Teen accidentally shoots, kills stepfather

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Comments on Topix forums : Berea, S.C. Greenville County deputies say an 18-year-old man accidentally shot and killed his stepfather while learning how to use a handgun.
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Susan

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Oct 15, 2008
 
What was the kid doing pointing the gun at his step-dad's face? Doesn't sound like an accident to me.

Since: May 07

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#2
Oct 15, 2008
 
Very tragic story. I would think you start out teaching gun safety with the gun unloaded!
CHY

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#3
Oct 15, 2008
 
Where is Sarah Palin when you need her?

Since: May 07

Spartanburg, SC

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Oct 15, 2008
 
CHY wrote:
Where is Sarah Palin when you need her?
What does that mean? What does this have to do with Palin?
Wondering

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#5
Oct 15, 2008
 
Susan wrote:
What was the kid doing pointing the gun at his step-dad's face? Doesn't sound like an accident to me.
They were in gun training. Stop jumping to conclusions and assuming. Accidents really do happen!
junkndisorderly

Asheville, NC

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Oct 15, 2008
 
uh oh

“RadicalDudette”

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#7
Oct 15, 2008
 
No way was that an "accident." The father had way
too much trust in his stepson. Now he is dead.

I hope the Greenville County solicitor takes this
kid to court and let the jury of peers decide.
Nobody

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Oct 15, 2008
 
MurphyMobile wrote:
No way was that an "accident." The father had way
too much trust in his stepson. Now he is dead.
I hope the Greenville County solicitor takes this
kid to court and let the jury of peers decide.
I agree. The first thing you teach anyone concerning a weapon, is that all weapons are to be pointed down-range, and considered loaded. I've a film clip I'll send you.
Cas

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#9
Oct 15, 2008
 
Accidental, maybe, but still not without negligence. Look how many things have to be done wrong for this to happen. 1. using loaded gun before teaching "student" how to handle it; 2. not teaching not to point it at a person unless you intend to shoot them; 3. pointing a loaded gun at another person, even if you are untrained; 4. having finger on trigger while gun is pointing at a person...etc. I'd think some charge, at least negligent homicide would be appropriate, based solely on the newspaper report.
I see that you are stupid

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Oct 15, 2008
 
mlc9852 wrote:
Very tragic story. I would think you start out teaching gun safety with the gun unloaded!
What a stupid person you are. Do you suppose that "air" bullets should come out?
I see that you are stupid

Asheville, NC

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Oct 15, 2008
 
MurphyMobile wrote:
No way was that an "accident." The father had way
too much trust in his stepson. Now he is dead.
I hope the Greenville County solicitor takes this
kid to court and let the jury of peers decide.
Well well another idiot trying to make waves here. You dont know jack until ALL of the facts are given. Stay in NC and keep your inbreeds away from our SC! Its bad enough you got idiots who run from the law and get killed!

Since: May 07

Casar, NC

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Oct 15, 2008
 
I see that you are stupid wrote:
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What a stupid person you are. Do you suppose that "air" bullets should come out?
What a stupid person you are. You don't know the first thing about gun safety. Idiot. Stick to your BB gun.
Southern Neighbor

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Oct 15, 2008
 
Gun lovers I have met ... none ever think that they are the "idiots" they accuse other people being, when they hear about a tragedy.

Among families I know personally: a 14 yr old dtr suicide; suicide of a young father (stood up from argument at dinner table, went to room and pow); one 6 yr old shot & killed his brother by accident; 80 yr old grandmother, believed to be accident - lay dying for probably half a day. And these are just people I know personally!

All these families staunchly defended the right of law abiding citizens "with good sense" to have guns. They assumed all in their homes would use good judgement and care, any bad stuff only happened to somebody else.

I've never known anyone who defended themselves or their family from an intruder with a gun.

This is a terrible tragedy for this family & they are in my heartfelt prayers. When something like this happens it is unspeakably devastating for everyone. unfortunately shows how easily tragedy can happen where guns are concerned. It can happen to anyone
Keith former Gun-bunny

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Oct 15, 2008
 
Something smells a little like fish to me. Nough said.

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Oct 15, 2008
 
Southern Neighbor wrote:
Gun lovers I have met ... none ever think that they are the "idiots" they accuse other people being, when they hear about a tragedy.
Among families I know personally: a 14 yr old dtr suicide; suicide of a young father (stood up from argument at dinner table, went to room and pow); one 6 yr old shot & killed his brother by accident; 80 yr old grandmother, believed to be accident - lay dying for probably half a day. And these are just people I know personally!
All these families staunchly defended the right of law abiding citizens "with good sense" to have guns. They assumed all in their homes would use good judgement and care, any bad stuff only happened to somebody else.
I've never known anyone who defended themselves or their family from an intruder with a gun.
This is a terrible tragedy for this family & they are in my heartfelt prayers. When something like this happens it is unspeakably devastating for everyone. unfortunately shows how easily tragedy can happen where guns are concerned. It can happen to anyone
But all of these activities, tragic as they may be, had a human being handling the gun. A firearm is an inanimate object, a tool. In the wrong hands it is a dangerous tool. I have a safe full of firearme, none has ever caused a death, nor will it, unless I think the lives of any of my family , or my life, is in danger. Then the firearm becomes a weapon, not a killer. I would be the killer, in self defense. I wouldn't be without my firearms, because in today's society, you never know when you will have to defend your home against the criminal element.
Keith former Gun-bunny

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Oct 15, 2008
 
Old Rose wrote:
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But all of these activities, tragic as they may be, had a human being handling the gun. A firearm is an inanimate object, a tool. In the wrong hands it is a dangerous tool. I have a safe full of firearme, none has ever caused a death, nor will it, unless I think the lives of any of my family , or my life, is in danger. Then the firearm becomes a weapon, not a killer. I would be the killer, in self defense. I wouldn't be without my firearms, because in today's society, you never know when you will have to defend your home against the criminal element.
Ain't that the truth on the criminal element. Some people just can't understand that the law can't be every where at once and be able to protect you. Nough said.

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