1. A Georgia man accidentally shot himself in the penis last week while he was attempting to holster his gun.
According to WMAZ Channel 13, the man was parked at a gas station in Macon, Georgia and he was trying to put away the .45 caliber pistol when it went off. Why he had his gun at the gas station is unclear, but of course, Georgia encourages and allows people to carry guns everywhere, even bars. And gas stations.
The man knew he was hurt, but he wasn't sure how. He drove to a friend's house, dropped his pants and discovered he'd shot himself in the penis and that the bullet had exited through his buttocks. But his pants stopped it. The spent round fell to the floor. Those are some strong pants.
The victim, yeah, we guess victim is the right word, was driven to a nearby hospital and treated. He joins at least five other American men who have shot off their own penises since 2010, acoording to Death and Taxes. Not a club anyone wants to be in, but we can think of at least one way to avoid membership.
2. Meanwhile in central Pennsylvania, early Father's Day morning, the guest of honor at a surprise party accidentally shot a guest in the head and killed him. How did this happen? The usual way. Two guys decided it would be a great idea to play with a gun at a party. As reported by WNEP-TV, the guest of honor Derek Gair took his 24-year-old friend Cody Gorsline upstairs at about 2am to show off his handgun. The gun reportedly fired by accident as Gair handed the gun to Gorsline. Drinking was also apparently involved.
Interviewed on television, one neighbor commented that the tragedy was a result of failure to practice proper gun safety measures. Hmm, gun safety. Kind of strikes us as an oxymoron.
3. In Florida, a stray bullet took the life of a musician, teacher and new father, the Panama City News Herald reported. The victim, 33-year-old Justin Ayers and his wife were welcoming their 3-day-old baby home from the hospital with relatives when a bullet pierced the wall of their home and struck Ayers in the back of the head.
This horror was unleashed from the house next door, when 62-year-old Charles Edward Shisler picked up a .9mm pistol by the trigger, and it went off.
Reportedly, Shisler was none too cooperative when the police arrived. According to the police report, he was "belligerent" and expressed surprise that the gun went off at all.
“The damn gun doesn’t usually shoot,” said Shisler, according to his arrest report. “You have to squeeze the hell out of the trigger to shoot it.”
Shisler was allegedly drinking at the time of the shooting, though that might not explain the whole incident. He was arrested and charged with manslaughter and for being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun. He had a previous felony weapons conviction from 2006, according to reports.
We just have one question: How exactly would the NRA's prescription for arming more of the good guys have prevented any of these tragedies?
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