CC Shoots Self in Leg, Calls it an Accident
Russ Chastain 10.23.15
The headline reads, “Accidental shooter in Salina theater knows guns”
No. No, I don’t think he does.
This is a guy who, while fumbling in his pants pocket in a movie theater, fired the pistol that was in that pocket. Fortunately, he shot himself and nobody else.
A video interview of this shining star of concealed carry begins with him saying, “I just had an accident. Accidents happen to everybody.”
This takes me back to when I was a child, and I would do something wrong. Maybe not intentionally, but like any kid I would break something or otherwise mess up. Called to the carpet, I used the standard excuse that makes everyone blameless: “It was an accident.”
There! No one is to blame. It was a mysterious thing called “accident,” in which nobody is at fault and personal responsibility evaporates.
Dad never bought it, though. His standard response: “There’s no such thing as an accident.”
Translation: Someone is responsible for it.
So when I watched the self-shooter talk about “accidents,” I knew he was doing, as an adult, what I once did as a child: Copping out.
When the gun fired, the bullet entered his thigh. Witnesses heard him shout, “I’ve been shot!” and “I just got my conceal carry license.”
Our genius denies those exclamations.
He did take a little responsibility:
I’d say my biggest mistake here was probably I didn’t have a holster. And that is on me, for sure.
But the story wraps up with the suggestion that the gun itself may have been at fault:
Deneault says the Salina police still have his gun right now. When he gets it back he’s going to have it checked out just in case the accident was because of a manufacturing problem and not simply operator error.
Told that the theater was supposed to have been a “gun-free zone,” he dodged again, saying he didn’t see the signs and that he wasn’t the only person carrying a gun in the theater.
Perhaps saddest of all, his child may never benefit from a father who believes in personal responsibility.
Stories like this make all gun owners look bad. And I hate that.
What do you think?