N.C. man hit by stray bullet shot half a mile away


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Drizzt
January 7, 2003, 09:31 AM
N.C. man hit by stray bullet shot half a mile away

The Associated Press

'It felt like about 50,000 volts hit me right in the leg.'

Ernest Huskins shooting victim


Every year, young people get guns as Christmas gifts, often small-caliber rifles for hunting game.

Every year between Christmas and New Year's, Burke County authorities say, residents hear guns popping and sometimes find bullet holes in their cars, storage sheds and homes.

Last week, a Burke County man was shot in the leg by a 17-year-old half a mile away. The boy had received a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle as a Christmas present, sheriff's deputies said.

Ernest Huskins, 52, was working inside his welding and machine shop Dec. 30 when he heard something hit the side of the building. He thought some children were throwing rocks at the building.

He walked outside to investigate, turned a corner, and a bullet hit his right thigh.

"It felt like about 50,000 volts hit me right in the leg. I don't know if you've ever been shocked by electricity, but my whole right leg just went numb," Huskins said from his home, where he was recovering. "I really didn't know what to think."

He hid behind some parts for about a minute then hopped inside on his good leg and told his wife to call 911. Deputies later found five holes in the shop's wall.

Deputies planned to consult this week with prosecutors, who will decide whether to charge the boy, sheriff's Lt. John Suttle said. Authorities declined to identify the boy pending the decision.

They also urged people to keep close watch on young people when they're shooting.

"They're new, they're toys, they want to play with 'em," Suttle said. "If you're just some idiot shooting into the trees or just shooting at a target in your yard, you're being negligent, in my opinion. But there's no charge for stupidity. I wish there was."

Huskins' injury wasn't life-threatening, and he was released from an Asheville, N.C., hospital early last week.

The bullet slammed into his right femur and shattered into about 15 pieces that doctors decided to leave in; they said surgery to remove the bits would do more harm than good. Huskins realizes how lucky he is, but he's still angry.

"My personal feeling is 17-year-olds don't have any business with guns in the first place, and if they do, they certainly shouldn't be allowed to shoot it in a residential or business area," he said.

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/local/4884052.htm

This doesn't help us any when people get stupid like this.....

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DHH
January 7, 2003, 11:29 AM
I believe this is one case of stupidity that can result in charges.
Also find it hard to believe the Lt. referred to the rifle as a toy.

Bad gun handling...bad training...a number of bad comments!

DH

Mauserlady
January 7, 2003, 11:45 AM
"They're new, they're toys, they want to play with 'em," Suttle said.

:banghead: :fire: :banghead:

PATH
January 7, 2003, 11:49 AM
Whatever happened to"know your target and what is beyond"?

BLiTzNicK
January 7, 2003, 11:58 AM
Whatever happened to"know your target and what is beyond"?

Unfortunately thanks to the media, guns have become taboo to the point that talking about "gun safety" is like giving the "birds & bees" speech.

rbrowning
January 7, 2003, 03:04 PM
What ever happened to "You are responsible for your actions"? If said seventeen yead old had hurt someone with a car he would be found negligent. If the person dies he would be charged with manslaughter. What is different with him being responsible for his actions with a gun?

You know, the only gun control law we need is "You are responsible for the consequences of your actions". If some one acts inappropriatly, let the penalty be swift and severe, but let those that act responsibility enjoy their freedom.

4v50 Gary
January 7, 2003, 03:12 PM
O.K. to give guns as gifts to kids but the kid must be taught safe and responsible firearms handling. We're not in the 1700s anymore (even then safety was taught).

TheActor
January 7, 2003, 06:26 PM
The parents should be charged. The kid should be put through a hunter's safety course at the parent's expense.

Greybeard
January 7, 2003, 09:32 PM
Coincidently, I had a phone call today from a Mom asking about getting a "gun safety class" for her 14-year old son and his two friends. One of 'em had intentionally shot her son with a CO2 BB gun. Broke the skin, but nothing as serious as post above. All kids parents involved were directed to DCSA web site, so I will likely be seeing them soon in a NRA First Steps or Hunter Ed. class. Because of their age (under 15), the policy at our place says that the parents must stay for the full course ;) whether a student or not. :D

BlackArrow
January 7, 2003, 10:12 PM
Open carry and concealed carry possible. We don't need another law "the parents should be ....." Anyone who gives a gun to a kid should be responsible for training but we already have 20,000 plus laws, you wanna make another one? It is your moral responsibility. All of my children know safe firearm handling. I say a better option is to take a picture of the idiot who didn't train the kid (or the school system that didn't allow the NRA program) and put he or she on the front page, with a village idiot line under his or her picture!:D This will obviously be a major civil suit on behalf of the aggreived. He can hire Senator Edwards and get a multimillion dollar settlement (of which Edwards will get 40-60%). This settlement will allow Edwards to complete his bid to become the VP candidate for Hillary and pass more "reasonable" gunlaws.:cuss:

Blackhawk
January 7, 2003, 10:44 PM
:banghead: :cuss: :fire: :scrutiny:

Nuts! Parental stupidity just torques me somthin' awful....

waterdog
January 9, 2003, 10:08 PM
That kid needs a swift kick in a**.

And his parents should be financially responsible for this mans medical bills.

waterdog

Justin
January 9, 2003, 10:29 PM
I can see holding the parents to be partially negligent for not teaching him proper safety rules, but that still doesn't excuse the behavior of the 17 year old son.

Seems to me that if you're 17, you're old enough to know better, and should therefore be held responsible for your actions.

TheeBadOne
January 10, 2003, 02:54 AM
I think it's safe to say this dolt didn't have firearms safety training........at least I hope he didn't. :scrutiny:

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