Guns don’t “go off.” I would be willing to bet money that the shotgun was in good working order.

Contrary to popular belief, gun makers are liable for defective products and if a flaw that could possibly cause an accidental discharge is discovered, manufacturers are quick to recall any guns produced in that run and examine other runs of the same model to see if the problem existed there, too.

I don’t know of any tally on the number of deaths or injuries that were the result of guns “going off.”

Nope. Your cousin died because somebody loaded the shotgun; racked a shell into the chamber and disengaged the safety. Then someone pulled the trigger.

What you may not know is that your cousin’s husband was committing a crime for which he could have gone to prison for ten years.

Since 1968, it has been a federal offense for any user of an illegal drug to purchase or possess a firearm. That’s also the case in every state in the union. It’s a lifetime prohibition and people can go to prison for even handing a gun to a prohibited person.

The 1998 study in the Journal of Trauma makes a legitimate argument based on the parameters specified.. The only defensive gun uses (DGUs) measured were those resulting in injury or death. Law enforcement agencies and the CDC estimate the actual frequency of DGUs is at least 500,000 each year. Why the difference? Defensive gun uses rarely involve the gun being fired.

While the study data and the conclusions based on it are accurate, the inference that many take from it is not.

Gun laws don’t seem to make a difference. Comparing fatal injury rates from 1999 to 2017, California saw its rate of accidental gunshot deaths fall just over 31%. Texas saw fatalities drop nearly 65% and Florida fatalities rose slightly more than 7.3% due to a spike in 2017. Those states are the largest by population.

Beginning in 1999, California began enacting increasingly restrictive gun laws.Texas and Florida did not. In 2017, Florida’s rate was very slightly below California’s.

While your cousin’s death was unintentional, dollars to doughnuts it was not accidental. There’s a big difference.

I am sure much of this seems callous. But while I can have sympathy for you and especially your cousin’s children; I don’t feel any responsibility for what happened and I don’t think it is reasonable for you to expect me, or any other gun owner, to feel responsible.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org

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