65-Year-Old Man Is Accidentally Shot in Gun Store by Employee
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People who don't believe in gun control may be stunned by an incident in Silver City, New Mexico. A customer at a gun shop in the town of 10,000 was shot right in the store, by an attendant.
Police reports dub the Tuesday, November 20 event an accident, as the employee was unloading a .45-caliber handgun when he shot a customer in the back.
A 65-year-old man, whose identity hasn't been released by officials at this point, was browsing through the merchandise when he was wounded.
The store that sells guns, ammunition, bows and archery supplies is listed as a tourist attraction in the small town.
A helicopter was called in at the Hudson Street store, to transport the victim to the nearest hospital. It landed in front of the Chevron station on Hudson and took off at approximately 10:40 a.m., local newspaper Silver City Sun News
reported. The man was flown to El Paso, Texas for medical assistance.
He was examined and treated for an upper back injury, and is currently in stable condition. Police reported the Copper Country Sporting Arms accident, however prosecutors are to decide whether or not the man will face legal consequences.
“We don’t expect foul play at this point. [...] The employee has not been charged at this point. I don’t know whether he still has his job,” Police Capt. Steve Reese tells the LA Times
This is the first time an incident of this nature takes place in the town.
“In my 34 years of police work, I have never seen anyone shot in a gun store. [...] It does not happen every day, that’s for sure,” Reese comments.
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|Comment #1 by: Caine on 22 Nov 2012, 14:15 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Gun control wouldn't have changed this. unless of course if by gun control they actually mean "the complete elimination of the right to bear arms"...then it would have.
|Comment #2 by: u n owen on 22 Nov 2012, 14:18 UTC|| reply to this comment|
don't control guns ,educate the people.
|Comment #2.1 by: ED on 22 Nov 2012, 14:34 GMT|
Accidents happen. People wreck cars, people cut of fingers with saws, people shoot people. No need to implement some new ridiculous laws. Personal responsibility solves most problems
|Comment #3 by: mr B on 22 Nov 2012, 14:19 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Its said a fool and his money soon depart I said a fool with a gun is the most crazy this on earth a fool have no right to bear arms.
|Comment #3.1 by: bob on 22 Nov 2012, 14:27 GMT|
True there is no such thing as an accident with a gun, only negligence....but yuo have proven yourself a fool with your comments. People who wish us disarmed are uneducated, uninformed, and under the influence of the media. You would vote yourself into servitude rather than put forth the effort to protect your own rights, life, and property.
|Comment #3.2 by: dc on 22 Nov 2012, 14:38 GMT|
You're absolutely right, Mr. B. Let's ban all guns and cars since car accidents kill more than guns. Let's allow the criminals to have all the guns like in Mexico. That way no one is shot accidentally - all intentionally. And we don't want to allow people to be able to defend themselves. People like you scare me more than fools with guns.
|Comment #3.3 by: philco on 22 Nov 2012, 14:44 GMT|
If you are against gun ownership....don't buy one! An accident in a gun store (or anywhere else, for that matter) is JUST the kind of thing that sets off the Left-wingnuts on their self-righteous rants about 'what's best for everyone else'. You've got some gall to tell others what to do, or what they can't have. Personally, I believe that you NEED guidance and can only feel comfy and warm when EVERYONE else is 'under control'. Forget it, Bub! Go buy a gun and be prepared for when someone invades your home to steal, or rape...THAT'S comfy.
|Comment #3.4 by: Robert W on 22 Nov 2012, 14:50 GMT|
You must be either a democrat or a liberal since you are anti-gun. Here is fact..guns CAN NOT shoot themselfs. They CANNOT load theirselfs. It is the person holding the weapon that loads or shoot the weapon and kill someone. But I guess the truth will NEVER teach you anything since you are more like a person who voted for Obama
|Comment #3.5 by: KC on 09 Jan 2013, 14:57 GMT|
Funny you should mention the word fool, since YOU are the fool!!!
|Comment #4 by: rgcanes on 22 Nov 2012, 14:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
accidents happen guns are tools, if your not careful they bite just like any other tool.
