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Florida man accidentally shoots, kills son-in-law who was trying to surprise him for his birthday: Sheriff

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Florida man accidentally shoots, kills son-in-law who was trying to surprise him for his birthday: Sheriff

Moral of story: Surprising seniors in the USA by jumping out of bushes on their property can be lethal as everyone in the USA has a gun and is trigger-happy.

abc News: Florida man accidentally shoots, kills son-in-law who was trying to surprise him for his birthday: Sheriff
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good person with a gun stopping a good person having fun?

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Shoot first, ask questions later.
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cautionary tale for all the pranksters out there ;)
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Going to get flamed for this but....the gun is only a tool even in this scenario. If the father-in-law is educated to react via fear, he could've had a knife and still stabbed his son-in-law to death (granted chances of survival with another weapon are higher). The problem is 2 fold: the weapons are deadly but also the attitude of the weapon wielders in many parts of the US is still one of defensive knee-jerk fear. We need both to minimize these kinds of accidents: for example we need ot breed the feeling of calling the police vs trying to deal with something yourself, but that also implies making the police a trustworthy/reliable alternative which in the US is a tall order.
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b0ne wrote:
Oct 4th, 2019 1:44 pm
Shoot first, ask questions later.
Police tactics right there can’t pass high school but we give them a gun lol
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You had me at “Florida”.
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In the article, it says another relative played the same prank earlier in the night and then got into verbal confrontation with the FIL. The FIL probably thought it was the same guy he was shooting at.
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l69norm wrote:
Oct 4th, 2019 8:25 pm
In the article, it says another relative played the same prank earlier in the night and then got into verbal confrontation with the FIL. The FIL probably thought it was the same guy he was shooting at.
So he intended to kill someone else? That sounds like homicide, not “a tragic accident”.
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uber_shnitz wrote:
Oct 4th, 2019 1:50 pm
Going to get flamed for this but....the gun is only a tool even in this scenario. If the father-in-law is educated to react via fear, he could've had a knife and still stabbed his son-in-law to death (granted chances of survival with another weapon are higher). The problem is 2 fold: the weapons are deadly but also the attitude of the weapon wielders in many parts of the US is still one of defensive knee-jerk fear. We need both to minimize these kinds of accidents: for example we need ot breed the feeling of calling the police vs trying to deal with something yourself, but that also implies making the police a trustworthy/reliable alternative which in the US is a tall order.
I'd like to point out that with a knife you also need to get up close to your victim, and therefore have more time to distinguish between friend or foe. And each strike takes a couple seconds. Whereas with a gun you can pump your victim full of lead at a distance before you are even aware of what you are doing.
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MexiCanuck wrote:
Oct 4th, 2019 11:47 pm
So he intended to kill someone else? That sounds like homicide, not “a tragic accident”.
Yes, it sounded like mistaken identity.
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uber_shnitz wrote:
Oct 4th, 2019 1:50 pm
Going to get flamed for this but....the gun is only a tool even in this scenario. If the father-in-law is educated to react via fear, he could've had a knife and still stabbed his son-in-law to death (granted chances of survival with another weapon are higher). The problem is 2 fold: the weapons are deadly but also the attitude of the weapon wielders in many parts of the US is still one of defensive knee-jerk fear. We need both to minimize these kinds of accidents: for example we need ot breed the feeling of calling the police vs trying to deal with something yourself, but that also implies making the police a trustworthy/reliable alternative which in the US is a tall order.
I have no problem with guns (or knives), but Goddamn Americans can be absolutely mentally deficient!

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