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Rebelyell Jan 18, 6:18 p.m.
Look at it this way. What if every time one of you posters misspelled a word, someone near you was shot? Mistakes are churned out constantly by some folks, I'd rather not go shooting with any of you.
Bob3425 Jan 14, 3:09 p.m.
I understand the uncle needs to be charged, However, I don't think prison time should be given. The guilt he has to carry will last a lifetime, no about of prison time will ever make that go away. He shouldn't be allow to have any firearms or hunting licenses again.
Lightfoot3 Jan 14, 11:48 a.m.
"How can you obtain a license legally if you have no proof you took the required course and passed it?" - bubbasu1
There is an exemption that you can sign a statement saying that you have previously had a hunting license prior to July 1, 1991. Sounds like he never had one, thus the charge of obtaining a hunting license under false pretense.
"just because yopu own a gun doesn't mean you have a clue what you are doing." - Grand Union
"it should have been "broken" whilst walking or have no shot in the chamber and safety on if a pump action" - Grand Union
Unless they were stalk hunting. Someone has already pointed out the problem here, in that he didn't pay attention to the direction his gun was pointing. That's the #1 safety rule, whether you are ready to shoot or not.
Grand Union Jan 14, 11:00 a.m.
"So we want to put a safety class requirement for all gun owners? What a stupid idea."
why is it a stupid idea?....as this case shows just because yopu own a gun doesn't mean you have a clue what you are doing.
" Do you realize there is an existing requirement for a safety class prior to obtaining a hunting license? This guy was licensed, but had not taken the course. Boy, those bans/requirements really work well, don't they!"
Loose and ineffective regulations mean they are easily avoided and ineffective. Regulations need not be loose nor ineffective.
Grand Union Jan 14, 10:57 a.m.
"If you look at the story from other outlets, the uncle tripped with a loaded weapon resulting in an accidental discharge into the nephew who was walking in front of him."
Still no excuse.....if it was a side by side it should have been "broken" whilst walking or have no shot in the chamber and safety on if a pump action.
Yes the death of his Nephew is likely punishment enough for him but the lesson needs to be learned by others hence the charges.
bubbasu1 Jan 14, 10:24 a.m.
Let me get this right, a gun Safeyt Course is required to get a license?? Is proof not required that the course has been completed/passed when a person applies for a license? How can you obtain a license legally if you have no proof you took the required course and passed it?
meep Jan 11, 7:44 p.m.
He forgot the the number one rule! Don't ever point the weapon at anything you do no intend to shoot.
If you look at the story from other outlets, the uncle tripped with a loaded weapon resulting in an accidental discharge into the nephew who was walking in front of him.
meep Jan 11, 7:41 p.m.
So we want to put a safety class requirement for all gun owners? What a stupid idea. Do you realize there is an existing requirement for a safety class prior to obtaining a hunting license? This guy was licensed, but had not taken the course.
Boy, those bans/requirements really work well, don't they!
whyalltheproblems Jan 11, 7:40 p.m.
it was an accident...it was his nephew. the 'charges' were filed the moment the trigger was pulled. this is so sad.
trianglerelic Jan 11, 7:35 p.m.
@ determined2win: "Did child run into woods & Uncle shoot at the movement?"
Hunting Rule number 2.. Every hunter knows that you don't shoot at movement, Ever.. You must always know your target, and what lays beyond your target. In other words, not only must you be able to positively Identify your target, you must make every effort to know what may be between the weapon, the target, and what's behind the target should your bullet travel another half mile. I was tracking a sound of movement in the woods while deer hunting. To my surprise, it turned out to be another hunter. It seems that we were tracking eachother, both thinking we were hearing deer in the woods. We both had Blaze Orange on, but had we not followed the basic safety rules, it could have gone very differently. Bullets are like words, you can't ever take them back. Sorry just doesn't cut it. And don't get me wrong, I do feel terrible for the family and the Uncle. Guns are a serious matter.
monami Jan 11, 7:07 p.m.
He needed to be charged. This is fair.
determined2win Jan 11, 7:00 p.m.
So... what are the details of the shooting? Did child run into woods & Uncle shoot at the movement?
mxteam44 Jan 11, 6:29 p.m.
I agree with trianglerelic.....everyone should have to take a gun safety class in order to obtain any kind of firearm. The reason I say this is, I've owned guns all my life, but am always EXTREMELY careful handling them. When I took the safety class, our instructor taught me things I had never even thought about. It was well worth the $150 I spent for both myself and my wife to take the class.
Terkel Jan 11, 6:19 p.m.
My last comment probably sounded harsh toward the uncle and it wasn't meant that way. I'm sorry for the burden he will have to carry, as this was not an intentional act from the sound of it.
baddogs Jan 11, 6:18 p.m.
how sad for the whole family. hope they can forgive the uncle as he will likely not forgive himself for his actions. perhaps a plea deal would serve everyone best?
Terkel Jan 11, 6:15 p.m.
I'd hardly dare handle a gun without some kind of safety course!
tsquaring Jan 11, 6:08 p.m.
It's sad all the way around. Even without the hunter safety course, let's use a little common sense.
trianglerelic Jan 11, 6:07 p.m.
I'm a big proponent of gun safety. I'd like to see all gun owners required to take comprehensive gun safety classes before being allowed to own a firearm. I took my first official gun safety class at age 12. I've taken several since and wouldn't mind some day being able to teach the class myself. I've owned guns all my life. They are a family tradition.
My cousin was accidentally shot by his best friend 2 years ago. He died instantly. They were bar hopping. The friend was in the back seat (unloading his) 2 guns when a shot was fired. My Cousin's wife was driving, he was in the passenger seat. No charges were filed which is a slap in the face for me. The guy that shot him was Obviously Negligent. Going out bar hopping with 2 loaded guns is just ignorant. I'm a firm believer that People Kill People. Guns are just the delivery method, as could be a Car, Knife or bomb. It comes down to the individual being responsible for his own actions. Don't blame the gun...
luvbailey Jan 11, 5:45 p.m.
I'll admit i don't know all the facts and details of this incident so i may be off base in making any comment. But 2 thoughts come to mind: 1. if he had taken the safety course the boy MIGHT still be alive and 2. even if the boy was still accidentally killed the uncle MIGHT have avoided this serious criminal charge. (and OF COURSE the tragedy of the loss of life).
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03