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Man accidentally shot in the ankle at local gun show

January 8, 2013

A Parkersburg man was shot in the ankle Sunday at a gun show at the Comfort Inn in Marietta. Though the incident is still under investigation, it's being regarded as an accident, said Capt....

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Jan-08-13 8:40 AM

You know - as a gun owner and (partial) advocate, I got to say, it's stuff like this that really DOES make me lean toward various regulations, checks, and idiot tests (to an extent). Just suppose the gun had been angled higher, and it was while I and my sons were there...

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Jan-08-13 9:01 AM

And they want to put guns in schools!

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Jan-08-13 9:32 AM

Why would anyone need to have a loaded gun at a gun show? Accidents happen, but why set things up like this?

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Jan-08-13 10:02 AM

Do ya 'spose it was his cc weapon( just kiddin')? scary!

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Jan-08-13 10:13 AM

for the record, the gun mentioned is a "semi-automatic", not an "automatic" which would make it a "machine-pistol"

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Jan-08-13 10:21 AM

probably friends of waites or one of the ociffers involved otherwise I would expect them to get creative with charges.

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Jan-08-13 10:22 AM

Why was the gun loaded anyway? Certainly is evidence that more education before handling a gun is needed!

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Jan-08-13 10:54 AM

Clearly they don't have the same safety requirements at gun shows down there. At any gun show I've ever attended, any gun coming into the show is checked by security at the door, and "Zip tied" through the action. No loaded firearms are allowed in the show.

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Jan-08-13 1:39 PM

And that, stickhauler, is my quandary. Of course I believe in the right to own firearms, but without SOME kind of CONSISTENCY of regs, what is to stop far more tragic consequences. Everyone has the right to become a surgeon, but you cant just go around operating on people until you have been educated, tested, and licensed. (Incidently, this is my problem with the NRA - they're making EVERY gun owner look like a freak, and giving those gun owners with a brain and common sense a bad name through guilt by association)

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Jan-08-13 7:21 PM

Accidents happen people!

He could have just as easily been hit by a car in the parking lot on his way in. People are educated on how to operate motor vehicles?

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Jan-08-13 8:54 PM

For the record Stickhauler, I ventured out to that gun show for a bit of comedic relief. The first dude I came to was doing just that, zip tied weapons. The 2nd person, a woman was collecting the cash...... I have to agree that I too don't understand why a bunch of dealers amongst themselves felt it necessary to be armed, while everyone else was wandering around with zip tied weapons.

But on a positive, the place was hopping with people.

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Jan-09-13 1:04 AM

A few years back a man was accidently shot at a military recruiting station in Marietta. I can't imagine more training with the men involved. Accidents do happen, the timing is VERY unfortunate, but I don't think any arguments for gun control can be made from this incident.

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Jan-09-13 10:00 AM

Ceejay, newworld! Ur both righton! The fools tell us we need more armed people! Fools!

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Jan-09-13 2:45 PM

Ceejay, if that's really your feelings about the NRA, you're listening to the anti-gun crowds "vision" of it. I'm a proud Life Member, at Endowment Level, and can tell you the media's portrayal of the NRA is prue fabrication.

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Jan-09-13 3:25 PM

I'm not going by the media! The people who bring us MSNBC, American Idol, or Fox News?? Please! I know a number of NRA and former NRA members (a chunk of my family and neighbors, for starters), and i feel they are more caught up in the hype than the practicality. Be realistic - no one is actually trying to take our guns away, the Mayans were wrong, and GW Bush didnt really order the 9/11 attacks. The NRA are like PETA. They go out of their way to be wronged (or contrive them), so they can be offended and indignant. If their lobbying was actually effective, why are they convinced the politicians will take our guns? They're not - they just need a cause to violated against.

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Jan-09-13 10:39 PM

Thegreek, if you know a Life Member, ask them to sponsor you. The NRA is offering Life Memberships for $300.00 right now if a Life Member calls and gives their Member Number.

ceejay, our government has already taken gun rights from us, whether you want to recognize it or not. The ATF has stopped the import of foreign made firearms if they deem it doesn't meet their criteria of it being used for "sporting purposes." Our state department stopped the import of thousands of M-1 Carbines owned by the South Korean government. They claimed "drug gangs" would buy them up. Which defies logic, .30 caliber carbine ammo isn't nearly as cheap as the usual preferred gang use, 9mm Luger.

And, the UN Small Arms Treaty is real, they just haven't hammered out the details yet.

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Jan-09-13 10:48 PM

ceejay, if you know anything about the legislative process, you know that anything that happens in Congress (or on the state and local level) has advocates for both sides of any issue. You think anti-gun groups don't have people who lobby lawmakers?

No money from membership dues go to lobby lawmakers, donations to the NRA-ILA pay for those efforts. The NRA contributed major funding to both the McDonald vs. Chicago case, as well as Heller vs. Washington D.C.

You might view the NRA's efforts to fight for our rights, that's your opinion. It's an uninformed opinion, IMHO.

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