Thursday, September 13, 2007

Join in the Conversation

ACE, a blogger who I respect and admire, has opened a can of worms with this question:

Why does one need to pack heat in a place of worship?

ACE does a very good job of tracking negligent shootings in the news and uses the articles to illustrate the need for safe firearm handling.

Here is the article he was commenting upon:

From the Dallas Morning News:

By Holly Yan

Three people were injured when a gun accidentally discharged during Rosh Hashanah services at Temple Emanu-El on Wednesday evening.

When Marvin Marks, 81, stood up at the synagogue, a gun that he was carrying dropped and fired, police said. The bullet struck his 42-year-old daughter in the foot; she was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Two others suffered minor scrapes from the bullet. Police said Mr. Marks was licensed to carry the gun, and the shooting is listed as accidental.
Mr. Marks, a young man during the Holocaust, and an old man during this recent increase in anti-semitism, has good reason to be armed at all times.

He was negligent in his method of carry, but not in the fact that he did carry, even in the synagogue.

Head on over and join in the commentary. Play nice as ACE is a friend.

1 comment:

Fits said...

"His gun dropped and fired."

Not many guns fire from being dropped nowadays. For that matter, not many ever did.

As far as carrying in a place of worship, it is no different than anywhere else. People don't remove their pacemakers or hearing aids or false teeth before entering and carrying everywhere and anywhere is usually good practice if nothing else.

Still wondering what he was packing that couldn't pass the drop test.