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Thursday, June 26, 2008

God Bless the 2nd Amendment

posted by on June 26 at 18:15 PM

And the 21st Amendment too:

Police say a man who was drinking with friends and playing with a handgun accidentally shot himself in the face in Spokane.

Police say when someone expressed concern about the gun early today, the man attempted to prove it was unloaded by pointing it at his face and pulling the trigger.

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Before today's court decision, you might have called it an accident. All those confusing and a sentence with a built in preamble. Confusing! Accidents are bound to happen. But apparently this kind of thing is exactly what everyone wants. No accident at all.

Posted by elenchos | June 26, 2008 6:31 PM

All those commas, I meant.

Posted by elenchos | June 26, 2008 6:32 PM

Drinking games and fuckin' around with a handgun... Sounds more like natural selection to me. It appears his friends were none too bright as well. We can't protect 'em all, Dan. I haven't had that much handgun training, but I have known since I was 5 not to point ANY gun in my face, no matter if I thought it was empty or not.

Posted by P to the J | June 26, 2008 6:32 PM

@3 -- FTW.

Darwinism will out, friends. Just sit back and watch the natural selection (a nice suit of Kevlar wouldn't hurt, either).

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 26, 2008 6:35 PM

Every firearm is always loaded, even if you know for a fact that it's not.

Posted by lostboy | June 26, 2008 6:36 PM

I took a handgun safety class once, here's what I remember:

1. Assume every gun is loaded.
2. Never point a gun at a person.
3. Never point a gun as something you don't want to destroy.
4. Always know what's behind the thing you're going to destroy, so you don't destroy something precious by mistake.

I don't think they actually used the word "precious".

Posted by Uncle Vinny | June 26, 2008 6:38 PM

It's ALL fun and games until...oh, nevermind.

Posted by Mom | June 26, 2008 6:40 PM

hey 6, how did you know there happened to be a ming vase behind him that got blasted, too?! that's amazing! 15th dynasty!

Posted by ellarosa | June 26, 2008 6:43 PM

Dammit, Mom. You're always right!!!

@7, Winner

Posted by P to the J | June 26, 2008 6:50 PM

This one is kinda of a lame Darwin Award. Way too common for a top prize.

Handgun safety? Oxymoron? Just owning a gun increases your chances of being murdered 100 fold.

Posted by robot2501 | June 26, 2008 6:52 PM

Tacoma should be embarrassed that they remain #3 in size in Washington state and can't surpass Spokane for #2 despite all the stupifyingly dense tweakers in the Lilac City.

Posted by Bob | June 26, 2008 7:04 PM


Posted by Balt-O-Matt | June 26, 2008 7:07 PM

Terry Kath's (original guitarist and band leader of Chicago) actual last words were "Don't worry, it's not loaded."

That said, all of the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights apply to stupid people, too.

Posted by Mr. X | June 26, 2008 7:09 PM

Thank god we have an individual right to bear arms and use them while heavily inebriated.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 26, 2008 7:09 PM

this should be called "pulling a cheney"

Posted by cinna-stir | June 26, 2008 7:22 PM

It was already illegal to be in possession of a firearm while intoxicated in every state, so there was really no helping this man. Are they not rerunning Warner Bros cartoons any longer?

Posted by Dougsf | June 26, 2008 7:29 PM

vero alliqui non possunt

Posted by kinaidos | June 26, 2008 7:39 PM

Oh Spokane..

Posted by how I miss you | June 26, 2008 7:51 PM

I love Dan, but I think I've finally figured out his Fatal Flaw: public policy by anecdote.

Be it pit bulls, or hetero/homo parenting, or gun policy, he thinks that throwing out the Perfect Anecdote is a form of civics dialog.

Posted by Big Sven | June 26, 2008 7:58 PM

Mr. X @ 13, Terry Kath came to mind immediately when I read this. 1978.

Guns. Ugh.

What a waste.

Posted by homage to me | June 26, 2008 8:00 PM

I grew up in Spokane. This is a regular occurrence there. Seriously.

Posted by rb | June 26, 2008 8:09 PM

Constitutional so long as it was an accident. I figger, since suicide is still a crime in some jurisdictions, that you don't have the right to shoot yourself on purpose. Anyway, nothing like a good bit o' schadenfreude at the expense of some hick from the other Washington, huh.

Posted by umvue | June 26, 2008 8:10 PM

And a good thing too! If he'd gotten into a car instead, he might have hurt someone ELSE.

Posted by Stinky | June 26, 2008 8:11 PM

It pretty much always comes back to "people are morons", doesn't it?

This is why I'm uncomfortable around guns. Because people are morons. Especially gun owners.

