A Word on Gun Safety
Current mood: ballistic
Category: ballistic Life
[Yeah, they just keep on coming - Sorry, Sara!]
hard to think of a more reliable class of devices than modern
firearms. With a very modest bit of care, they discharge when
desired to four nines or better (99.99%+ of the time). No modern
model will fire without a trigger pull or a *very* hard impact.
They simply do what's asked of them, by design, no more or less.
can get through a whole lifetime handling these tools without getting
hurt, if they follow a few simple rules, often given as the "four
laws". One version is here: http://www.racineidpa.com/The4LawsofGunSafety.htm
"Four Laws" have been around, serving well, for a long time. But
I'm afraid we now need to add another rule to the list.
"DO NOT STRAP A LOADED .44 MAGNUM TO A DRUNK REDNECK WOMAN IN A TRAILER WITH A RODENT PROBLEM"
"Woman tries to kill mice, shoots self"
Potter Valley woman wounded herself and a man July 3 while attempting
to kill mice with a .44-caliber Magnum revolver, according to the
Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.
woman, 43, had drawn the gun from a holster under her left arm,
intending to shoot mice scurrying across the floor of a small travel
trailer on Highway 20 in Potter Valley, according to the Sheriff's
The revolver instead slipped from her hand and fired as it struck the floor, according to the Sheriff's Office."
Yeah, a cocked revolver will do that. Keep the hammer down on an empty chamber.
bullet went through the woman's right kneecap, then hit keys hanging on
the belt loop of a 42-year-old man in the trailer, officials said. The
bullet glanced off the keys and tore a hole in the man's pants.
bullet grazed the man's groin before stopping in his coin pocket, where
it was recovered for evidence, according to the Sheriff's Office."
Some guys have all the luck.
The story gets better - here's the follow-up.
Due, 43, was trying to eliminate mice in a travel trailer on her
property for a new tenant who was moving in when the accidental
shooting occurred, said Mendocino County Sheriff's Capt. Kurt Smallcomb.
The tenant and a man had begun moving the woman's belongings into the trailer at 9:30 p.m. July 2, he said.
about 1:20 a.m. July 3, Due, who was intoxicated, went down to the
trailer with her gun, holstered under her left arm, Smallcomb said.
"Being a good landlord, she comes down to take care of this mouse problem," he said."
No - a good landlord would use THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB (handgun shotshells - handy stuff). Or call a professional exterminator - but what fun is that?
bit about the terminal ballistics. It's a .44 magnum bullet vs. a
mouse. This is a big heavy bullet, up to 3/4 oz, which still
manages to go supersonic in a handgun. It rips through the air with
about enough energy to heat Al Gore's house for a month. The
mouse would just barely contain that much energy - if accellerated to
Visually, roughly to scale,
One more follow-up to the story,
Potter Valley woman who wounded herself while attempting to kill mice
with a .44 Magnum revolver won't face criminal charges, authorities
Mendocino County District Attorney's Office had been considering
whether to charge Debra Due, 43, with negligent discharge of a firearm.
insufficient criminal intent," Chief Deputy District Attorney Jill
Ravitch said Thursday. "Sometimes incredibly stupid things don't amount
to criminal acts.""
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
By Various Artists
Release date: By 2006-10-03
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