Girl accidentally shot in stomach, in...

Girl accidentally shot in stomach, in critical condition

There are 23 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from Nov 19, 2007, titled Girl accidentally shot in stomach, in critical condition. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

MARNE - A child is in critical condition after police say she was accidentally shot by her eight-year-old brother.

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westmichigan

Holland, MI

#1 Nov 19, 2007
um,,,,im very sad for this little girl , as well as her brother.......but kinda ironic that here grampa is a gun-safety instructor and this still happens? I know accidents happen, Im not lacking empathy,,,but you would think someone that teaches and is the chief of it for crying out loud would practice what he teaches!!!!!!!
Greg

United States

#2 Nov 19, 2007
My heart goes out to the family. I hope the girl makes a speedy recovery.
FEELINGS

Cheboygan, MI

#3 Nov 19, 2007
I PRAY FOR THE LIITLE GIRL AND HER FAMILY. PLEASE JOIN ME IN PRAYING FOR THE RECOVERY OF THE LITTLE GIRL.
Kelly

Littleton, CO

#4 Nov 19, 2007
I know of this man personally and while I agree that the gun should have been locked up, I also know for a fact that he does practice what he preaches. This was just a very unfortunate accident and this careless mistake will haunt him for the rest of his life. Even though I hate guns, I did let him teach my son and my daughter how to use them and he was extra cautious with them. He is an awesome human being who just made a mistake. Let's all pray that his mistake doesn't cost him his grandaughter's life. So far right now, she is holding her own.
JoeJoe

Holland, MI

#5 Nov 19, 2007
Kelly wrote:
I know of this man personally and while I agree that the gun should have been locked up, I also know for a fact that he does practice what he preaches. This was just a very unfortunate accident and this careless mistake will haunt him for the rest of his life. Even though I hate guns, I did let him teach my son and my daughter how to use them and he was extra cautious with them. He is an awesome human being who just made a mistake. Let's all pray that his mistake doesn't cost him his grandaughter's life. So far right now, she is holding her own.
I know his also and cant say enough good about him.
He spends a great deal of his time helping other people.
He is a good man.
I don't understand why you hate guns, buts thats another topic for another time.

Since: Nov 07

Lafayette, CO

#6 Nov 19, 2007
westmichigan wrote:
um,,,,im very sad for this little girl , as well as her brother.......but kinda ironic that here grampa is a gun-safety instructor and this still happens? I know accidents happen, Im not lacking empathy,,,but you would think someone that teaches and is the chief of it for crying out loud would practice what he teaches!!!!!!!
You must be soooooooo proud of yourself, being the very first one to slam somebody for there mistake. Way to go!!!!! Ra ra ra ra for you. Sure hope it was worth all the effort.
John

Holland, MI

#7 Nov 19, 2007
westmichigan wrote:
um,,,,im very sad for this little girl , as well as her brother.......but kinda ironic that here grampa is a gun-safety instructor and this still happens? I know accidents happen, Im not lacking empathy,,,but you would think someone that teaches and is the chief of it for crying out loud would practice what he teaches!!!!!!!
How do you know how it happened, the media hasn't told the entire story yet.
do you have a crystal ball ?
would you be saying the same thing if a family member of a swimming teacher drowned, or a family member of a sky diving instructor died parachuting ?
so..shut up!
sarah

Jenison, MI

#8 Nov 19, 2007
I am very sad for this whole family. I hope and pray for the little girl and for her brother. He probably is not aware of what he has done and i feel completely sorry that this whole family and what they are going though.
God please watch over the little girl and pray for the family to remain strong with everything that is going on. Let them know that they are not alone and many people are praying for them and love them all. Amen.
Lightsout

Hudsonville, MI

#9 Nov 19, 2007
Twofold as it may be... There is little doubt this grandfather must feel... well, we'll just leave it at that. He, his granddaughter and family have everyone's best wishes, I am sure.

Secondly; If this had been a "tint of the skin" minority situation, many (not all) regular posters to these forums would be spouting a different tune. White is alright less it be plight, then blame another race... how 'bout a black face?

