Nice party?"Relatives of a woman accused of killing her best friend last week during a birthday party at Perkins Park said there is no doubt that the fatal shot was fired accidentally.Lakeisha Bell, 19, of Warren pleaded not guilty at her initial court appearance on Thursday. Her bond was set at $100,000.She is accused of fatally shooting McKayla Hopkins, 18, of Howland during an Aug. 2 celebration of Bell's 19th birthday."They loved each other. This is sad for both of them, both of their families. It hurts all of us that this happened," said Jonathan Penn, who was among several of Bell's family members, including her mom, at Thursday's proceedings.Bell was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter and carrying a concealed weapon, both felonies. However, on Thursday an additional felony charge of having a weapon under disability was also lodged against her.She waived her preliminary hearing, meaning the case will be directly presented to a Trumbull County grand jury.Police, who confirmed she turned herself in to law enforcement on Wednesday, said they believe the shooting was accidental.Hopkins died of a single gunshot wound to her torso. Funeral services for her were also held Thursday."It's really hard on all of us right now," Brenda Johnson, a Bell relative, said.Detectives were called to the birthday party after receiving reports that someone had been shot.At the time of the shooting Bell was free on $20,000 bond on another arrest. She had been charged in April with two felony counts of aggravated drug trafficking and was scheduled to appear at an Aug. 28 pretrial hearing in that case. (...) "It was a nice party. It wasn't like there was any fighting or arguing or anything going on," Penn said. "It really was an accident.""
Stupid and dangerous.
Guns are dangerous.
Where did the gun come from?
Why did this woman have a gun in the first place?
What's wrong with our system of gun ownership?
And to continue, ludicrous and dangerous law abiding gun owners also shoot off their guns "accidentally". I write about them often but can hardly keep up with the incidents. Here is another incident of a gun training "expert" accidentally discharging his gun at a class to train gun permit holders to be careful with their guns while carrying. From the article:
Remember now that my "gun guy friends" who comment on this blog love to say that most shootings happen in "gun free zones" which is their excuse for having loaded guns in all public places. And yet, most shootings seem to happen in homes with loaded guns or places where guns are allowed. Funny thing, the facts. There is nothing more to say except that guns are dangerous. The more people carry them and own them, the more bullets are going to find their way into the bodies of innocent people.Police say an instructor at a central Ohio gun safety class has accidentally shot a student.The Columbus Dispatch reports 73-year-old Terry J. Dunlap Sr. was demonstrating a handgun at a training facility on Saturday when he fired a bullet that ricocheted off a desk and into the right arm of 26-year-old Michael Piemonte.The student says the .38-caliber bullet hit him between his elbow and armpit. He says many of the students in the class were nurses who helped stabilize him before he was transported to a Columbus hospital.Piemonte tells the newspaper it appears Dunlap didn’t know the gun was loaded. Dunlap hasn’t responded to requests for comment.
Are there any "accidental shootings"? Someone is being irresponsible or stupid or dangerous with a loaded weapon designed to injure or kill another human being. This is not OK. This is the American gun culture gone wrong. When a country has over 300 million guns in circulation, bad things are bound to happen. More guns equal more injuries and deaths. It's simple. More guns have not made us safer, that's for sure. But I digress. There are more stories to tell.
More of this insanity.... A man has accidentally shot his wife:
Stupid and dangerous.A Richardson man accidentally shot his elderly wife Sunday night while the pair were watching TV, Richardson police said.Police responded to a call about the shooting at about 9:20 p.m. Sunday at a local hospital where the couple had gone for medical treatment. The couple had been sitting on the couch in their home in the 2300 block of Shady Creek Drive when the man accidentally fired his Colt .380 Mustang, Richardson police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Perlich said.A bullet struck the woman’s abdomen but did not seriously injure her. After the shooting, the couple drove to a local hospital, where police responded, Perlich said.“She was very lucky. He was lucky,” he said. “It looks like it was strictly accidental.”
Lucky? Yes indeed.
Irresponsible behavior by law abiding gun owner.
Happening more and more often.
A private gun sale ( no background check of course) went wrong when the gun discharged, injuring both the seller and the buyer:
Oops. Good ideas all the way around.... allowing employees to keep loaded guns in their cars; employees, on work time, making private gun transactions with no background checks; in this case, employees shooting each other when the gun discharged during the sale.Two employees of Sharp Communications in Huntsville, Alabama were in the business' parking lot engaging in a private handgun sale when one of the men unintentionally discharged the weapon. The bullet went through one man's hand into the other man's abdomen.The men were taken to the local hospital for treatment. Their injuries were not life-threatening.The company's CEO said the sale had nothing to do with Sharp Communications. He also noted that both men were on the clock at the time of the incident and the management was discussing how to handle the incident.Alabama just passed a new gun law allowing employees to bring loaded guns to the workplace but have to keep them in their vehicle. The law went into effect August 1st.
Stupid and dangerous.
Simple case for the need to strengthen, not weaken gun laws.
Accidents waiting to happen.
No background checks on gun sales.
What could possibly go wrong?
Guns are dangerous.
