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article imageOp-Ed: Protester getting 'ready for Ferguson' shoots herself in the head

By Malysa Stratton Louk     Nov 24, 2014 in World
St Louis - A St. Louis woman and her boyfriend, preparing for increased unrest in Ferguson, purchased a gun for protection and accidentally shot herself in the head on the way home.
As Ferguson citizens and police prepare for the grand jury's decision on whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown, St. Louis resident Becca Campbell, 26, purchased a gun to be "ready for Ferguson."
According to reports, Campbell was in the passenger seat of her boyfriend's car waving the gun around and making jokes about being ready for the Ferguson protests. In order to avoid the wavering gun, Campbell's 33-year-old boyfriend, whose name has not been released, ducked his head and subsequently rear-ended another vehicle causing the gun to go off subsequently shooting Campbell in the head.
Police were called to the scene of the crash and were later informed of the gunshot wound. Campbell was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Police are still investigating to verify the boyfriend's story and determine exactly how the gun went off.
If the events happened as described, this is a clear case of what happens when irresponsible gun owners carry around firearms. This woman felt the need to "be ready" for increased unrest in Ferguson while awaiting the grand jury's decision. Was she worried about protecting herself from other protesters? Did she plan on protecting herself from the increased police presence?
Regardless, Campbell was waving the, obviously loaded, gun around and making jokes, showing great irresponsibility as a gun owner. While it is unfortunate that the gun went off resulting in her death, had she been responsible with it in the first place, she would still be alive.
Imagine what would have happened if this incident occurred in the crowded streets as protesters await the grand jury's decision.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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