An appreciation day, for guns. Only in America, where Guns, for many, are King.
But, if the gun advocates behind the first ever Gun Appreciation Day, Saturday, January 19, had hoped to use the day’s festivities to build support for their anti-regulation platform, they are going to have to wait another year.
At the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, North Carolina Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, North Carolina, emergency personnel had to be called after a gun accidentally discharged and shot three people.
Now, let's remember, it was an accident, this shooting by a responsible gun owner simply taking the gun out of its case.
And then, there were two similar incidents occurred at entirely separate gun shows, one outside Cleveland, Ohio and the other in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the Ohio incident, another, presumably responsible, gun owner was taken to the hospital by EMS, while in Indiana, another, hopefully responsible gun owner, shot himself in the hand while trying to reload his gun in the parking lot.
Five people shot during the first ever Gun Appreciation Day.
Accidents happen, I know that, but, with the NRA and the more rabid gun owners continually spouting their mantra of more guns being the solution to gun violence, I wonder how many more people might have died when that gun went off while being removed from its case. What if another, so -called, responsible gun owner, standing nearby, heard those shots and began firing? What is another gun owner in that Indianapolis parking lot heard that gunshot and began shooting?
What if ..... fifteen-year-old Nathan Griego, who neighbors said often wore “nothing but camouflage” and wanted to be in the army, didn't have access to military-style assault weapons, in addition to other weapons, on Gun Appreciation Day?
Well, his parents, Greg and Sarah Griego, and their three other children, Zephania, age 9, Jael, age 5, and Angelina, age 2, would not have been fatally shot in their home.
What if .... ?
Gun Appreciation Day.
At least ten people wounded, and killed, by guns. Only in America.