Shoot Straight: Man killed himself on...

Shoot Straight: Man killed himself on second trip to Shoot Stra...

There are 136 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 28, 2009, titled Shoot Straight: Man killed himself on second trip to Shoot Stra.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Jason Kevin McCarthy , 26, was at Shoot Straight on U.S. Highway 17-92 about 11 a.m. Monday and asked about renting a gun, Casselberry police Officer Joseph Nas said in a report that has just been released.

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Richard

Orlando, FL

#21 Apr 28, 2009
There are plenty of things a person will do if they think they're not being watched that they wouldn't do with someone watching them.
KLC

Melbourne, FL

#22 Apr 28, 2009
Copycat morons are going to drive this place right out of business.

HEY! If you're going to commit suicide, leave other people out of it. This is YOUR big drama, the rest of us don't care.
Orlando Native

Oviedo, FL

#23 Apr 28, 2009
Sleeper wrote:
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Wow..........So...... anyway... these morons are ruining it for everyone else. The only thing tragic is not being able to rent a gun at shoot straight anymore.
LOL, you call that tragic? I want your life then.
JKL

Orlando, FL

#24 Apr 28, 2009
Richard wrote:
There are plenty of things a person will do if they think they're not being watched that they wouldn't do with someone watching them.
That's very true, and I completely agree with you on that point. I am curious though, have you actually ever visited a Shoot Straight? I only ask because I have, and I know when you're on the line, you are "alone" - the closest person to you is several feet behind you. IT does not take long to go from a firing stance to pointing the gun at your head.

Also, I just really believe these people would not have been deterred at all by someone else being there. They were bound and determined to complete the task they had set out to complete that day.

I'm really not trying to argue with you, I think we're both on the same page here - I just don't think having someone (Employee or otherwise) stand on the firing line would do much of anything to keep truly suicidal people from doing what they came to do.

I think the state is partially at fault for not allowing background checks (other than the 25.00 ones anyone can get) for people who want to rent guns - while that's a nice step in the right direction - it's also not going to prevent people from offing themselves - specifically if they've never had any signs in the past. Nothing would show on their check.

Ultimately, there's really little anyone can do other than decide to accept things they way they are or close the whole business down. Just so we're clear - I would like to see the former adopted by all, however I do realize that's a pipe dream...
Theshadowknows

Lake Mary, FL

#25 Apr 28, 2009
Does anyone else realize that this kind of stuff is "trendy"? One wacko decides to do something someone has never done before, then all the wackos follow.
Lovey

Hollister, CA

#26 Apr 28, 2009
The real tragedy is that the fam sues the place of business and owners when things like this happen. That's so wrong! Condolences to this man's fam, but please, just grieve, and leave the lawsuits alone!
resident

Orlando, FL

#27 Apr 28, 2009
It is a shame as many people rent guns as a way of "test driving" before buying one. My wife and I have rented several as we try to find the ones that feel right in our hands. You don't go out and buy a car with out a test drive, guns are no different.
Amused

Winter Garden, FL

#28 Apr 28, 2009
This is a mental health issue, not a gun control issue.

We don't ban tall buildings, razor blades, ropes, prescription drugs, or tailpipes.

Availability of guns has no effect on suicide rates.

There is no news story about the millions of shooting range visits that didn't end in a suicide.
change agent

Leesburg, FL

#29 Apr 28, 2009
huh wrote:
isn't this the same gun range that just had a mother shoot her son??!?!!
i don't think the gun range "had" a mother shoot her son. why would they do that?
meatwad

New York, NY

#30 Apr 28, 2009
Talk about retroactive abortions cool pass out the guns to the KKK.
Richard

Orlando, FL

#31 Apr 28, 2009
I walk into a jewelry store at Millennia, there's an armed guard standing there. And last I checked, no one was ever killed by a flying diamond necklace. How such a dangerous activity can be allowed to go so relatively unmonitored bothers me a bit. There's more attention paid to kids driving the cars at the Indy Speedway ride at the Magic Kingdom than there is to people firing lethal weapons in a confined area.
Get Real

Orlando, FL

#33 Apr 28, 2009
There is little to no supervision at Shoot Straight, the prices are way to high and the staff just plain rude.

Why would anyone go pay their prices when there is an outdoor range close by that only charges $5 A DAY and staffed and SUPERVISED by professionals????
Lou

Lake Mary, FL

#34 Apr 28, 2009
Shoot Straight may want to consider a move out of that building because of the morbid notoriety. As a business, I can't blame them for wanting to stop renting guns. Murder suicide cleanups are pretty expensive too.
forthekids

Fort Myers, FL

#36 Apr 28, 2009
Clutch The Pearls Mary wrote:
The gun range was not to blame. They did follow guidlelines set by law.
I would like to contact them however, to see how I can get a GiftCard sent over to Casey Anthony for Mother's Day.
I love that one.... I am sure many would want to go in on that gift card too...

My heart goes out to this guys family & yes, the gun range did what they were suppose to legally do.
forthekids

Fort Myers, FL

#37 Apr 28, 2009
Richard wrote:
I walk into a jewelry store at Millennia, there's an armed guard standing there. And last I checked, no one was ever killed by a flying diamond necklace. How such a dangerous activity can be allowed to go so relatively unmonitored bothers me a bit. There's more attention paid to kids driving the cars at the Indy Speedway ride at the Magic Kingdom than there is to people firing lethal weapons in a confined area.
Armed guard at the jewelry store isn't a good comparison. No one has been killed by flying diamonds but they have been killed by diamond theifs.. and I do think that is why there is an armed guard there.
Get A Clue

Wilmington, DE

#38 Apr 28, 2009
They should run a special on rental guns--1 bullet--sign a release and then be let into a locked room to get the gun. The clerk doesn't open the dor until the single shot is fired.
I see a booming business. ;-)
forthekids

Fort Myers, FL

#39 Apr 28, 2009
change agent wrote:
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i don't think the gun range "had" a mother shoot her son. why would they do that?
pciky picky on the wording.. you got the drift of their post, did you not?
Amused

Winter Garden, FL

#40 Apr 28, 2009
Amused wrote:
This is a mental health issue, not a gun control issue.
We don't ban tall buildings, razor blades, ropes, prescription drugs, or tailpipes.
Availability of guns has no effect on suicide rates.
There is no news story about the millions of shooting range visits that didn't end in a suicide.
for some foundation: http://www.guncite.com/gun_control_gcgvsupp.h... http://www.guncite.com/gun_control_gcgvsuic.h...

Suicide fluctuates more with economic conditions than with gun ownership rates.
change agent

Leesburg, FL

#41 Apr 28, 2009
forthekids wrote:
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pciky picky on the wording.. you got the drift of their post, did you not?
sorry, i always liked william saffire's rules for writers

http://www.chem.gla.ac.uk/research/groups/pro...

i also am a fan james taranto's "best of the web" from the wall street journal. i like to find the humor in incorrect grammar.
Sweet Home Florida

Orlando, FL

#42 Apr 28, 2009
That is impractical, he could have shot himself regardless of having an employee in the range. I've used this range many times over the years.

It comes down to personal responsibility. I wasn't aware you could rent a gun and use it. Maybe that policy needs to change since both incidents were with rented guns. I bet this guy is a "copycat" off of the first murder/suicide.
Richard wrote:
You'd think there'd be an employee inside the range monitoring things instead of occasionally looking at a monitor.

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