It’s Gun Appreciation Day and what better way to wrap up this insensitive “holiday” than with a recap of some of the bad, the violent and the comically bizarre that went down over the past 12 hours. Unfortunately, when mass groups of people unite in the celebration of tools that are intended for death there are going to be accidents. Five people were accidentally shot in various incidents at gun shows in North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana.
Three of the five people were wounded at a Raleigh gun show on Saturday when Gary Lynn Wilson, 36, unzipped his 12-gauge shotgun’s case. He was having the firearm checked at the event when it discharged, firing birdshot into the three nearby bystanders. Luckily, none of the injuries were life threatening.
Another sad incident took place in Jackson, Miss., on the same day as the gun show accident. At a parade honoring the memory of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., someone shot a 23-year-old man in the chest — who was rushed to the hospital. The identities of those involved are not being released yet, but the victim is reportedly, fortunately, in stable condition.
Incidents like these, and the many that end in fatalities, are the reasons why celebratory days like these feel insensitive at the least, and at the worst insulting. But if guns are more important to you than finding a solution to the very obvious problem, have a very merry Gun Appreciation Day.
Chelsea Hoffman is a candidly opinionated crime analyst with a lifelong interest in criminology and activism. She also owns ‘Girl Nerdology’ and is the author of several fiction stories. Follow her on Twitter @TheRealChelseaH or email her privately through Chelsea Hoffman: Case to Case.