Thursday, November 01, 2007

Did I read this right? The latest hunting accident

Reading an article in this morning's Trib about the recent accidental shooting of a hunter by his 9-year-old nephew, a couple of things made me scratch my head:
Finn Gillman said his brother was an experienced hunter. "It's not like he didn't know what he was doing," he said. "It's not like he wasn't safe with a gun. If I had a dollar bill for every shot he's fired, I'd be a millionaire."

The issue doesn't seem to be whether the elder Gillman was safe with a gun; it's whether a young child was safe with a gun. And yes, I know, it was an accident, and we've recently seen that adults can have accidents with guns, too. To me, that's like letting a 9-year-old drive, and then shrugging off an accident because adults have car accidents, too. It's still a substantial increase in risk. (Note to legislature: this is not a suggestion to let 9 year olds drive.)

Chad Gillman raised game birds and charged customers to visit his home to shoot pheasants and chukars, Finn Gillman said. He also raised horses and dogs.

"He's always been an animal lover," Finn Gillman said.

Umm...

6 comments:

Misty Fowler said...

There was a time when a kid got his first (real, not b.b.) gun around the age of 9. But, gun safety wasn't an hour long class back then, either.

Anonymous said...

You can pretty much fuck off

Voice of Utah said...

Anonymous: I take that response as an acknowledgment of my points.

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Anonymous said...

I'm the so called "9" year old now 16 and I was 10 when the accident happened. I guarantee that I know how to handle a vehicle and a weapon better than 70% of the people in Utah. Like letting a 9 year old drive? Im probably a better driver than the person that wrote this article. Next time you write an article, maybe try to investigate it instead of throwing random things into it and making the story sound horrible. It's hard enough still today I think about it and reading articles like this makes me furious. Thanks for making my life that much worse