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Freak of Nomenclature, Safety Division

A 40-year-old man in Imperial, Mo., wanted his girlfriend to understand different kinds of gun safeties. He did that by pointing different kinds of guns at his own head, and asking her whether it would fire if he pulled the trigger. The demonstration — and his life — ended when he shot himself in the head. “I was under the impression that he expected the gun he just bought to be empty,” noted his mother after the incident. “It was not empty.” His name was James Looney. (RC/St. Louis Post-Dispatch) ...Gun safety rule number one: All guns are “always loaded.”
Original Publication Date: 11 October 2009
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 16.
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