A 24-year-old Phoenix woman is dead after a fatal hug with her 18-year-old boyfriend. The victim, identified as Amanda Mosley, was shot by a gun that accidentally discharged after being tucked down the front of the teenager’s pants.
Mosley reportedly complained the gun was “making her uncomfortable,” and as the young man removed it from the waistband of his pants, the firearm misfired and shot her. She was rushed to the hospital where she died from her injuries.
One question: Why did this kid have a gun? No, I’m not going to call for a weapons ban of any sort, because frankly I think that’s ridiculous, but seriously -- why did this guy have a gun?
I’m all for gun control, and by that I mean gun safety. As in, if you’re going to handle a weapon, make sure you know how to use the safety. Especially if you’re going to try to Bruce Willis-it up and stuff it down your pants.
Good rule of thumb for boys handling weapons: Never stick a loaded gun with the safety off down your pants. Or you know, never stick a loaded gun down your pants period. Also good advice? Never look down the barrel to check if it’s loaded.
I’m guessing this kid was just trying to look macho, which makes my heart break for everyone involved. What a terrible price to pay for ignorance in basic gun safety. Thoughts and prayers to their families.
What do you think of this horrible tragedy?
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