Congratulations, FL Man! You Are Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour!

From the annals of responsible gun ownership, Florida-style:

A stunt from a 90s Western movie went horribly wrong when a Florida man tried to reenact elaborate gunplay — and shot and killed his sister during her birthday party.

Eric Stayton took a cue from the 1993 flick “Tombstone,” in which actor Michael Biehn, as Johnny Ringo, twirls his pistol during a barroom showdown with Val Kilmer, playing Doc Holliday.

Stayton turned the birthday celebration into a crime scene Saturday night when he accidentally shot his sister, 39-year-old Renee, Chaires, while she was standing next to her 23-year-old daughter and surrounded by about a dozen friends and relatives, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Both Chaires, a hair stylist, and her daughter were celebrating their birthdays.

Stayton was twirling his gun in the air, and as he attempted to put the weapon in his holster, it slipped from his hand, struck the concrete floor and fired.

I guess this time they can blame Hollywood movies and they’d be partially correct.

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11 responses to “Congratulations, FL Man! You Are Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour!

  1. Joseph Stans

    There is no background check for stupid.

  2. Mike G

    Why exactly was the gun loaded during this stunt — was he afraid that “armed thugs” might storm the party and he needed to be ready at all times?
    BTW putting guns into holsters seems to be a leading cause of nimrods accidentally shooting themselves.

    • CB

      …yes. That is, when they’re not putting them into, or getting them out of, their pants’ pockets.

      I know this jackwad is going to be haunted by this for the rest of his life, and he pretty much deserves to be. That’s a hard thing to say. Doesn’t make it any less true.

      • Joseph Stans

        Unfortunately, along with not being able to imagine the consequences of his actions he also lacks any concern for other people. The person died in a terrible accident that involved him but was not his fault. He’ll be fine. You cannot discount the capacity of these people for nearly infinite self-delusion.

  3. Why is it so hard to understand that guns are not toys?

    • It would probably be easier to convince people of that if there weren’t a concerted advertising campaign with the message that guns are toys. There toy guns for kids of all ages, and very little social disapproval for passing them out to kids as soon as they know to ask for them. Then the gun industry gets into it and tries to sell shooting guns as a fun family activity, complete with toy-like guns in bright, gender-stereotyped colors for the kids. It’s a hard fight to convince people that guns are serious business in the face of that.

      • Saw an article about “gun tourism” — of the type that prompted a New Jersey family to take their 9-y-o Uzi shooting in Arizona — being on the rise.

      • I know but… they still are what they are. And I thought lethality was part of the appeal. It’s just weird that people can hold those two opposing thoughts (crime stopping magic death stick + fun toy for the whole family) in their head at the same time. I shouldn’t be bemused by this, but I am

      • I think you’re underestimating the power of the “magic” part of “magic death stick”. People genuinely believe that guns will do exactly what they want them to do. They can carry them around all the time without ever having accidents, and if a bad guy shows up, they’ll be able to kill him with one shot. That image of guns as magical, totally reliable dispensers of violence is exactly what the gun manufacturers are selling.

  4. And then you have the thousands and thousands of hours of video and film recording the shooting by the various militias, militaries and cops in every country in the world that has gunz. I’ve seen many hours of live-action shooting by people who are, by definition, “trained professionals” in the practice of shooting gunz and they have a hard time controlling them.