 20th-Jan-2013 01:26 am (UTC)
I described these incidents to a friend who owns guns, and he was boggling - all these incidents are complete bonehead errors that show the owners of the weapons know absolutely dick all about safe gun handling.
idemandjustice 20th-Jan-2013 03:07 am (UTC)
My thoughts as well. How can people be so passionate about something they don't fucking know anything about?
theguindo 20th-Jan-2013 01:26 am (UTC)
bonesnapdeez 20th-Jan-2013 01:41 am (UTC)
I need a gun to protect myself from my other gun.
skittish_derby 20th-Jan-2013 01:26 am (UTC)
How is this not the onion?
kaelstra 20th-Jan-2013 03:29 am (UTC)
Because this is America
sandstorm 20th-Jan-2013 01:27 am (UTC)
I saw pro gun activity outside of Chick-Fil-A today...wonder if they know about this.
bonesnapdeez 20th-Jan-2013 01:40 am (UTC)
Makes sense. Gun nuts and homophobes tend to run in the same circles.
layweed 20th-Jan-2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Idk, I think it's quite fitting. Like shooting oneself in the foot.

eta: I do hope that none of those injured were innocent bystanders. I can't say I care as much if they were fellow GUNS GUNS GUNS nutters.

Edited at 2013-01-20 01:30 am (UTC)
ragnor144 20th-Jan-2013 01:37 pm (UTC)
From another post, but it may not have been at an appreciation event:

In Tupelo, MI, an accidental discharge grazed one man and injured a four year-old child with bullet fragments after hitting a wall.
kalikahuntress 20th-Jan-2013 01:30 am (UTC)
I keep on hoping this was the Onion but nope, all real. Wow.

Edited at 2013-01-20 01:31 am (UTC)
bmh4d0k3n 20th-Jan-2013 01:41 am (UTC)
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kitschaster 20th-Jan-2013 01:45 am (UTC)

But no, srsly, I hope any innocent bystanders who may have gotten hurt are okay and taken care of. Goodness.
dumpweeds 20th-Jan-2013 01:49 am (UTC)
I feel so much safer knowing these people are armed!
blackjedii 20th-Jan-2013 02:01 am (UTC)

Darwin awards, anyone?
4o5pastmidnight 20th-Jan-2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
My dad actually emailed me a link to this article with the subject "thinning the herd," sooooooo
spyral_path 20th-Jan-2013 02:06 am (UTC)
And these are the people that are supposed to protect us from mass shootings.
chimbleysweep 20th-Jan-2013 02:08 am (UTC)
I guess they were out of good guys with guns to save these people :(
tabaqui 20th-Jan-2013 02:10 am (UTC)
Friggin' typical. Jayzus.
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