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Another handgun accident

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by dragonsden73, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. dragonsden73

    dragonsden73 Salem, Oregun Active Member

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    A Salem man was seriously injured after a handgun he was unloading fired a single round into his left hand this afternoon, police said.

    Michael Lowe, 35, was at a friend’s house in the 2900 block of Vick Avenue NW unloading the .45-caliber handgun, Salem Police Lt. Mark Keagle said.
    “The gun belonged to a friend,” Keagle said. “They were looking at it and trying to unload it.”
    Lowe held the gun pointed at his left hand and had his finger on the trigger when it fired one shot, the lieutenant said.
    “It fired into the meaty part of his left hand and wrist,” Keagle said.
    A friend called 911 at 3:40 p.m. and Lowe was taken to Salem Hospital by ambulance. His condition was not immediately available, but police said the injury was not life threatening.
    Salem police remind people to use extreme caution when handling firearms.
    “Treat all firearms as if they are loaded and never cover the muzzle with any portion of your body,” Keagle said. “Never point it at you, any portion of your body or anyone else.”
     
  2. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Hmm which Salem members haven't signed on today? :paranoid:
     
  3. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    What an idiot. Hopefully he can't use that hand anymore and is unable to handle a firearm again. We'll all be safer.

    What's up with Salem and it's population shooting themselves.

    I guess if I lived in Salem I would probably end up doing the same thing.
     
  4. dobeman

    dobeman Hillsboro Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    "Lowe held the gun pointed at his left hand and had his finger on the trigger when it fired one shot, the lieutenant said."

    well duh!
     
  5. Benny503

    Benny503 Grants Pass Well-Known Member

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    That name sound very farmiliar.... The other question for the gun owner, is he suppose to hand a unloaded gun to someone? When handing a gun to someone please make sure it's unloaded and keep the slide back and lock it that position so the person recieving the gun able to look inside the the magazine barrel to double check.... this is the kind of accident caused by stupid people. SOrry I am just so pissing right now after reading this.
     
  6. jdub75

    jdub75 PNW Well-Known Member

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    Pot calling the kettle black, eh? :)
     
  7. DootyBeet

    DootyBeet Salem Member

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    Not me, I'm still here:thumbup:
     
  8. NK777

    NK777 West of Portland Member

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    Wow an honest to God gun with it's own mind huh? "It fired a shot"???? Really all by itself? I guess it's true some guns are just plain evil psycho killers out to get us. :bluelaugh:

    I bet the gun was black in color, semi-automatic with a high capacity magazine, and looked mean too. :D

    You just can't trust those crazy killer guns. If you own one you'll go crazy and it will tell you to kill everyone... :paranoid:

    Oh no it's to late for me. Dragonsden recently sold me one fitting that description. Crud it's a 45 too!!! Dragonsden please tell me you didn't sell it to me because it was chanting at you day and night "KILL, KILL, KILL"?
     
  9. greydog111

    greydog111 peoples repubilik of Oregon Active Member

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    Too bad he did'nt shoot his knutts off and remove the possibility of reproducing another seriously impared gun handler for society to worry about.:p
     
  10. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Time to get back to basics.

    I see 5 things that could have kept that from happening.
     
  11. safooma

    safooma Oregon Member

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    +1. My 10 year old son, when I read this to him, nailed it straight away--he said 'rule #1 muzzle control'. Why was it pointed at his hand? He listed a few other no-nos as well: treat it like its loaded, keep your finger off the trigger until u are ready to fire, check the action--LOL.

    Of course he graduated with 98% from his hunters safety course just last year, but still, come on people.
     
  12. dragonsden73

    dragonsden73 Salem, Oregun Active Member

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    You really think I would admit to it?????

    On a more serious note....my first thought when I saw this was....

    "Some people's children...."
     
  13. safooma

    safooma Oregon Member

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    You buy them book and buy them books and all they do is eat the covers....
     
  14. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    This is pretty damned callous, if you ask me! Many experienced gun owners, including myself, have had accidental discharges. Luckily in my case nobody was hurt, but I can tell you that I sure as **** learned my lesson. This poor guy will be hampered by this for the rest of his life most likely. I get a little sick of some members' holier than thou attitudes. Accidents happen to all of us. Have some compassion for xxxxxx sake!
     
  15. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    ACCIDENT= a made up word to eliminate the use of the word stupidity.
     
  16. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I shouldn't have jumped on Clearconscience like that, what I was saying could have been directed at several of the posters on here. Sorry, Conscience.
     
  17. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Everybody has accidents. And maybe my comments were a little on the harsh side. But I'm pretty sick of these people giving us a bad name.

    It was an accident, it does happen to all of us, and if I shot myself I would probably give up on guns......Actually my wife would make me, but that's not the point.

    I think it's comes down to everyone not only making sure they don't become complacent, but also making sure their buddies don't as well.

    I went shooting with a friend of mine (friends for 10 years) and he kept coming back up range with his 12ga pointed at me. The first time I corrected him, the second I told him if that barrel came in my direction again I was going to shoot him. He got the hint. I still never went shooting with him again.
     
  18. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Agreed. My comments were harsher than they should have been and, again, I do apologize.