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Bubba's helpin' the cause, blows hand off...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by erik the bold, Oct 14, 2004.

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  1. erik the bold

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    From the Detroit Free Press
    http://www.freep.com/news/metro/policebrief14e_20041014.htm

    Police brief of the week

    October 14, 2004

    By Joel Thurtell

    Taylor, Mi

    Hand blown off; beer no factor, man says (emphasis added)

    A 42-year-old man who blew his left hand off while testing a black powder rifle Oct. 1, told police from his hospital bed that the half-gone, still-cold 40-ounce bottle of beer they found in his driveway only came into play while he was waiting for an ambulance following the mishap.

    The victim told police that before he accidentally triggered the explosion, he had used half a can of beer for cooking batter.

    Next door to the accident in the 6100 block of Gulley, here's how events unfolded for a 37-year-old neighbor who was playing basketball.

    A few minutes before midnight, the neighbor heard "a big boom" and called to his neighbor to see whether he was OK, according to the police report.

    "No, help me, I blew my hand off," the victim said.

    The 37-year-old and another neighbor ran to help and found the victim "holding his left arm," the report said. "The victim's hand was barely attached."

    At Detroit Receiving Hospital, the victim told police he was testing the gun and it "exploded into pieces."

    Police also noted a bullet hole in the top of the garage door. The bullet had knocked out and splintered part of the wooden door frame, according to the report.

    :cuss:
     
  2. middy

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    Hmmmm... I think I'd need a beer at that point, too.
     
  3. 41mag

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    That's just too funny!:evil:
     
  4. R.H. Lee

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    In Michigan, no less. So this stuff doesn't always happen in the South.
     
  5. erik the bold

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    That's why the city's knickname is "Taylor-Tuckey" (many appologies to the fine folks in KY, I'm just repeating what I heard.......)

    Kinda like, "Hey y'all, check this out!!"
     
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    I think he should have stayed in the kitchen.
     
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    Just have to toss this in. The traditional call of the rednecks:

    "Hey y'all, hold my beer and watch this!"
     
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    Thats about the time most sane people head the other direction :rolleyes:
     
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    Testing a BP rifle in a residential area a few minutes before midnight.:scrutiny:
    How much ya wanna bet the '40' clouded his judgement enough to dump smokeless powder down the barrel?
    Too bad he didn't fire it from the hip. He could have been up for a Darwin then.:D
     
  10. Bart Noir

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    It's midnight.

    He's trying to sleep.

    Neighbors are playing hoop-ball, loudly.

    I can see how the guy wanted to do some shooting.

    I just can't see how he managed to get into the house, grab the beer, run back out, and guzzle half before the neighbors came running over. But, I wasn't there.

    Bart Noir
     
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    heck, if I had just blown off my hand that'd have been a half empty bottle of vodka:p
     
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    I'm guessing smokeless powder was somehow involved in the "Testing" procedure!
     
  13. cthulhu138

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    No way. That's when you get about 20 feet back and get ready to run.
     
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    Wanna see me run a sub-1-minute mile?

    (50+ years old, bad knees, lousy hip joints, and 1 big toe that doesn't flex)

    Start with.....

    "Hey Foggy, Hold my beer & watch this...."
     
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    Funny????

    I find it hard to believe that anyone could find this funny. Doesn't matter what the accident is, how uneducated the subject is related to firearms, it is still a sad event. At the very least, he is a member of the firearms community and deserves sympathy. Seems to me that it is kind of heartlesss of someone to laugh when someone is seriously injured. A reasonable comment on possible causes, or subject's lack of safety observation would be appropriate. But funny?? Those comments make a statement in themselves.
    :(
     
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    The intention of this post was a commentary on the aforementioned jack:cuss: for helping the anti's cause; fueling the notion that, "See? Firearms owners are a bunch of drunken bubbas!"

    Hope he gets the full prosecution treatment.
     
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    So, Erik the Bold, don't you think he was punished enough??? God almighty!!!!!
     
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    Well physically sure. A certain (read large) amount of savage heckling is also to be expected when one pulls a dumb-a stunt.

    That's the phase we're in now. :p
     
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    In a word, No. This in-duh-vidual could possibly be charged with up to one felony and five civil/misdemeanor charges, not including disturbing the peace. Blowing his hand off (note that the article doesn't say if they were able to save the hand) is immaterial to the issue of their irresponsible behavior.

    Potential list:
    750.237 Liquor or controlled substance; possession or use of firearm by person under influence

    752.863a Reckless, wanton use or negligent discharge of firearm

    750.234b Intentionally discharging firearm at dwelling or occupied structure as felony

    752.861 Careless, reckless or negligent use of firearms

    752.862 Careless, reckless or negligent use of firearms; property damage
     
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    Bill Clinton must be smiling: "Midnight Basketball"
     
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    Bit of a legal gray area there as a BP weapon is not a firearm. Dangerous weapon for sure but not legaly a firearm.
     
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    In Michigan, a firearm is defined in the
    Firearms Laws of Michigan as follows:

    8.3t “Firearm†defined.
    Sec. 3t. The word “firearmâ€, except as otherwise specifically defined in the statutes, shall be construed to include any weapon from which a dangerous projectile may be propelled by using explosives, gas or air as a means of propulsion, except any smooth bore rifle or handgun designed and manufactured exclusively for propelling BB’s not exceeding .177 calibre by means of spring, gas or air.
    History: Add. 1959, Act 189, Imd. Eff. July 22, 1959
     
  23. Zach S

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    So 6mm airsoft guns are firearms...
     
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    In Michigan, apparently so, since they can fire plastic or metal 6mm BB's at more than 400 FPS (some models). Interesting to note that many I have seen do not have the federally mandated orange tips used on "toys"
     
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    I don't think it's funny at all. Rather, he violated several rules of safe gun handling. Muzzle control & no alcohol. :(
     
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