But more from this article:
Eric Stayton attempted the same stunt Saturday night at his home in Chaires, where about a dozen friends and relatives were celebrating the birthdays of his sister, 39-year-old Renee Chaires, and her 23-year-old daughter, reported the Tallahassee Democrat.
Chaires, a hair stylist who would have turned 40 this week, was standing next to her daughter in the home’s carport when the 50-year-old Stayton began twirling his gun in the air.
As he attempted to holster the weapon, it slipped from his hand, struck the concrete floor, and fired.
A single shot struck Chaires in the neck, and she later died.This man was very likely a "law abiding" gun owner by the way. It only took seconds before he wasn't but apparently he will not be charged with this stupid "accidental" death. There should be no "accidental" gun discharges. People need to be very responsible with their right to own and carry guns. Why even have a holstered gun at a family party? What's to be afraid of? Leave your gun at home or safely stored when others are around. The fear and paranoia promoted by the corporate gun lobby leads people to think they must have their guns wherever they go. And if you choose to wear your gun around even at family events, keep it in the holster. What's so difficult about that?
So what's the answer? Obviously laws won't help. It a culture thing. It's a gun thing. It's an American thing. Something needs to change in the way we talk about the risks of guns in homes. Common sense needs to happen, actually. Guns are dangerous weapons designed to kill another human being. They are not toys or play things and shouldn't be used as entertainment at a family party. Too many people are dying in senseless deaths. What we are doing now is just not working. Let's get to work and make the changes we deserve to keep families and communities safe from devastating gun deaths and injuries.