Occasionally on Laughing in Disbelief I’ll share a true news story. This is one of those days, Disbelievers. During discussion about guns in church, man accidentally shoots himself, wife: Police is the real deal. It’s a tale of God, guns, and faith.
The incident occurred in a Tennessee church. The faithful were enjoying a pre-Thanksgiving lunch. And as you would expect the conversation drifted to the very Jesusy topic about the role guns play in church.
Things went downhill after that. Polic department chief Russ Parks relates what happened next.
The 81-year-old man took his handgun out of his pocket, removed the magazine, cleared the weapon and handed it to other churchgoers who wanted to see it, Parks said.
Yeah, you read that right — the 81-year-old.
Grandad with a Gun mentioned he takes his weapon everywhere.
That should make us all feel safe.
After showing off the gun, he reloaded and reholstered it.
Whew! No one got hurt! Praise the Lord!
Wait for it…
Wait for it…
When another man came over and asked to see the weapon, the man pulled his gun back out of his pocket and accidentally hit the trigger, firing one round, Parks said.
The round went through the owner’s hand and then hit his wife who happened to be in a wheelchair.
Yup. She was shot while being in a wheelchair, at church, by her husband.
In this case user error is not a crime.
“This was an accident. It was not intentional,” Parks said. “It just slipped his mind that he recharged the weapon.”
Slipped his mind.
And that’s just one of the reasons why our monkey brains and guns don’t mix. Our brains are like bags full of confused and angry squirrels. Even the most competent bag of confused and angry squirrels will make a mistake every once in a while.
And if that mistake is with a gun, then something deadly can easily happen.
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Andrew Hall is the author of Laughing in Disbelief. Besides writing a blog, co-hosting the Naked Diner, he wrote two books, Vampires, Lovers, and Other Strangers and God’s Diary: January 2017 . Andrew is reading through the Bible and making videos about his journey on YouTube. He is a talented stand-up comedian. You can find him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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