Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

13-year old boy and father injured by faulty gun at Maryland shooting festival

A vintage Japanese rifle was being fired by a man at a shooting festival in White Hall, Maryland, when the gun exploded.  A metal piece injured the man in the forehead, while a piece of the wooden stock hit his 13-year old son, who was sitting next to him.  Injuries were minor, luckily.

The annual shooting festival has been occurring at this farm for 30 years.

From the article and news video:  (bolding has been added)

"We shoot everything from BB guns up to full-scale military, fully automatic 50-caliber machine guns," said Dan Vaughan, the organizer of the event.

The youngest shooter at Sunday’s festival was four years old, while the eldest was 86---a man who fought at Iwo Jima during World War II.
He doesn’t want people to get the wrong idea about those who shoot weapons for sport.

"This particular boy's been injured many times playing soccer, and that's what his father's comment was... this is a heck of a lot safer than soccer." 

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