More NRA Caused Carnage

Chantilly, VA

#1 Oct 21, 2013
Moderate to heavy overall volume this week, with big numbers in loaded gun-cleaning and hunting accidents, with five each. There were three "home invasion" shootings (plus one "bar invasion" shooting), and likewise three men who accidentally shot their wives or girlfriends. Two people dropped their guns and shot themselves this week, one of whom was a sheriff's deputy. And, as is almost always the case, at least one person shot themselves putting a gun in their waistband.
With the government shutdown over, we've got new numbers in from the TSA. During the period from September 27th through October 17th, encompassing the shutdown and the few days prior to it, the TSA found a whopping 99 guns on passengers attempting to board flights at airports around the country, five of which were found at the Denver airport, and are pictured above. But Denver wasn't actually the single biggest source of guns discovered during this period. That dubious honor belongs to Atlanta, where the TSA turned up nine of them. There was also a celebrity sighting among the TSA's haul: former Boston Celtics star Bill Russell was caught with a loaded .38 on his way to a flight out of Seattle.

Two especially noteworthy stories this week. First, the woman in Fort Richey, FL who was shot in the leg by a bullet fired by a neighborhood man who'd just committed suicide with it (and no, this is not the first time this has happened this year). And second, a couple in Austin, TX who, engaged in a domestic dispute (to put it mildly), were wrestling over an assault rifle when they accidentally fired it, shooting a neighbor who was outside working on his fence at the time. But the story doesn't end there. When the Austin police showed up, the man had won control of the rifle, but failed to drop it when officers ordered him to do so, and was himself shot.

I do have a few other stories worth sharing, though they pertain to incidents not included in this week's compilation. The first involves a GunFAIL episode from last year, before we began our count, but which provides interesting perspective on the many accidents we read about which aren't fatal, and reports of which indicate that victims "are expected to recover." The Cumberland County (NC) Sheriff's Office chief jailer, Maj. John R. McRainey, was wounded in late October of last year, when his gun accidentally discharged. "Although it is always a tragedy anytime that anyone suffers a gunshot wound, we are just thankful that it was no worse than it was," Sheriff Moose Butler said at the time. But this week comes news that Maj. McRainey—after eight surgeries, 129 days in the hospital, and thrice-weekly dialysis due to damage to his kidneys—has died.

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