“Go TIGERS!!”

Since: Nov 07

Caledonia, MI

#10 Nov 19, 2007
Wow...it took all of 9 posts for someone to turn this racial...amazing..or should I say sad??
Lightsout

Hudsonville, MI

#11 Nov 19, 2007
5ducklings wrote:
Wow...it took all of 9 posts for someone to turn this racial...amazing..or should I say sad??
Not as you wish it to be. A statement of fact.
Dario Mateo GR MI

Saint Joseph, MI

#12 Nov 19, 2007
Like Kelly, I know this man and his family.He's my friend after teaching me about guns and how to get my license,a very professional man with a lot of experience. Just a sad accident. I agree with everything Kelly said except that I don't hate guns.
Steve and family: you have my support and we hope that your baby gets well soon. I will be praying for her and your family.
grow up

United States

#13 Nov 19, 2007
Lightsout wrote:
Twofold as it may be... There is little doubt this grandfather must feel... well, we'll just leave it at that. He, his granddaughter and family have everyone's best wishes, I am sure.
Secondly; If this had been a "tint of the skin" minority situation, many (not all) regular posters to these forums would be spouting a different tune. White is alright less it be plight, then blame another race... how 'bout a black face?
Interesting, I read this article and found nothing that indicated race, well, other than human race. I also didn't see anything about blaming it on 'tint of the skin'. So, do you have inside information? Do you actually know this family? Or, are you just struggling under the weight of so many chips? You know, the more the race card gets played, the less impact it has when real racism occurs. And yes, I know it does occur.
Where were you with the aqua dots fiasco?
John

Holland, MI

#14 Nov 19, 2007
Lightsout wrote:
Twofold as it may be... There is little doubt this grandfather must feel... well, we'll just leave it at that. He, his granddaughter and family have everyone's best wishes, I am sure.
Secondly; If this had been a "tint of the skin" minority situation, many (not all) regular posters to these forums would be spouting a different tune. White is alright less it be plight, then blame another race... how 'bout a black face?
Ah Bullshirt, if the person of "tint" had such a fine man for a grandfather as this situation, the reaction would be the same.
stupid racist!

“Lost my mind”

Since: Apr 07

be back later

#15 Nov 20, 2007
A little girl was shot and seriously injured. Does race really matter? Why is race even being brought up with this story?

“Go TIGERS!!”

Since: Nov 07

Caledonia, MI

#16 Nov 20, 2007
My question to Neecer!! But I guess if you ask that....you are a racist!!!

“Go TIGERS!!”

Since: Nov 07

Caledonia, MI

#17 Nov 20, 2007
That should say..that's my question too.sorry!
Lightsout

Hudsonville, MI

#18 Nov 20, 2007
My bad for bringing up race? 50/50 My point was was nothing more/nothing less than...

If this had been an issue (or even implied) concerning a black family, many posters (because of internet anonymity) to this forum would have gone a different direction with their opinions. "Grandpa must be a crackhead, etc...". Albeit small, these forums are somewhat an indication of the racial tensions in OUR surrounding communities. I know I am not alone with this understanding. Just being upfront and calling it as I see it.

Ok, target is in sight... fire away.

“November 12th, 2011”

Since: Nov 07

up a tree

#19 Nov 20, 2007
The price of gun ownership is eternal vigilance. My heart goes out to that whole family. Ignore Lightsout and his attempt to put a racial spin on this.
kevin

Hartford, CT

#20 Nov 20, 2007
Kelly wrote:
This was just a very unfortunate accident and this careless mistake will haunt him for the rest of his life.
While I don't want to pile on the guy, he needs to lose his concealed weapon license as well as his guns. And he probably shouldn't be a firearms instructor either.

The article is very apologetic, and police seem very supportive of this guy, almost to a fault.

People should not allow autistic 8 year-old to get their hands on a loaded firearm. "Oh well it was an accident" does not absolve this guy of his negligence.

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