Georgia man … accidentally fired his gun Saturday, shooting himself in the hand and killing a woman walking by him with the stray bullet.
This is a tragedy. However, let’s look at what I elided:
was charged with involuntary manslaughter after he
Good for the cops and the district attorney for filing charges instead of brushing off another sacrifice to Moloch as an accident and an act of Nature or an Act of God.
Anyone who learned how to shoot in Boy Scouts was taught three things:
- A gun is always loaded
- The safety is never on
- Only point the weapon at something that you intend to hit and kill.
Any violation of those rules led to an immediate closure of the range and removal of the weapon from the shooter’s hands by range staff. I would prefer to live in a world where there are far fewer weapons floating around, but that is not a politically feasible world at this time. The next best alternative is to encourage our justice system (including changing laws and/or strategic campaigns for prosecutors) to assume strict responsibility and liability for any round that comes out of a gun. If you own a gun, you are responsible for every round fired and any/all damage that round may inflict.