Idiot Gun Owner Shoots Himself and Wife in Church While Speaking About His Right to Have a Gun in Church

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In today’s “What Would Jesus Do?” news, a Tennessee man shot himself in church while trying to advocate for his right to bring guns to church.

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According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the incident occurred at the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, Tenn., after an 80-year-old man pulled out his gun during a discussion about guns being allowed in church. Although he pulled the magazine out of the gun, once he reloaded the mag, it loaded a round into the gun’s chamber, according to the report.

A fellow churchgoer then asked to see the .380-caliber Ruger, and according to Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks, that’s when the bullets began to fly.

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“He pulled it back out and said, ‘With this loaded indicator, I can tell that it’s not loaded,’” Parks said. The man then pulled the trigger.

Not only did the man shoot himself in the hand, but the bullet also entered his wife’s abdomen before it exited. The couple were airlifted to the hospital, and charges were not filed.

Maybe next time he’ll leave his gun at home.

Read more at the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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He’s an idiot and here’s exactly why:

Chambering a round requires a separate action from inserting the magazine. That’s why people in movies and TV (aside from dramatic effect) always pull the slide back after taking them out of the holster; they are making room for the magazine to push a round up and then, when the slide comes forward, the round is pushed into the barrel.

A lot of cops do this when they first load the gun and then re-add a bullet to the magazine to add one more round to the gun and to avoid the delay in operating the slide. So a 19 round magazine plus 1 in the chamber, for 20.

There is nothing in a gun to tell that a round is in the chamber; the ‘loaded’ indicator is only an indicator that a round is available to be pushed by the magazine spring into position where it can be pushed into the chamber when the slide comes forward again.

Here’s a cop who had a round chambered:

Mostly it’s not on film - usually they shoot the lockers at the station playing ‘quick-draw.’