A portion of the American population celebrated Gun Appreciation Day by attending guns shows across the country, resulting in some of the attendees perhaps appreciating paramedics and first responders more than guns, at least temporarily.
Five people are reported to have been shot at guns shows across the United States on Saturday. Three people were shot at a gun show in Raleigh, North Carolina, one man was shot in Indianapolis, Indiana, while another was shot at a gun show in Medina, Ohio.
Saturday morning, 36-year-old Gary Lynn Wilson entered the Dixie Gun and Knife Show at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C. As he was removing his 12 gauge shotgun from its case for inspection, the gun went off, striking three people. Janet Hoover, 54, and Linwood Hester, 50, were taken to WakeMed Hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries. Jake Alderman, a retired Wake Forest Sheriff’s Deputy who was working at the show, received a "minor" injury to his hand.
During a news conference, Joel Keith, chief of police for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture said:
“I want to emphasize that this was an accident, [and] tomorrow we will have a gun show again."
At 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Indianapolis native, Emory L. Cozee, was leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife show. He attempted to load his newly purchased .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol when the gun fired, striking him in the hand. Cozee was transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital where he is listed in stable condition according to RTV6.
The shooting has been ruled an accident and police say they do not anticipate criminal charges.
One man was shot during the Medina Gun Show in Ohio when a gun dealer took a semi-automatic pistol he had just purchased out of the box. As he removed the gun, he accidently pulled the trigger. Although he had removed the magazine from the gun, he did not see that there was a round in the chamber. The gun fired and the bullet struck the floor, ricocheting and striking a man in the leg and arm. The shooting victim was transported to a hospital outside of Cleveland by helicopter.
Medina Police Chief, Pat Berarducci, told Cleveland.com that the security strap used to secure the trigger was improperly attached, allowing the gun to be fired. He went on to say:
"He [the victim] was a very lucky man. It's safe to say the gun was mishandled and accidentally discharged."Gun Appreciation Day, organized by Political Media, was meant to oppose resent efforts to pass new gun regulations in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. Dave Workman, a former NRA board member, called the effort a success, saying:
"Among many of these gun owners is a new-found activism, ignited by the gun prohibition rhetoric over the past month, and stoked by the president’s remarks earlier in the week."