October 24, 2011
Two Reminders of the Importance of Firearms Safety In The Field
By Chad Love
Two reminders today--one tragic, the other stupid--of how vigilant we all must be when it comes to firearms safety in the woods.
First, a Michigan duck hunter died after being accidentally shot by his 10-year-old son.
From this story in the Chicago Tribune:
A 39-year-old Lapeer man was accidentally shot and killed by his 10-year-old son while duck hunting in a Michigan wildlife area. The Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe reports Friday that the boy shot Sean Monschau while continually firing a shotgun Thursday morning. State police did not release any more details of the case and say the shooting remains under investigation. Monschau had taken his son to hunt in the Fish Point State Wildlife Area near Unionville, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit in Tuscola County. The shooting occurred about 7:45 a.m. Thursday.
And then there's this...
From this story on dailyfreeman.com:c
Police say a 20-year-old man suffered shotgun wounds after he made animal noises to scare friends in dark woods, prompting one of them to open fire. Sgt. Tina Stanton of Manlius Police tells the Syracuse Post-Standard that Stephen Comrie of Manlius was walking through the woods to a bonfire party around 11:30 Saturday night when he and another man decided to play a prank on the group around the fire. They crouched down and made animal noises for several minutes. Stanton says 21-year-old Jeremy Messina fired his shotgun, striking Comrie in the face, forearm, chest and thigh. The victim walked out of the woods to get hospital treatment. Messina was charged Sunday with felony reckless endangerment. Police didn't know if he has a lawyer.