As a firearms instructor, I'm steaming with anger at the moment, having read two accounts of lives needlessly thrown away through unthinking carelessness and utter stupidity. Both earn Darwin Awards, but those concerned are no longer in a position to learn from them.
Case One, in Michigan - Doofus #1,075:
A 50-year-old man died when he accidentally shot himself in his head after a witness asked him to to "stop playing" with a gun last weekend in Pontiac, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said.
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Authorities interviewed the victim’s brother, girlfriend and a friend, all of whom had been at the home when the incident occurred. The girlfriend told them she had asked the man to "stop playing with the firearm shortly before the victim put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger," according to the release.
Case Two, in Tennessee - Doofus #1,076:
A man was shot and killed Friday night in the parking lot of a Hermitage business after a robbery "prank" for a YouTube channel went wrong, according to Metro Nashville police.
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When officers arrived at the scene ... 23-year-old David Starnes Jr. admitted to shooting Wilks.
Investigators were told that Wilks and a friend approached a group of people, including Starnes, with butcher knives while participating in a "prank" robbery for a YouTube video.
Starnes, who told officers he was unaware of the prank, said he shot Wilks in defense of himself and others, according to the release.
How unbelievably dumb do you have to be to do things like that? And why do the news media persist in calling the subsequent death "accidental"? It's not accidental at all - it's the deliberate, foreseeable consequence of a really stupid act. In both of the above cases, the deceased are solely responsible for their own deaths. Nobody else is to blame. That makes the "victim" in reality the perpetrator, if you want to be pedantic about it - and I do!
What's more, how did the late Mr. Wilks miss the fact that Tennessee has a large proportion of concealed firearms carriers among its population? It would have been over even more quickly had he acted around this part of northern Texas. I guaran-damn-tee you that at least half the bystanders within effective range would have enthusiastically joined in the feu de joie the instant they saw his knife. We don't mess around up here.
Incidents such as these are a freebie handed to the anti-gun movement, which asserts that many people cannot be trusted with guns. As far as the two deceased are concerned, it's hard to argue with that.