As many people have said recently, guns don't kill people, people kill people, or in the case of one Michigan man, at least cause grave injury to themselves.
During a press conference earlier this month, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said:
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun."
But sometimes the "good guy" ends up being the "bad guy" when it comes health and safety.
On Friday, a 56-year-old man was attempting to enter the gun and knife show at the Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens, MI. The popular gun show has a policy of not allowing loaded weapons into the building. Visitors entering the show are asked if they are carrying a weapon. If they admit to having a weapon, they must show it. If officials find that the guns are loaded, the gun owner must remove all bullets prior to entering the show. Once the guns are empty, a sting is fastened to the gun to indicate that it is unloaded.
According to The Oakland Press, the man admitted to having a weapon that was loaded, and he was directed to the area provided for unloading weapons. As he was unloading his .22 caliber Magnum revolver, it fired. The bullet entered the man's thigh and traveled down his leg before becoming lodged in his shin.
Paramedics with the Mount Clemens Fire Department responded at the scene and transported the victim to McLaren Macomb hospital for treatment. His wound was not considered to be life threatening.
As one person commented:
"This tragedy could have been prevented if that leg was armed."