A woman from Michigan narrowly avoided death during a family argument when she shot herself in the face while trying to “make a point.”
On Monday July 14, an unnamed 51-year-old, who hails from Fremont Township, was involved in a heated debate with a member of her family when she grabbed the gun. She then forcefully slammed it onto the ground, which caused it to then go off and fire directly into her face.
Police officers and paramedics were then immediately called to the house after reports of a gunshot victim were radioed out. When they arrived, police found that the woman hadn’t perished because of her injuries, and had in fact just received a facial wound.
When officers then quizzed her about the incident, she simply proclaimed that she was using the firearm to “make a point.” She has since been taken to St. Mary’s of Michigan hospital in Saginaw, and reports have suggested that she is expected to make a full recovery.
Michigan police have also confirmed that they will continue to investigate the incident, but that, at this time, no charges or arrests have been made in connection to the shooting.
Officers have since revealed that she was the legal owner of the shotgun at the time the gun went off. Tuscola County Undersheriff Glen Skretn went on to add that the county’s prosecutor will not be issuing any charges because no threats had actually been made with the firearm and the only person that was actually hurt was the person holding the gun.
Skrent then added, when asked for safety advice in lieu of the attack, “Keeping firearms locked up, just like prescription meds, goes a long way in keeping everyone safe.”
Between 2005 and 2010, close to 4,000 people died in the United States from unintentional shootings, and of this figure over 1,300 were under the age of 25. The U.S. General Accounting Office has even estimated that around 31 percent of these deaths would have been prevented had a child-proof safety lock or a loading indicator been attached to the weapon.
If you live in a state where guns are more prevalent, suffice to say you are more likely to be a victim of an unintentional death from a firearm. These states with higher gun levels had nine times the rate of unintentional firearms deaths than those with low gun levels.
Do you think more stringent firearm regulations need to be in place across the United States?
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