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Toddler Shot By Loaded Gun Put Out At Missouri Yard Sale

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  1. Drizzt

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    Toddler Shot By Loaded Gun Put Out At Missouri Yard Sale
    Shooting Investigation Continues

    UPDATED: 12:54 PM EDT August 16, 2004

    RICHMOND, Mo. -- A toddler was shot last week at a family yard sale in Missouri.

    Natishia Weber said she took her children to a relative's yard sale Thursday, not giving a second thought that her 21-month-old daughter, Danielle, was safe playing with friends in a tent.

    An Iowa farmer stopped by a short time later and picked up a .22-caliber rifle that was for sale. Thinking it was unloaded, he pulled the trigger. A bullet richocheted off a barrel and pierced Danielle's left arm, elbow to wrist.

    "It's a freak accident, but it never should have been a freak accident," grandfather Mike Weber said.

    Danielle was rushed to a Kansas City, Mo., hospital for treatment. Three days later she was able to go home.

    "(The doctor) said, 'I don't know how she lived through all of this. She's a miracle baby because it didn't hit any bone, nerves or anything,'" Natishia Weber recalled.

    The family is thankful the injury wasn't worse, but they are mindful of what happened.

    "If there was a bullet in the chamber, they should have known there was a bullet in the chamber before the gun went out there," Mike Weber said.

    Ray County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting as an accident. No charges are expected.
     
  2. TechBrute

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    Am I the only person in the world that has never seen a gun at a yard sale?
     
  3. deej

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    Wow, this guy managed to break all four rules at once! Way to go!

    :rolleyes:

    Glad the kid's going to be ok. Not her fault she was surrounded by morons.
     
  4. countertop

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    Both the farmer who fired it and the jerk who put a loaded gun out at the yard sale ought to be seriously punished.


    however, its not the first time I've heard of loaded guns being sold. A good friends father has a dam fine impressive collection of old (revolutionary and War of 1812 era) rifles. He's probably got close to 50 or 60 of them by know and has spent a good part of the last 40 years scouring the rural countrysides throughout the midatlantic and new england for these and other weapons.

    He has, on more than once occaision, found people willing to sell grandpa's (or great great grandpas as the case may be) junky old rifle for next to nothing and not realize that the thing was kept loaded and had been hanging in the garage or the barn loaded for 50, 60 70, 100 + years.

    He's REAL careful when he picks them up, and over the years has bought tons of junk, but the 50 or 60 treasures he has found have more then compensated for the efforts undertaken.
     
  5. El Tejon

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    "I've been around guns all my life. I don't need no fancypants ejamakashun!"

    ALL guns are ALWAYS loaded, even those found at yard sales.
     
  6. mtnbkr

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    If my daughter were in that situation, there would be an ex-farmer, likely crippled. As Pinhead put it in Hellraiser, "his suffering would be legendary...". :fire:

    Chris
     
  7. Snowdog

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    I guess had it been your child, there also would be an ex-relative, likely crippled... :rolleyes:

    Don't let emotions get the better of you; cool-headed logic will never steer you wrong.
     
  8. joe sixpack

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    Wow.

    It's a wonder we aren't all dead through our stupidity.
    I seriously question how I ever made it through HS.

    cheers, ab
     
  9. gbran

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    Need new law

    to close the yardsale loophole........... for the chilren.
     
  10. tyme

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    Aggravated assault for the farmer, hopefully.
    Reckless endangerment for both the farmer and the owner, hopefully.

    Idiots, both of them.
     
  11. Shootcraps

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    When I was about 15 I went to a yard sale in Ohio and the people had some guns for sale. Picked up a revolver and started checking it out. At that time, I hadn't formulated my 4th rule of safe gun handling:

    EVERY TIME you pick up a gun, open the action and make sure it's empty.

    But I did know:

    Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

    I didn't pull the trigger, but I was pointing it at a tree. Then I pulled it back to look at it, and noticed the cartridges in the cylinder.

    I told the woman having the yard sale, "Hey this is loaded". She almost sh*t a brick. Got her husband to unload it.
     
  12. captain obvious

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    No, techbrute, you're not. I keep hearing about increadible deals at yard sales, about some old lady who sells late 19th century lever rifles for $10 a piece - nowhere to be found.
     
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    Yeah, that story must be fake. The legend of the gun at the garage sale has never materialized for me....
     
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    well, to be fair, he probably thought the barrel *was* a safe direction to point the thing.

    unless he aimed at an iron binding...
     
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    A) I, too have never heard of a yardsale with guns.

    B) I thought all guns were always loaded...
     
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    Moron. I'm sorry but whoever's responsible deserves to get put in jail or sued on this one.
     
  17. MAKOwner

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    Entirely avoidable in more ways than one in this situation yes, but still an accident that isn't that freakish IMO... I for one don't see the "severely punished" and jailtime being at all inline for this or most other accidental shootings, but that's just me...
     
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    thats a horrible accident.
     
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    Almost bought a Glock at a tag sale one time. The woman was running a small, individual sale in rural Connecticut, and the gun was in the box on a table. I was new to CC and wasn't sure of the legalities, but after the major tap dance I had to go through to get my license I remember thinking that there might be some legal considerations to selling a handgun to someone off the street.

    I'd like to think that at the least someone would know not to point a firearm at anything that they don't want to put a hole in. :what:

    I realize that he shot a barrel, but pulling the trigger without checking the chamber!!!! That's stupid, not an accident. Lucky girl.
     
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    The most dangerous and foolhardy of assumptions for anyone to make. :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
     
  21. cracked butt

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    The only positive thing about this story was that it was a .22 and the bullet didn't hit anything vital. It could have been much worse- an old mauser 98 that the sellers dad or grandpa brought back or even a shotgun.

    I believe the only reason the man wasn't clubbed to death with the rifle is that there was a toddler who was shot that needed to be attended to.

    This whole thing makes me really sick to my stomach.:barf:
     
  22. Ukraine Train

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    I saw a Lorcin .380 for sale at a garage sale once. The people were telling me how great it is...
     
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    Techbrute....no, I have never seen a gun at a yard sale either. Kinda sucks too, as I expect one and still keep looking.
     
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    Irresponsible behavior on the part of the farmer and criminally neglegent behavior on the part of the "relative".


    Yes, I have seen guns for sale at yard sales and flea markets and yes some have been screaming deals, but that's always rare.
     
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    Firearms at yard / garage sales are not uncommon here. I've personally sold one that way and seen a few dozen for sale in my 30 years.
     
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