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Accidental Shooting of Washington Man by Himself - No Charges

Posted on the 18 April 2012 by Mikeb302000
Local news reports
Kuna Police Chief Cody Aldrich told KTVB that two men in their 20s were inside a pickup truck preparing to go hunting. The passenger was holding a pistol when it accidentally discharged, striking him in the leg.
His injury is said not to be life threatening. The man was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Aldrich says this was an accident and no charges will be filed.
This is a disgraceful report for two reasons. The gun didn't accidentally discharge. It was negligently fired. And secondly, the automatic default of not filing charges when it's determined to have been an "accident" is wrong. People who do that are a menace to themselves and others. To think that all or even most of them learn from their mistakes is a dangerous, and I believe a losing bet.
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