A Negligent Shooting that was Good for Society

Published by the LearnAboutGuns.com Author on March 9, 2009 at 5:17 pm
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As I’ve said before, following the rules of gun safety is the duty of every responsible gun owner.  It is only when these rules are not followed that negligent shootings occur.  While most negligent shootings are sad situations, here is one such shooting that seems to have been quite good for society:

From TFS Magnum:

When his 38-caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, Calif., would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.

Note: I say that this negligent shooting was a good thing because this robber was trying to fire his gun at an innocent robbery victim, and instead ended up shooting himself, saving that victim in the process.  I believe in self defense, and as such have no problem with a criminal being fatally shot in order to stop that criminal from harming the victim.  It therefore follows that the criminal negligently shooting himself is just as good, if not better than the crime victim shooting the criminal in self defense.  I do not, however, believe in vigilantism or capital punishment, as they are unjust and bear no rational relationship to crime prevention.  My approval of this violent criminal shooting himself and thereby saving his victim should not be construed as support for violence other than is needed for self defense.

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  • http://blog.calumnist.com/ Danny

    OMFG, I thought those things (peering into a loaded gun) only happen in Looney Toons. That robber deserves a Darwin Award.

  • Anders

    He peeped hahaha and pulled the hehehehehe to see if he could hohohohohoho see any thing HAHAHAHAHA wrong. What and idiot. Those genes are out of the pool.