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Pellet gun death in Maryland
« on: September 08, 2018, 12:25:34 PM »
https://patch.com/maryland/essex/teen-killed-pellet-gun-near-middle-river

Pellet guns are not toys! And where were the parents when the incident happened?


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Re: Pellet gun death in Maryland
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2018, 04:57:55 PM »
And where were the parents when the incident happened?
Well I can't speak for other people's parenting styles... but by the time my daughter was 15 (the age of the kids involved in this tragic incident) she was mostly independent. My son's 12, and he's already becoming fairly independent, sometimes telling me about places he's been within a mile of our house when I'd had no idea he had even gone out. Seems to me that parenting is primarily an exercise in helping your offspring develop enough sense that they don't go shooting each other, standing in front of targets, doing trick shots, or mishandling firearms, whatever it was these kids were up to which resulted in one of them getting a pellet stuck into him. If a 15 year old hasn't learned safe gun handling and use they have no business having access to these weapons, air or firearm both. But what kind of parent skips over such basic safety protocols?

I had a cat for 18 years which never came close to getting squished by a car, though we live in the city and she was an outside cat. Died of old age. How? Because I taught her at about 2 to 3 months' age to be desperately afraid of cars. Simple stuff to communicate, even between species, if you give it just a little thought and effort. Teaching a child basics of safety is so much easier, what with shared language and all... Heck, when I was 15, if my mother and father had been looking over my shoulder when I went out shooting airguns they'd never have had time for work! I shot a lot. Never another kid though. And none of my friends shot each other either. We learned early, by age 7 or 8, how to safely load, aim and shoot a weapon. Our fathers simply thought of that as basic education.
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Re: Pellet gun death in Maryland
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2018, 06:14:55 AM »
Its pity if this did happen, but the source of the report seems very Internet commercial.  Has the incident been verified by anyone?  This could just as easily be 'fake news' by some anti-firearms person.  There is no journalist name against it or source info other than stated in the piece itself.

Anti's often float stories like this.
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Re: Pellet gun death in Maryland
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2018, 03:57:23 PM »
Very unfortunate.
I grew up in the suberbs of Baltimore and the Middle River area of Baltimore County was my backyard. In the 1950s we went no where without our Model 25 or (for the more lucky) our Sheridans. Yes, we took them to school because you never knew whether you would be attacked by a tin can or beer bottle while walking to and from school. The teachers made us line up the rifles behind their desks.

I admit we had some games of sport that we should not have participated in but, luckily, no one ever was harmed, except maybe a small bruise.

The Sheridan's were restricted to only two or three pumps at the most and the only targets were the opponents rear end or legs.

I suppose the games were pre-cursers to the now readily accepted paintball games.

Now, I certainly do not condone this practice anymore as a father and grand-father but I understand how it could happen.

I am sure it was an accident but I am also aware more restrictive regulations will follow.

It has been said anyone can be a father but it takes a real man to be a dad.

Hopefully the dads will insure this never happens again.
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Re: Pellet gun death in Maryland
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2018, 05:18:43 AM »
Is there anything ever positive about air guns found in the news media?  Seams like all media news
posted here is negative, involving an injury or death.  Guess bad happenings is what makes news.
I will agree we need to be aware of what the news media is reporting, but reading these reports is
disturbing.  All of use need to be involved in promotion of gun Safety, which in turn helps prevent
accidents and more negative news reporting.
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Re: Pellet gun death in Maryland
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2018, 05:35:29 AM »
The term NEWS, is by literal definition, a negative. At least that is what it has become these days.

One of our sister web sites, is Hard Air Magazine (https://hardairmagazine.com). Typically, it leans on the positive, family-side of the argument, but does report governmental intervention into our hobby.
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scary pellet gun shootings
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2018, 12:39:47 PM »
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Re: scary pellet gun shootings
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2018, 01:12:48 PM »
this should shake you up
http://time.com/longform/pellet-gun-victims-kashmir/


Well, they call it a pellet gun but in the article, and from the pics of wounds I too would imagine it is a shotgun with small shot. "Non lethal" when back 20-30 yards. A load of 7's 8's or 9's would certainly cause a hurt.




From the article:

"The name can make them sound like toys, but pellet guns cause very real injuries. Since 2010, pellet guns have reportedly killed 14 people in Kashmir, according to Amnesty International. “The Indian forces call it a pellet gun, but it is a pump action shotgun,” says a spokesman from the Omega Research Foundation, a U.K. based charity that monitors military technologies. The only difference is the type of ammunition: a cartridge with up to 500 tiny lead pellets, which disperse in all directions when fired. They are commonly used by hunters. “The ammunition is not designed for crowd control,” he says."
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Re: Pellet gun death in Maryland
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2018, 01:23:28 PM »
Yeah, that may be a case of something crucial being lost in translation, but it sort of comes across as anti-airgun propaganda. No way are the authorities using airguns for crowd control. Police never back down on application of force quite that far. Closest I've seen in the news was when a few members of the rioting group in Ukraine were using break-barrel air rifles against the military and police. Didn't get them very far.
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Re: Pellet gun death in Maryland
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2018, 02:44:32 PM »
In the article, I figured they would have put up a picture of the so-called "pellet" guns.
But I concur other Countries (India, once under British rule. Pakistan and China) translate and call items differently than us in The Northern Americas.
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