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Man Shoots Self After Spotting Skunk
UPI ^ | Oct. 4, 2010

Posted on 10/04/2010 10:07:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Police in Florida said a man attempting to take care of a skunk on his friend's property accidentally shot himself in the hand and face while loading a rifle.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office said the 31-year-old Sarasota man was at a friend's house Friday night and attempted to load a .22-caliber rifle after they spotted a skunk in the yard, the Bradenton (Fla.) Herald reported Monday.

Police said the man, who did not know there was already a round in the chamber, had his right hand on the barrel when he accidentally hit the trigger and a bullet injured his fingers and lodged itself in his left cheek.

The sheriff's office said the man's injuries did not appear life threatening and he was alert when they arrived on the scene.


TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: algore; gunsafety; napl; skunks
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1 posted on 10/04/2010 10:07:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Update: This man was taught gun safety by Al Gore.


2 posted on 10/04/2010 10:07:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Slings and Arrows

Skunk 1 - Man 0


3 posted on 10/04/2010 10:08:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Hold muh beer and my severed fingers and watch this.


4 posted on 10/04/2010 10:12:24 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: nickcarraway

Man shoots self after he found out that he voted for Obama!


5 posted on 10/04/2010 10:20:11 PM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: nickcarraway

THIS gun is loaded.
This GUN is loaded.
This gun IS loaded.
This gun is LOADED.


6 posted on 10/04/2010 10:23:30 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: nickcarraway
"Police said the man, who did not know there was already a round in the chamber, had his right hand on the barrel when he accidentally hit the trigger and a bullet injured his fingers and lodged itself in his left cheek."

I'm trying to picture how this happened and for some reason I just can't.

7 posted on 10/04/2010 10:25:10 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: MediaMole
Y'know, living in such close proximity to Florida, I have to tell you that there truly is a disproportionate amount of Darwin Award candidates living in that state. I mean, they are nucking futs. I can spot someone with a Florida driver's license just from being a half mile behind them on the freeway. As beautiful as the state is, it's also like some cosmic lab experiment exploring stunted intellectual development. A gaddamn state-run halfway house with trailer parks and palm trees.

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

8 posted on 10/04/2010 10:26:20 PM PDT by Viking2002 (2010 - NO PRISONERS! NO QUARTER!)
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To: nickcarraway

Something tells me alcohol was involved here.


9 posted on 10/04/2010 10:27:27 PM PDT by Ronin (If he were not so gruesomely incompetent and dangerous, Obama would just be silly.)
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10 posted on 10/04/2010 10:28:17 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 622 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

But al would have only blown his nose off. The idiot in ths article got his fingers and his cheek while setting off the trigger.


11 posted on 10/04/2010 10:32:29 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: nickcarraway

Oh, for Pete’s sake. My 96-year old great, great Aunt hid outside last summer for several hours, awaiting the arrival of a skunk that she had seen prowling about her yard for several nights.

She shot him dead with one shot...without shooting herself.


12 posted on 10/04/2010 10:32:34 PM PDT by garandgal
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To: Ronin
"Something tells me alcohol was involved here."

Ya think? Maybe too many corn squeezins on his Cheerios for breakfast.

13 posted on 10/04/2010 10:35:16 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: Viking2002

Floriduh


14 posted on 10/04/2010 10:35:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Do we have a bangbang ping list?
15 posted on 10/04/2010 10:37:08 PM PDT by The Cajun
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To: garandgal

It worked. The skunk decided this guy was too crazy to be near and moved to a different neighborhood.


16 posted on 10/04/2010 10:40:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: null and void

You know, as much as we like to laugh at that picture, it really wasn’t an unreasonable thing for him to be doing. There isn’t even a magazine in the well. Heck, I bet Algore never even got issued any ammo.


17 posted on 10/04/2010 10:44:06 PM PDT by fr_freak
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" There isn’t even a magazine in the well."

There isn't. But if you need to inspect the bore the bolt should be locked back and be damned sure there is is no round in the chamber. It only takes once.

18 posted on 10/04/2010 10:49:37 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: nickcarraway

This man didn’t know the proper procedure of pointing the weapon at his foot and pulling the trigger when unsure if the weapon is unloaded. Hence the expression, “He shot himself in the foot.”


19 posted on 10/04/2010 11:01:04 PM PDT by JimSEA
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Heck, I bet Algore never even got issued any ammo.

I'm quite sure that he was, like Barney Fife, issued one cartridge and required to carry it in his pocket.

20 posted on 10/04/2010 11:03:21 PM PDT by Bob
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To: blackbart.223
But if you need to inspect the bore the bolt should be locked back and be damned sure there is is no round in the chamber. It only takes once.

It doesn't look like he is inspecting the bore. It looks like he is tightening the sling. But either way, I bet he'd never loaded a single round into that rifle since he was issued it. It's not like he just got back from patrolling the Mekong Delta, or anything. To old Al, that rifle probably amounted to nothing more than a harmless toy, which is exactly what it is without ammo.
21 posted on 10/04/2010 11:03:33 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: nickcarraway

He got off easy. Good thing it was a skunk, rather then a rabbit.

Rabbits have been known to stretch the gun barrel around behind you so you shoot off your own fanny.


22 posted on 10/04/2010 11:18:39 PM PDT by tlb
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To: tlb

I saw a documentary on that once.


