When Guns Are Everywhere
Ten years ago (or so) a 20-something woman was killed in my town when a neighbor in her apartment complex “accidentally” discharged a rifle he was “cleaning.” The bullet went through their shared wall; she was hit in the head and killed.
Not to minimize her death, but she was single. Justin Ayers was married and he was bringing his three-day old baby home when this happened:
A musician, teacher and new father is dead after a stray bullet pierced the wall of his Florida home on Tuesday and struck him in the back of the head. The Panama City News Herald reported that 33-year-old Justin Ayers and his wife were welcoming their 3-day-old baby home from the hospital with relatives when Justin was killed.
The bullet came from the house next door, where 62-year-old Charles Edward Shisler picked up a .9 mm pistol by the trigger, causing it to discharge.
“The damn gun doesn’t usually shoot,” said Shisler, according to his arrest report. “You have to squeeze the hell out of the trigger to shoot it.”
A blood test taken more than four hours after the shooting found that Shisler had a blood alcohol level of .079. The legal limit for driving in Florida is .08.
I can’t imagine the pain the Ayers’ family is experiencing or the pain it will continue to experience. This will ripple through their lives for decades: A 3-day-old baby grows up without a father because the father was shot in the head by a (probably drunk) neighbor? Think about the potential ramifications.
Just a big ugh in the gut.
Entry filed under: Firearms.