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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Responsible Second Amendment Hero teaches student in gun safety class a valuable lesson — by shooting him

Columbus Dispatch - Instructor shoots student in gun-safety class
Columbus Dispatch: A firearms instructor accidentally shot a student while teaching a gun-safety class on Saturday in Fairfield County to people seeking permits to carry concealed weapons.

Terry J. Dunlap Sr., who runs a shooting range and training center at 6995 Coonpath Rd. near Lancaster, was demonstrating a handgun when he fired a .38-caliber bullet that ricocheted off a desk and into student Michael Piemonte’s right arm.

Dunlap, 73, also is a long-time Violet Township trustee who is running for re-election in November.

Yesterday, Piemonte said he feels lucky, and it could have been worse.
"My wife was sitting just inches away from me," Piemonte said. "It could have easily hit her."

According to the report, Piemonte told the Dispatch that the couple had decided to get concealed-carry permits “for their own general safety.” That sure worked out great, huh? Carrying a gun for safety is like carrying a magnet to ward off iron — it’s doing things exactly the wrong way.

Carrying a gun actually makes it more likely that you’ll be shot. There are a lot of reasons for that increased risk, one of which is demonstrated by this story — people are imperfect. Here we have a guy who runs a gun range and trains people to use firearms; he’s no stranger to these weapons. But even he isn’t immune to a careless moment when he’s not paying attention. Guns are extremely dangerous and the more often you’re exposed to firearms, the more likely it is that something like this will happen. The odds rise every time. As personal safety strategies go, carrying a loaded weapon is one of the worst. It’s like taking up smoking to avoid cancer.

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