Cops: Man fatally shoots himself while showing off new gun's safety
A 21-year-old Joliet man accidentally shot and killed himself while trying to demonstrate how the safety mechanism worked on his new handgun, authorities said today.
Deon D. Perry was pronounced dead at 5:40 a.m. Saturday at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center.
Allegedly, he put the safety on, pointed the gun at his own face, and pulled the trigger. Apparently he was trying to test the theory that if you shoot someone with a .25 ACP and they find out about it, they might be mad. Now, we can't rule out that this was a case of plain old murder, with the story of the malfunctioning safety as a cover, but if it is correct as written, I think we have Peter's Doofus of the Day sewn up tight.
Now, this story raises many questions. Was the gun owned legally? Being that this is Cook County, IL, one of the most restrictive areas in the country, with a FOID card required to own a firearm and handguns only recently being legal, it's quite possible that it was not. Secondly, I continue to find it fascinating to note that Illinois, which despite recent rulings does not currently allow any form of concealed carry, sees a brisk sale in concealable guns. Friends in IL assure me that P3ATs, J-frames, and other small guns are readily available in IL gun stores.
And lastly, they must never have heard of the golden rule of gun ownership, which is "Never point the damn thing at your face and pull the trigger"...
That is all.