The Second Amendment Claims Another Victim

Authorities say the shooter was “transitioning the gun from his waistband” when it fired. (Getty Images/RonBailey)

A Florida man stepped out his truck, slipped on a piece of construction debris, and shot and killed his longtime friend Wednesday.

The unidentified male “was transitioning the gun from his waistband [to] his pocket” when he says it unintentionally fired as he slipped, a rep for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office tells NBC News. The incident happened in the Tampa suburb of Riverview around 1:45pm.

A 44-year-old friend and fellow construction worker was hit as he worked on the roof of a home that was being remodeled.

He was just 10 feet from the shooter’s son, who was also working on the roof at the time, per WFLA. He later died at a hospital.

The shooter—whom a neighbor describes as having “an anxiety attack afterwards,” per WFTS—is fully cooperating with authorities. They have yet to say whether charges will be filed.

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3 Responses to The Second Amendment Claims Another Victim

  1. Glenn Geist Reply

    May 9, 2019 at 9:40 am

    The mentality of those who think they constantly need to protect themselves or that having a gun in your pocket, is hard to describe as balanced. How you can expect to outdraw someone from your pocket is beyond me and how a construction jobsite in Tampa or anywhere else doesn’t pose a much higher risk of harm I don’t know.

    I have to see that that amendment as poorly written. Clearly the need for a militia of citizens is an obsolete idea and that rationale actually argues for military weapons, but it leaves guaranteed ownership without a stated basis. That may not have seemed important in the 18th century, but it is now.

    Personally, I believe that it was influenced by the idea that only an elite group in England could own and carry weapons and we were all about equality
    and the end of nobility here.

    I really don’t think we’re at the point where fear of guns is going to overcome that American notion about God and guns or the confusion of high powered guns with “patriotism” but the 2nd is a bit of a liability.

    Sad to say the NRA is no longer about gun safety, but they will simply blame the untrained user and walk away. They have abdicated their responsibility but in other ways too.

    Anyway I don’t have an answer and I don’t think there would ever be a 2/3 majority in favor of repealing it.

  2. Michael John Scott Reply

    May 9, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I expect if some nut job managed to smuggle a weapon into the Senate chamber and started opening fire congress might decide the Second Amendment is a really bad idea.

  3. Glenn Geist Reply

    May 9, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    I am not smiling – oh no.

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