|Comment #5 by: Harley on 22 Nov 2012, 14:40 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Why get so upset? This was an a freak mistake. Look how many in Mex are killed by the drug people. And if there where no gun's then they would be the only ones with them. Remember they dont care about the laws.
|Comment #6 by: american on 22 Nov 2012, 14:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
what has gun control have to do with this story? always some one who wants to take away some ones rights. when your guns are gone, what is the next right you will want to go. maybe the right to free speach. well if your free speach is to take away my rights, may be you dont under stand what rights are. how about your right to vote, no you probly dont voted so you will not miss it. how about the right to peacefull protest, no if it isnt to take away some one elses right its not in your best intrests. start with one right, how many more are you ready to give up? remember a armed citizens the goverment will fear, unarmed citizen will fear the goverment. if you dont belive that, go ask hitler & stalen
|Comment #7 by: buckmeister2 on 22 Nov 2012, 14:44 UTC|| reply to this comment|
while it may sound like splittng hairs, this was not a gun store. It is an ATV store that sells guns and ammo on the side. Perhaps if it were a real gun store, the employee would have been better trained in weapons handling. What made me laugh, though, is the silly headline about it being a gun store, the icon about gun control, and the obvious glee of the left that something like this happened.
|Comment #7.1 by: JustMyOpinion on 22 Nov 2012, 14:53 GMT|
"Copper Country Sporting Arms sells guns, ammo, bows, archery supplies and related sporting goods."
Even though you are partially right, one can say this store sells mainly arms.
|Comment #7.2 by: whalepuncher on 22 Nov 2012, 15:14 GMT|
trying to argue with liberals is like trying to play chess with pigeons...they'll knock over all the pieces, * on the board, and then strut around like they just won the game.
|Comment #8 by: jrod1957 on 22 Nov 2012, 14:49 UTC|| reply to this comment|
why was the gun loaded to begin with? this is a gun store not a range!
|Comment #9 by: Boddy B on 22 Nov 2012, 14:52 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Incorrect to be true, man was at an ATV store, not a gun store. Stupid employee was cleaning personal hand gun and failed to follow elementary safety rules. Stupid people were at fault as usual not guns.
|Comment #10 by: goatmilk on 22 Nov 2012, 14:57 UTC|| reply to this comment|
nobody calls to ban schools whenever a kid gets molested by a teacher
|Comment #10.1 by: clearthinking on 22 Nov 2012, 15:08 GMT|
nobody bans pencils when there is a missssppellled word
|Comment #11 by: Howard on 22 Nov 2012, 15:06 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This is the usual liberal nonsense. They will not rest until all of our American freedoms and rights granted under the constitution are gone. There was no reason to transform a minor news story (local), into another attack of the liberal agenda. Sick of it.
|Comment #12 by: Papa Bear on 22 Nov 2012, 15:09 UTC|| reply to this comment|
"People who don't believe in gun control may be stunned by an incident in Silver City, New Mexico". This is a very * correlation of gun control and the reported incident. Guns don't kill people; people kill people. In this case, it was the unsafe handling of the firearm which caused the accident. Could it have been avoided? Yes, with safe-handling but it did not happen. Consequently, the gun shop owners / management are in legal jeopardy.
|Comment #13 by: Ken on 22 Nov 2012, 15:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
As usual, the liberal bias against guns tries to slant the story: "People who are against gun control may be stunned..." The only thing I find stunning is how anyone could contrive a leading sentence like this one, to try to advocate the need for gun control by citing an incident like the one in this article. What needs control is biased, inaccurate reporting!
|Comment #14 by: Pagan on 22 Nov 2012, 15:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Just like a person absolutely should not drive under the influence, or text or use a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle, YOU DON'T PUT LIVE AMMUNITION IN A FIREARM UNLESS ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ARE OBSERVED! Also, Idaho has laws in effect that makes handling a firearm while under the influence of intoxicants a violation similar to DUI laws, which I fully support. Being a life-long participant in shooting sports, events like this one trouble me deeply. The anti-U.S. Constitution idiots just love this kind of thing. People, wake up, be thoughtful of the safety of the folks around you.
|Comment #15 by: dagwood on 22 Nov 2012, 15:29 UTC|| reply to this comment|
what does the issue of controlling who owns guns have to do with an accidental discharge of a firearm?