Posted by Julie | June 26, 2008 8:11 PM

You know what would be cool? If Dan found gun accidents on the web or had people send them in and then, like then he could start a new feature called: God Bless the 2nd Amendment!

And he'd like just obliterate all those gun lovers with his wicked sense of anecdotal irony.

I can hardly wait.

Posted by Bob | June 26, 2008 8:22 PM

That's a great idea, Bob! Can I start one about drunk people doing stupid things and call it God Bless the 21st Amendment?

Posted by Stinky | June 26, 2008 8:48 PM

Am I the only loser on Slog who gets hung up on a totally blank comments page with "Waiting for" in my browser, and the frigging page won't load? It seems to happen at night. It happens on the Permalink page too, but that page loads the comments and the comment box load before the message, which just continues to run for hours.

Maybe it's my computer telling me to leave off and do something else for a change.

Posted by Fnarf | June 26, 2008 9:03 PM

You bet Stinky, but they need to be very ironic.

Posted by Bob | June 26, 2008 9:03 PM

The same thing happened to Terry Kath of the band Chicago, arguably divine retribution for his vocals on "Color My World."

Posted by Tim Appelo | June 26, 2008 9:23 PM

Hmm, how about this one: Drunk Firefighter Runs Florida Deputy Off Road

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Mark Raiche was heading to a call early Sunday morning. As he crested the top of a hill on a rural four-lane road, he saw headlights coming at him.

"I took the last minute to swerve to the right and miss a head-on collision and my car started to overturn," Raiche recalled.

Later, he heard more details. Raiche had rolled four times. He had to be extracted from his patrol car. He was hanging upside down, suspended only by his seat belt, and his engine compartment had caught fire by the time help arrived. He had suffered the worst injuries he'd ever seen on the job. He has a tear in his liver and head and back injuries.

An alleged drunken driver had been traveling in the wrong direction on State Road 85 south of Crestview. As Raiche moved to avoid the SUV and his car began to flip out of control, the other driver didn't stop, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

The driver was 33-year-old Scott Allen Brace, a lieutenant with the Ocean City-Wright Fire Department. He was arrested at his home and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of a crash with injury.

Posted by Stinky | June 26, 2008 9:24 PM
Posted by Stinky | June 26, 2008 9:29 PM

@29 -- Numpty. See @13 and #20.


Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 26, 2008 9:43 PM

I'll just repost this here, since the Second Amendment conversation seems to be a running battle:

The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was a strong advocate of the Second Amendment, and they used their Second Amendment rights to defend themselves from a racist government that went to extreme lengths to deny African Americans their basic civil rights. It may be argued that firearms were not the most effective tool for that task, or that the Panthers took more harm than good from their use of firearms, but the fact remains that the Panthers used firearms exactly the way the Second Amendment intended. That choice was available to them and they, as free citizens, exercised their rights in that way.

Of course there was also MOVE which, while I wouldn't put them in the same category with the Panthers, did expose a heinous recklessness and disregard for human life and the property rights of African Americans on the part of the Philadelphia Police Department.

Just, you know, since nobody else seems to be bringing it up.

Posted by Judah | June 26, 2008 11:04 PM
I love Dan, but I think I've finally figured out his Fatal Flaw: public policy by anecdote.

Totally, because the statistics show 99% of guns are used to shoot rapists skulking up the stairs towards your sleeping wife.

The other 1% of guns are used to overthrow corrupt governments (little known fact: handguns can easily blow up tanks and aircraft carriers).

Posted by poppy | June 27, 2008 7:00 AM

Gun laws save so many lives. That's why there are no shootings in DC or Chicago.

Posted by Luke Baggins | June 27, 2008 7:06 AM

@33 yeah, a lot of good the 2nd amendment gave the panthers-- most of them were soon dead or in jail.

Hicks who want to blow off their own faces = 2nd amendment

Scary black guys stickin it to the man in the ghetto =terrorism

Posted by SDizzle | June 27, 2008 7:38 AM


Too bad you weren't around to legislate the Panthers out of their poor decision-making, eh?

Posted by Judah | June 27, 2008 8:55 AM

USA! USA! You! Ess! Ay!

Posted by Gurldoggie | June 27, 2008 9:11 AM

I hate to break it to all you Darwin Award types: the man lived.

And hey hippies: I for one am willing to put up with some accidents to keep the King of England out of our hair, to keep the Canadians from killing our pigs, and to hunt dangerous and delicious animals!

Posted by gillsans | June 27, 2008 11:24 AM

Just owning a gun increases your chances of being murdered 100 fold.

The Kellermann studies recorded correlation, not causation. Just associating with criminals increased your chances of owning a gun 3-8X.

Posted by from my cold dead hands | June 27, 2008 12:49 PM

What's the 21st Amendment? The right to natural deselection?


Posted by K | June 27, 2008 1:26 PM

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