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An ND, and a bystander dies.

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by chemist, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    A bullet that's left a gun has no friends. In this case, a "small caliber" pistol that the CCW-holder fired through his hand then ricocheted off the sidewalk and struck a woman in the side who was standing across the street. She died at the scene.

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/stray-bullet-wounds-man-kills-woman-across-street-/ng4YT/
    http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/stray-bullet-wounds-man-kills-woman-helen/ng4wg/

    "Freak accident" or not, it shows how lethal a tiny metal pellet can be - just like it was designed to be. I wonder if he chose to load with FMJ, because of the small caliber. We'll probably never hear the details about the weapon and ammo.

    As you could guess, anti-CCW advocates have latched onto this story. We only rarely hear of positive outcomes from CCW, usually only in the rare cases (1 in 20) where shots are fired. Until people start going public with the many, many unreported defensive uses of their CCW, we'll never be able to counterbalance these attention-grabbing stories.

    For comparison, about a hundred Americans will die today in traffic accidents, while about 4,000 people will use a personally owned firearm to deter a criminal (according to Kleck).
     
  2. lowly monk

    lowly monk Beaverton, Oregon. Just a guy. Bronze Supporter

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    The gun accidentally discharged?
     
  3. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    No, the gun was negligently discharged by its owner, who one presumes did not intend to shoot himself through the hand.