23 posted on 10/04/2010 11:21:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: fr_freak
"It doesn't look like he is inspecting the bore. It looks like he is tightening the sling. But either way, I bet he'd never loaded a single round into that rifle since he was issued it. It's not like he just got back from patrolling the Mekong Delta, or anything. To old Al, that rifle probably amounted to nothing more than a harmless toy, which is exactly what it is without ammo."

I'll go along with that. But it is still a funny picture.

24 posted on 10/04/2010 11:22:06 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: nickcarraway

No reason to shoot the skunk.


25 posted on 10/04/2010 11:23:57 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: tlb
Rabbits have been known to stretch the gun barrel around behind you so you shoot off your own fanny.

Only a "Wabbit" will do that to you ;^)

26 posted on 10/04/2010 11:25:16 PM PDT by The Cajun
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To: nickcarraway

That must have stunk.....:o)


27 posted on 10/04/2010 11:28:43 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: null and void; Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim; mikrofon; Constitution Day
Police in Florida said a man attempting to take care of a skunk on his friend's property accidentally shot himself in the hand and face while loading a rifle.

Was this a double-wide skunk?


28 posted on 10/04/2010 11:29:16 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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That'll learn 'im!


29 posted on 10/05/2010 1:18:28 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: blackbart.223
InspectFAIL
30 posted on 10/05/2010 1:27:24 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (Will work for ammo)
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To: MediaMole

LOLOL!!

Darwin Award Honorary Nominee! D’oh.
;-)


31 posted on 10/05/2010 1:30:41 AM PDT by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: Viking2002
A gaddamn state-run halfway house with trailer parks and palm trees.

As a Florida resident, I take issue with your comment. We really don't have that many palm trees.

32 posted on 10/05/2010 5:29:38 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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he was alert when they arrived on the scene.

Not that alert apparently!

33 posted on 10/05/2010 5:37:46 AM PDT by Eaker (Pablo is very wily)
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34 posted on 10/05/2010 5:41:30 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: nickcarraway

NEVER point the gun at something you don’t intend to shoot.


35 posted on 10/05/2010 6:49:12 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: nickcarraway

NEVER point the gun at something you don’t intend to shoot.


36 posted on 10/05/2010 6:52:06 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: null and void

Yeah, too bad old Al survived this stupidity.


37 posted on 10/05/2010 6:53:39 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: nickcarraway
All Guns are Always Loaded ...

Never let your Muzzle cover anything you're not willing to destroy ...

Keep your finger OFF the Trigger until you Sights are ON the target ...

Be sure of your target and what is beyond it ...

38 posted on 10/05/2010 6:53:43 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Give the guy a break. He was only showing the skunk what he was going to do to it if it didn’t vacate the premises.


39 posted on 10/05/2010 6:58:10 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily.)
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Darwin Award Honorary Nominee! D’oh.

Almost. He, um...., shot himself in the hand. Hands don't get pregnant.

40 posted on 10/05/2010 6:58:43 AM PDT by r9etb
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"That must have stunk.....:o)"

You've got a real nose for details in a story.

41 posted on 10/05/2010 7:01:36 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Viking2002

Is that you, Tim Dorsey? ;-)


42 posted on 10/05/2010 7:02:29 AM PDT by Andonius_99 (There are two sides to every issue. One is right, the other is wrong; but the middle is always evil.)
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To: fr_freak
Please, do us a favor. Don't EVER own, or even touch a firearm.
43 posted on 10/05/2010 7:27:34 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 623 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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shot himself in the hand and face while loading a rifle

Here come the Magic Rimfire Bullet theories.
44 posted on 10/05/2010 7:52:24 AM PDT by BJClinton ("Worse" technically is "change".)
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"I'm trying to picture how this happened and for some reason I just can't."

It almost sounds like he was trying to muzzle-load it. I wonder where his ram rod ended up.

45 posted on 10/05/2010 7:55:29 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: nickcarraway
Police in Florida said a man attempting to take care of a skunk on his friend's property

Unusual pets story?

46 posted on 10/05/2010 8:51:57 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Pardon him...he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe ... are the laws of nature)
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Gotta love the funny Freepers.....Stay Safe !


47 posted on 10/05/2010 9:58:29 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: null and void
Please, do us a favor. Don't EVER own, or even touch a firearm.

Sorry, buddy, but I was a grunt in the US Army. I know how to handle firearms properly. So piss off.
48 posted on 10/05/2010 1:26:20 PM PDT by fr_freak
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And you still don’t know that there can be a live round in the chamber even after the magazine has been ejected?

Remarkable.


49 posted on 10/05/2010 3:45:29 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 623 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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And you still don’t know that there can be a live round in the chamber even after the magazine has been ejected?

Maybe an incompetent boob, perhaps such as yourself, would need to be afraid of having a round in the chamber, but for those of us who have actually spent time in the military, rather than reading about it in "Soldier of Fortune" magazine, we know how in control of our weapons we are at all times. In other words, even if you were at a live-fire range, or in actual combat previously, once you clear your weapon, a round is not to going to magically make its way into the chamber at some point during the day. A soldier has his rifle with him at ALL TIMES once it is issued to him, so if you've cleared it, you know its empty and you don't have to go through mindless zero-tolerance shenanigans to show everybody how safety conscious you are. You check your weapon when it issued to you and keep it at all times, you check it before and after ranges, you check it when returning from a combat zone to the rear (and various times in-between, not to mention those times when you clean it). Only an incompetent moron would need to assume that his weapon was loaded after he already cleared it.

You obviously don't know a thing about it, so quit trying to act like an expert.
50 posted on 10/05/2010 4:20:36 PM PDT by fr_freak
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