Monday, June 2, 2014

Woman shopping in Walmart shot when man's pistol falls

26-year-old Virginia Thompson was shopping with her newborn son at a Walmart in Columbus, Indiana when she was unintentionally shot when another shopper dropped his gun.

56-year-old Tony Ward told police that his .22-caliber handgun was in a holster when it fell from his waistband.

The gun discharged when it hit the ground. The bullet ricocheted off a bottle and hit Virginia in the upper arm. She was treated at the scene by medics and declined to go to the hospital.

Police said that Ward has a concealed weapons permit and he will not be charged in the incident.

Guns are the only consumer product manufactured in American not regulated by a federal agency for health and safety. Guns that discharge when dropped clearly have a design flaw yet the Consumer Product Safety Commission has no authority to issue a recall on any gun or demand they be redesigned.

This was the second unintentional shooting at a Walmart this month. A man in Phoenix unintentionally shot himself in the leg when a gun he was carrying on his hip was unintentionally discharged.

For more, read the blog Walmart Shootings.

7 comments:

Joey Tranchina said...

How can any nation in its right mind thing that it's a good idea for people to walk around WalMart armed with deadly weapons? This is insane.

PS. I am not a gun-phobe. I grew up on a cattle ranch with a "gun room" and got my own first gun when I was eleven. This amateur gun fetish does not make sense from any point of view.

Guns have a a place; this is the story of a country that's lost its mind putting the wrong people with the wrong guns in the wrong places. NUTS.

Anonymous said...

How can this not be some kind of criminal negligence. If the woman would have been killed would it also have been okay? Paranoia is taking over my country.

Patrick Doyle said...

That woman should hire a lawyer and sue Walmart for allowing guns on their property.

If you think this is bad, wait a bit. At least one state is allowing people to carry their guns into BARS!

I'm probably overreacting.

Anonymous said...

Much less, she had a newborn with her, which could have been hit just as easily..

Anonymous said...

"At least one state is allowing people to carry guns into BARS!"

Um, over a dozen states allow that, some for many years. No reported accidents yet. In Ohio it's been nearly two years.

So, yes, you're overreacting.

Anonymous said...

I smell something fishy here. What gun just goes of when dropped. I've been a gun instructor for two decades and have never seen a gun do that unless it has been touted with in some way.

I call BS.

hmscollingwood said...

It's a classical example of 'accidental discharge'.

You know the saying, "99% of people are caused by accidents."