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7 1/2 years for the guy who shot live rounds into a crowd. Couldn't happen to better guy.
Thanks Ginny for the link.
http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/old-we ... z1rfHRFUZL
Yep, but they only got him on concealing evidence.
He should have been jailed for felon in possession of a fire arm, illegal discharge of a firearm, public endangerment, maybe assualt with a deadly weapon.
He claims either he grabbed the wrong gun when he left home or somebody else loaded live rounds in his pistol. BS!
While I am very strong on the right to own firearms, there is always the claim that we have enough gun laws. We do. Now, enforcment them!
This is one of those stories that gives gun owners a bad name. This guy shouldn't have owned or even handled guns. How was he even allowed membership as a re-enactor in any kind of gun play? As for other re-enactors checking each other's guns, that's when someone should have taken his gun and told him to sit down and watch. Stan, you're right. If the present gun laws would be properly enforced, we wouldn't have these problems nor would we need MORE gun laws. The judicial system is just plain lazy and irresponsible.
People like him give the entire reenactment community a bad name.
Perhaps it's time to end "comedy gun fights" as it sends the wrong message.
"Oh, I couldn't do that; it means so much paper work."
Well that's the job you signed on to do, Buddy; get to it.
There are several oft used lines that upset me. Another one is that the gun itself is at fault.
It's just a piece of equipment; often a supreme example of egineering, design and craftsmanship, but in the end just a tool. The problem is that other tools are allowed to handle ... and talk about ... them.
I've known lots of re enactors over the last 25+ years and most fun,great folks but I've also encountered my fair share in the community who are utterly self centered,moral polecats or who have guacamole for brains.I bump into at least one fool or jerk at every event.What blows me away is the fact that folks tend to make excuses for them until they do something really dangerous or stupid.
They're all over. Yes, I've seen them on the range (the one where they have targets) but I also see them out on the road every day. They call themselves professional drivers and they do some of the dumbest things.
Where did it say it was a comedy? But more to the point what would make it any more safer if it was a drama? Good lord??? I’ve been performing for over 35 years and when you are dealing with responsible people this sort of thing doesn’t happen.
He was a convicted felon who had no business handling a gun in the first place. Pretty self explanatory. Irresponsible attitude has already been established here. He also already had a felon (6 if you want to be technical and accurate) for the charge he was given in this case, there is too much leniency here. IMHO.
After reading this story, my husband, who has been doing quick draw shooting for about a year, said that he now feels uncomfortable about these shooting re-enactments, even though wax bullets or paper blanks are used. Once at the quick draw practice, they shot a wax bullet at a 2X4 at a ten-twelve foot distance. That "blank" pierced through the board and splintered the wood. Nasty injury from a "blank"! Whether or not it sends the wrong message or responsible re-enactors are shooting blanks, it's still dangerous. Then again, that's the message. Guns are just the tool, but the "safety" is between the ears.
What isn't dangerous. Getting behind the wheel of a car is statistically way over the examples where an idiot didn't check his gun for live rounds before a performance. I have "show" guns. They never come in contact with live ammo. The odds of having a live round found in one of my show guns is nil. Many folks use their show guns for home protection and performing. This is where the odds take a completely different route. We check our guns regularly, we don't mix live ammo and blank ammo, we use the plastic rounds or mark the brass so it is highly visible when checking takes place.
You put your seat belt on, look behind you when you back up, and you drive courteously, to reduce the likelihood of injuring yourself or others when you drive. Checking guns before you hand them to somebody else to be checked and check it again when it is handed back to you, each and every time before a performance is no different.
Between the ears is right, but too many people get lazy and cocky (reckless), and that’s when the unthinkable happens. Statistically most car accidents happen within a mile of the home, and most accidents in general happen when you are home. You are simply not paying that much attention to the details when things seem to happen the most!!
I spoke to a couple of folks that were there. It is amazing there were no serious injuries or even fatalities.
This guy should not get away with just a few years in lock-up.
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