Just take a look at more of the daily carnage, some of it purposeful, some accidental on the Gun Report by Joe Nocera, the Kid Shootings blog, Walmart shootings blog and Ohh Shoot blogs. You just can't make this stuff up. Those of us who are blogging, tweeting and posting articles on Facebook pages and other media sources can hardly keep up with the shootings going on. Just this morning, I found this article about a shooting in the Minneapolis suburbs. Really. It is happening in a city near you every day. No matter what the gun rights advocates say, it is tough to make a case that we don't need to do something to prevent some of this ludicrous carnage. This is not OK. It should be alarming enough to get our politicians off of their backsides and screaming from the rafters. Do they? No. Why not? Follow the money and the insidious influence of the corporate gun lobby on public safety policy. This is not OK. This is about saving lives, nothing more, nothing less.
Where is common sense? Aren't we better than this?
I would like to add this story to my post because it says something about our gun culture. A young man pulled out his gun in a hospital maternity room an hour after his wife gave birth and shot himself in front of her. We just didn't hear stories like this in years past. When guns were kept at home for self defense or hunting, people just didn't carry their guns around in public. But because of our nation's loosened gun permit laws, now people all over America are taking guns with them to public places. And yes, the hospital has a no guns policy because they have to in order to comply with state law. They didn't use to need a no guns policy. It was understood that people weren't carrying guns around on their persons before conceal and carry laws were passed. But now, just about anyone can get a permit to carry. And carry they do. Sometimes they ignore the posted signs. But if states only gave out permits to people who could prove they needed them as most did before the corporate gun lobby exerted it's uber influence on state legislators, this guy would likely not have even thought of bringing a gun into a hospital maternity ward. True, he might have killed himself anyway or done it at home instead of in the hospital. But could this have been more awful for this young mother? How do you tell this story to the child about his or her birth? She will likely have nightmares for many years about watching her husband shoot himself right in front of her. There is a ripple effect to shootings. Homicides, suicides, or accidental shootings reach far into families and communities. Again, this is a function of our American gun culture. Too many people are carrying too many guns into too many places and tragedies are happening daily.
Sorry. One more. I am having a problem trying to decide which incident I should add here since there are so many. But let's choose this one because it is so over the top that maybe even my gun guy friends would agree there is something wrong with this guy with guns. I remind my readers that this man is a law abiding gun owner. From the article:
Authorities believe that Simione “inquired to have a person come up from El Salvador, specifically a MS-13 gang member, and offered to pay up to $150,000 to dispose of his wife, mother-in-law and brother-in-law, and child, if he did not receive custody of the child," Broward Sheriff's Office Det. Ricky Libman said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
He described Simione – who lives in Dania Beach and is the owner of Bulldog Tactical Equipment in Fort Lauderdale – as a survivalist who stores food in case there's a natural disaster or the U.S. government collapses.
“He’s made statements to me and his employees about how unhappy he is with government policy, specifically the president," said Libman, of BSO's Violent Crimes Unit.
Workers fortified Simione's home "in lieu of a SWAT or a law enforcement assault," Libman said. He described one room as "a last stand room."
“The back of the door was a silhouette of an average-sized person that would be on the outside of the door with X’s marked where to shoot at to make sure to hit a vital organ. He basically set up kill zones in his house for an assault," Libman said. "The walls were refortified, the windows were barred. It would be a nightmarish tactical situation if anybody had to actually go in there."
Simione made his first appearance before Broward Judge John Hurley Tuesday morning, where his bond was set.
"The court's very concerned on a number of levels," Hurley said. "Number one is, the court is concerned with his alleged willingness to hire a hitman to kill everyone in his family including his own child."
According to the arrest affidavit read by Hurley, Simione's wife went to the Broward Sheriff's Office on Friday to report alleged child abuse by Simione against the couple's 9-month-old child.
The wife told detectives Simione had displayed paranoid behavior recently, including violent outbursts and delusions, and had been abusing illegal steroids, Hurley said. In one of the outbursts, Simione threw their child onto a table, causing a laceration, the wife said, according to Hurley.
She also said she had seen bomb-making materials at Simione's homes in Dania and Stuart, Hurley said.
When detectives interview some of Simione's employees, they said he had become increasingly hostile and paranoid, had been regularly making threats toward his wife in front of the employees and had "expressed distaste for the U.S. government policies," Hurley said.
"The employees said you repeatedly have threatened the President of the United States, saying that he should be murdered," Hurley said.
Employees said Simione had been stockpiling firearms, ammunition and bomb-making materials and had threatened to kill anyone who attempted to arrest him or take his child, Hurley said.
Simione's employees said they had witnessed him taking steroids and had helped him reinforce his home in Dania to prevent breaches by law enforcement and had made "kill zones" if police made entry into the home, Hurley said.
One employee said he had been approached by Simione who asked whether he could help him find someone to kill his wife, their child and his wife's mother and brother, Hurley said.
Simione offered $150,000 for their deaths and "tagged each person with code names," Hurley said.
Employees said they saw a large amount of guns, ammunition and bomb-making materials in Simione's house, including threaded galvanized metal pipes, threaded pipe caps, nails, gun powder, propane cylinders, wire and batteries, Hurley said.
Simione had .50-caliber sniper rifles, automatic rifles and illegal ammunition including armor-piercing rounds, Hurley said.
According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, 68 rifles, shotguns and handguns were found in Simione's house, along with between 60,000-70,000 rounds of ammunition.
All of the guns are legally owned but were taken for safekeeping because of a protection order recently obtained by Simione's wife, the BSO said.Raise your hand if you think this is OK.