Thats like controlling who buys three ton death machines because a car ran over your foot.
|Comment #16 by: cww on 22 Nov 2012, 15:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Boy, guns sure are getting smarter. Unfortunately, people aren't. You can educate an ignorant person, but there's no cure for stupid. Have you noticed that idiots have really started coming out of the woodwork since the election?
|Comment #17 by: kbr on 22 Nov 2012, 15:31 UTC|| reply to this comment|
You should really avoid he passive tense in your writing especially the phrase "They found themselves on the bus" "He found himself in stable condition"
|Comment #18 by: DAT on 22 Nov 2012, 15:46 UTC|| reply to this comment|
There's no cure for stupidity, gun control has nothing to do with this accident.
|Comment #19 by: BOOMER on 22 Nov 2012, 15:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I THINK FIRST TIME GUN BUYERS, WHATEVER THE TYPE OF GUN, SHOULD HAVE TO GO TO A GUN HANDLING CLASS FOR SAFETY, TO ENSURE THIS KIND OF THING SHOULDNT HAPPEN. YOU ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF THE BARREL OF A GUN AWAY FROM ANYTHING YOU DONT WANT TO SHOOT..ALWAYS!
|Comment #20 by: Jim Hawk on 22 Nov 2012, 15:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
What does this story have to do with gun control? I believe in gun safety, just like I believe in drivers ed and defensive driving. Do you think of automobile control every time there is a traffic accident? I am stunned by the author's bias.
|Comment #21 by: ouch on 22 Nov 2012, 16:01 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I, at 67, have been to a few gun stores in my time. When handing me a gun, They have always checked the chamber with the gun pointing away from me and everyone else.
|Comment #22 by: boldmouth on 22 Nov 2012, 16:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Let me say number one we enjoy the right to free speech and expression. If not there wouldn't be any comments about this or any incident. Number two when our rights begin to be controlled or taken away then no one would be able to make posts like these. Unless they were politically friendly and acceptable with the Government, under UN , and European laws. Other wise they would be destroyed, just like they want to destroy our right to own firearms.
Now I support and believe in our right to bear arms as well as all our other rights. They help us to be free, as our founding fathers wished for us to be. And on this Thanksgiving day I am thankful for this.
On the store incident this is no reason for gun control, as the ammunition was to be kept separate from the firearm. In no situation should a customer or employee have access to ammunition in a store until it is purchased, and escorted out to the customer's vehicle. It is a case of policy failure that resulted in an accident. And yes the employee should be fired for ignoring the policy.
And yes the media will support this for the gun grabbers side. Not only is this right attacked, all our rights are under attack, and its up to us to fight it. For if we are disarmed, as one of the founding fathers said we will be the most pitiful people of all.
|Comment #23 by: Davyo on 22 Nov 2012, 23:19 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I wonder if the shooting victim will purchase the gun he got shot with :)
|Comment #24 by: paws on 22 Nov 2012, 23:27 UTC|| reply to this comment|
So, over 300 million people in the US,and ONE guy suffers a gunshot wound. ONE!
What,you think this is epidemic? Gun
control is needed because ONE idiot shot
a poor,unfortunate man? How many people got killed by stupid drivers,today? More
ONE in 300 million is too many,but it is ONE
in 300 million,for crying out loud.
|Comment #25 by: pat on 23 Nov 2012, 00:54 UTC|| reply to this comment|
filed under new mexico gun store accident and shooting, sounds possible .
|Comment #26 by: NM gun owner on 23 Nov 2012, 23:26 UTC|| reply to this comment|
For the record, this is a gun store. The owners sold the ATV portion a few years ago and started selling guns, ammo and archery equipment. This is disturbing to me, I taught hunter education in NM for 10 years about 10 years ago. We always taught to treat every gun as if it were loaded. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Keep your finger off of the trigger until you have identified your target. The list goes on. This is a very unfortunate event, I hope the gentleman that was injured will make a fast and total recovery.
NM also has laws pertaining to handling firearms while under the influence (Neglegent use of a firearm). This can mean having a beer with your dinner, driving home with a firearm in you vehicle and being stopped for a traffic violation.
Again, I hope the gentleman makes a speedy recovery.
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