I guess some places of worship are different. Take this Florida church, where, yesterday, a law abiding gun permit holder brought a gun to church to show someone. They went into a closet and while they were looking at the gun, it discharged. When guns discharge accidentally, there is no way to know where the bullet will end up. In this case, it ended up in the body of a 20 year old woman passing by in the hallway. She is the daughter of the church's pastor and was shot in the head. Luckily, she is still alive at this point. A big oooops for this one. From the article:
Investigators told The Associated Press that Moises Zambrana was showing his gun in a small closet to another church member interested in buying a firearm. Zambrana reportedly took out the magazine of the Reuger 9mm weapon but did not know there was a bullet in the chamber.And from another article about the shooting:
Yes. Well.....The 2 men went into the closet to "protect" church members. That didn't work out so well did it? Is there no place where private sellers won't go to sell their wares? There is something wrong with the gun culture in our country when people bring guns to church to sell. I know that the response from some of my readers will be that this guy was stupid. His behavior was dangerous. He should have known that the chamber was not empty. Do you know how many times I write about similar incidents on this blog? These are becoming more and more numerous. Why? Because we have such a cavalier attitude towards guns and gun regulations in this country that just about anyone is carrying loaded guns around in places where they have no business having them. Why bring a gun to church to sell to someone? Isn't a church a sanctity from such stuff? Isn't a church a place where we have some reverence and call for peace in our world? How can we have peace when idiots are carrying guns to church on Sunday mornings? Guns do not belong in churches for any reason. Yes, there have been occasional shootings in churches. There are occasional shootings everywhere we gather as Americans. But having more guns in these places will not make us safer. How could anyone have defended themselves against the guy in the closet who carelessly brought his gun out where a bullet discharged from it? There are just plain too many shootings- accidental or not- in this country. This one was totally senseless and avoidable. Where is common sense?Hannah Kelley, 20, was shot in the head and rushed to Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg, where she underwent surgery, the sheriff's office reported. Her condition was unknown Sunday.Church member Tony Diehl was getting his daughter from the nursery when "there was a bit of a ruckus," he said."I was shocked," he said. "This is a church where I go. I wouldn't expect something like this to happen."
After I posted this, I received another alert about this incident so I am updating the post. Here is an article with a video about the incident above. The young woman is in critical condition. I will provide more updates as they come.
UPDATE to this post: I added a comment to this post but I think this one should be an update. I received an alert about a second accidental shooting in a church- this one in Missouri. Those darned law abiding gun permit holders just don't seem to know what they're doing- literally in this case. The man whose gun fell out of his jacket pocket and discharged before hitting another man in the chest walked away from the church event without even knowing he had shot someone. Seriously folks.
Luckily the victim is going to be O.K. Good grief.The shooting occurred about 11:20 p.m. as the truck driver and victim were helping to clean up after the fundraiser. The gun, a Cobra Derringer, was in the truck driver's coat pocket. The man picked up his coat as he prepared to leave the church. The gun fell out of his pocket, hit the floor and fired. The bullet struck the victim, seated at the next table, in the back and exited through his chest.At the same time, several people were popping balloons, Banas said. One witness said she thought she heard a gun shot, but all other witnesses thought the sound came from balloons popping, Banas said.A woman found the gun on the floor and gave it to the owner as he was leaving, Banas said. He said the gun owner was unaware that the gun had fired or that anyone had been injured, but the next morning, he saw news reports that someone was shot at the fundraiser. He checked his gun and discovered an empty shell. The man went to the Wentzville police station, surrendered his weapon and gave a statement.Banas said there was no evidence that the gun owner had consumed alcohol or was intoxicated, but his statement was consistent with those of other witnesses. The man had a valid concealed weapon permit.Banas said the Cobra Derringer is commonly referred to as a "pocket pistol" because owners often carry it in their pocket. The truck driver said he was told when he bought the gun that it was safe to carry in his pocket, as long as it was not cocked.After reviewing criminal statutes and case law, prosecutors found nothing to support a criminal charge of assault, Banas said.Banas did express two concerns dealing with the law. There is no requirement that the weapon be holstered or secured properly while it is carried, he said. Also, the law does not require permit holders to take a test qualifying them to use the specific weapon they intend to carry. The law requires permit holders to qualify with a revolver and semi-automatic weapon.