The Kansas City Star
The gun advocates had their holiday over the weekend, and it went off with a bang — literally.
Gun show accidents injured five people nationwide. Three people were hurt at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, N.C., The Associated Press reports. A shotgun went off accidentally. Shotguns can do a lot of damage.
In Indianapolis, a man wounded himself in the hand as he was loading his .45-caliber semi-automatic while leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show. That had to hurt.
At the Medina Gun Show in Ohio, a gun dealer was examining a semi-automatic handgun he had purchased when it went off with the bullet striking a friend of the dealer.
And what’s up with the seemingly lawless attitude of Johnson County, Kan., Sheriff Frank Denning, saying more “responsible people” in possession of firearms is a better way to prevent mass shootings than more gun control? Who’s to say who’s responsible with guns and who’s not especially after so many gun accidents over the weekend? Some cities in the state are permitting open carry of weapons. How stupid is that? What are they smoking and drinking in Kansas?
If the holiday for guns happens again next year in opposition to the holiday for the birthday for slain civil rights leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., let’s hope fewer accidents occur and fewer people get injured. As a person who believed in nonviolence, Dr. King would want it that way especially because a gun was used to assassinate him 45 years ago.