Another lesson in gun safety…

Last week I wrote about the teenager whose parents gave her a firearm to carry (even though she had no basic firearm training) and it accidentally discharged when she dropped her purse, narrowly hitting a man.  Sadly, a young child has been critically injured because some fool forgot the basic rules of firearms…

Celebratory Gunshot Fired Miles Away May Have Critically Injured Florida Boy

FoxNews:  Florida authorities say a child may have been critically wounded as a result of celebratory gunfire shot into the air miles away on New Year’s eve.

At 1 a.m., Diego Duran, 12, who was with his family outside their Ruskin home admiring a fireworks display, suddenly dropped to the ground bleeding from his nose and eyes, Sandy Duran, his mother, told authorities.  Without successfully determining the cause of the injury, the family rushed the injured boy to South Bay Hospital and doctors determined that a bullet had entered the top of his head. He was then moved to Tampa Bay General Hospital where he remains in critical condition with the bullet still in his head.
There were no reports of gunfire nearby, and detectives believe the boy was hit by gunfire falling from the sky fired from a distance of up to miles away.
Sandy Duran, the boy’s mother, told that her son is moving his arms and legs and seems to be responding to people.  “It feels like witnessing a miracle,” she told the station. “It really does, considering the trajectory of the bullet. It’s miraculous.”
Authorities in the area are trying to determine who pulled the trigger by questioning people in the surrounding area, and said if the individual is caught, he would face serious charges.  “It is a crime,” Larry McKinnon, the spokesman from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, told “It is an irresponsible act, and if we find out who did that, the consequences are going to be some very serious felony charges.”  
One of the basic rules of firearm training: Know your target (and what’s behind it).  My father lives on plenty of acreage in the middle of nowhere yet when we shoot firearms with substantial bullet trajectory, we head up to the mountains as he does have neighbors/a main road nearby his property.  We place the target/tin can in an area where we know the bullets won’t head toward a home/road. (There are established shooting areas, well known by the locals. The chance of people being in the background of the shooting areas is slim as they are not well-suited for hiking/four-wheeling being dense brush/wooded areas.  Never been an accidental shooting in the mountains there.)  We also check for rocks/boulders/other items behind the target where bullets may hit and ricochet back at us.
For someone to fire up in the air is just plain stupid and dangerous, as witnessed by this young boy being the victim of a random idiot.  Prayers for this young boy and hope they capture the fool that doesn’t know how to handle firearms like a responsible gun owner should.
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Patriot Angel
8 years ago

And some people close to me just can’t figure out why I say…”People SCARE me”!