I Don’t Think “Safety” Means What They Think It Means

Hmm. Methinks someone needs to revisit the concept of “safety”:

BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – Ten people were injured Tuesday after a gun was accidentally discharged at a sportsmen’s club, according to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.


According to the sheriff’s investigation, a 69-year-old member of the club had completed a shooting session and entered the clubhouse about 7:30 p.m., according to the release. Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said in an email the member involved in the shooting is a range safety officer.

A range safety officer is a certification earned after taking training classes, according to club Treasurer Andrea Ema of Geneva.

“We have people at our club who have that certification,” Ema said.

The man was preparing to put his 12-gauge shotgun away and put a snap cap into the gun. A snap cap is used to save the firing pin of the gun while it is stored, the release stated.

The man reportedly pulled the trigger – causing the shotgun to discharge – while he had the firearm pointed at the floor, according to the release.

A live shotgun round was in the gun instead of the snap cap, according to the release.

The buckshot from the live shotgun round hit the floor and bounced up and out and hit 10 people.

Those taken to Delnor were a 31-year-old man from West Chicago, a 60-year-old man from Somonauk and a 14-year-old boy from Geneva, police said.

Well, this man at least tried to follow some kind of safety protocol. And yet … 10 people ended up going to the hospital. So, what does that tell us about gun safety? That perhaps it doesn’t exist? Or does it?

Bceause this part confused me:

Gengler confirmed in an email late Wednesday that the police investigation is closed without charges because the shooting is considered accidental.

Accidents will happen! Sorry!

So, if a certified range safety officer can accidentally send 10 people to the hospital, then maybe guns aren’t so safe at all. Or if they’re safe and it’s the people causing this injury and death, then shouldn’t some charges be filed?


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5 responses to “I Don’t Think “Safety” Means What They Think It Means

  1. deep

    It’s a TOOL Beale! I mean, if he had a screwdriver and dropped it, it could blown up have hurt 10 people too!

    (Cuz donthca know, screwdrivers are prone to spontaneous combustion!)

  2. democommie

    You want bizarre interpretations of “gunfire–it’s causes and other shit.”?

    IF there had been a robbery, rape* or some other property crime in progress and the SAME thing had happened, the accidenter would be a HERO!

    * Many gunzloonz are also misogynistic assholes and, as far as they are concened the 14th amendment only said that they couldn’t own black people, wimmens are still chattels.

  3. C B

    Every time I read one of these stories, it makes me think that the Vocabulary Police need to make a new ruling on the similarities and differences between “accident” and “negligence”.

  4. chrome agnomen

    responsible gun ownership cannot fail, it can only be failed.

    in the interests of accuracy, the story reports only 3 people being treated at the hospital. that said, i believe that charges should always be filed in cases of ‘accidental’ discharge of a firearm. as CB notes, there is nearly always the presence of negligence.

    • in the interests of accuracy….

      Good point, actually, here’s another report: four needed to go to the hospital, the rest were treated at the scene.

      A 31-year-old man from West Chicago, a 60-year-old man from Somonauk and a 14-year-old boy from Geneva were taken to Delnor Hospital after the incident along with the 69-year-old resident of St. Charles who shot the gun.

      Approximately seven other people were treated at the scene and released, police said.