We’ve all done stupid things without thinking about it. I drove off once with two fresh pizzas from the Moose’s Tooth Restaurant on the roof of my car. I figure they blew off somewhere on the Seward Highway just south of Tudor Road. So, if you had a flying, steaming 16-inch disc of cajun halibut goodness slap down in the middle of your windshield a couple years ago, it’s my fault.
Then there was the guy who absentmindedly left his Stradivarius violin, worth $4 million, in the back of a Newark cab. Even when there’s a lot at stake, we humans are far from perfect.
And just this week, one armed guard, stationed at an elementary school, accidentally walked out of the men’s room, leaving his gun on the sink. Oops.
After the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the NRA has been advocating the placement of armed guards in every school across the nation. He hasn’t said how we should pay for that, or why he thinks that guns will make schools safer except to say that “the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” I guess they forgot about the armed guard at Columbine, or the shooting at Ft. Hood where I hear they had guns. And maybe he forgot about the man who went on a shooting rampage at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Tennessee. He had 76 rounds, and expected to keep shooting people until police arrived and killed him. Instead, he was overpowered by good guys without guns, and will spend the rest of his days in prison.
State Representative Dennis Richardson of Oregon has this to say.
“If I had been a teacher or the principal at the Sandy Hook Elementary School and if the school district did not preclude me from having access to a firearm, either by concealed carry or locked in my desk, most of the murdered children would still be alive, and the gunman would still be dead, and not by suicide,” he wrote.
More guns = more safety. “You never hear about a shooting at a gun show, do you?” We’ve all heard that one.
Officials say two people were accidentally shot and wounded at a gun show at the North Carolina state fairgrounds.
It happened Saturday at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show, a quarterly event that usually draws thousands of people to the fairgrounds in Raleigh.
The fairground is operated by the state agriculture department. Agency spokesman Brian Long says a 12-gauge shotgun discharged while its owner unzipped its case for a law enforcement officer to check it at a security entrance.
Emergency crews responded to the scene, and two people were loaded into ambulances.
Long says the shotgun’s owner brought the weapon to the show to find a private buyer.
Police say an accidental shooting at a northeast Ohio gun show has left one man with injuries in his arm and leg.
The shooting happened Saturday afternoon in Medina, about 30 miles south of Cleveland.
Medina police Chief Pat Berarducci says a gun dealer was checking out a semi-automatic handgun he had just bought when he accidentally pulled the trigger.
Police say the gun’s magazine was loaded and had been pulled from the firearm, but one round remained in the chamber.
The chief says the victim and dealer are longtime friends.
It wasn’t a mass shooting. It wasn’t even on purpose. So, what’s the point?
The point is that even people who go to gun shows, and whom we assume to be reasonably versed in firearms safety and maintenance, and know their way around a rifle can mess up.
Wasn’t there even some elected official that accidentally shot a guy in the face?
Preschool teachers packing heat, and armed security guards who have to pee don’t kill people. But, inevitable accidents by gun owners kill people. Accidental shootings resulted in between 14,000 and 15,000 non-fatal injuries, and about 600 deaths in 2011. Despite the alarming number of mass shootings in recent years, the number of victims is fewer.
So, think about it before you suggest that Miss Emily at Maplewood Elementary start carrying a firearm in her class of curious and rambunctious Kindergarteners. What are the odds that she won’t be a guns-blazin’ Kindergarten Cop ready to take down a psychopathic murderer who has burst into her classroom, but rather that she forgot to lock her desk, or didn’t’ notice when one of her little students got curious about what that thing was around her waist. Or that she accidentally left a loaded weapon in the girls’ room, or in her tote bag on the floor next to her desk. Statistics can’t tell us those odds, but common sense does.
Common sense tells us that more guns in more hands will mean more gun injuries in the same way that more cars mean more car accidents, and more delicate glassware in the dining room, means you’re more likely to break glass. And if we really feel that weaponizing everyone made us all safe, we’d better hurry up and give Iran nuclear weapons capability? Hey, if everyone has a nuke, then nobody will use it.