Monday, October 1, 2012

I *Hate* This.

Stoughton teen dies after being shot by brother, authorities say
STOUGHTON – A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed in Stoughton Saturday while he was in the basement of his family home with his 21-year-old brother, authorities said.

David Wade, a senior at Stoughton High School, was shot by his brother, but no charges have been filed in the case, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said at a press conference Saturday night.
All indications are that it was an accident - I've seen a bunch of local reports that indicate that it was not an intentional shooting. In other words, this was an entirely preventable event.

Words cannot express how much I hate these stories. A young man is dead; a family is torn apart; another young man has to live with himself knowing his own carelessness cost his brother his life. All because he treated a firearm like a toy rather than the deadly weapon it has the potential to be. I understand the desire to show off the new acquisition, I do; however five seconds of preparation to be certain that the gun is unloaded as well as being mindful of where it was pointing could have prevented this from happening.

To the Wade family: I've been taken to task in comments of some of my posts (mainly the ones where I report about criminals killed by their victims) about "what happens if the family comes across your post?". First off, I'm truly sorry for your son's loss. It sounds like he was a great person, and it's a tragedy his life was cut short. I'm sorry for his brother, who has to live with what he's done - a heavy burden indeed.

My hope in highlighting this story is that we can work to stop these incidents. There are four rules of gun safety for a reason: Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. Never point the gun at anything you're not willing to destroy. And know your target and what's beyond it. Four simple rules that, if properly followed, will prevent future tragedies.

Because I really hate stories like these...

That is all.


Ross said...

There is a reason that I hammer home muzzle discipline in my safety courses, at Appleseed Shoots I run and even when just showing off guns to friends and acquaintances. If the gun is pointed in a safe direction, no one can get shot.

Sure, I got my best friend pissed off at me... but his cavalier manner and his assurances (Come on, Bro, you just saw me check the chamber!) just plain scared me - too darn easy to make a mistake.

I pity the brother - he's going to have to live with this for the rest of his life. What a horrible thing to have on your conscience.

Robert said...

My now-deceased father related to me that, as a youngster, one of his five brothers pointed a 12 gauge at him as part of a practical joke. The brother decided at the last instant to point the gun at the floor before pulling the trigger. When their father got home, he noticed but did not address them about the rearranged rug covering the gaping hole in the floor. Ya gotta love my relatives...