David Frum

01.09.13

Guns Are Dangerous for Everyone

There are a lot of responsible gun owners. But there are also a lot of gun owners like this guy:

Kansas officials are reviewing the events surrounding a man’s accidental shooting of his wife last week at the Longbranch Steakhouse in Lenexa.

Police said the two were sitting across from each other in a booth about 8:15 p.m. Jan. 2 when the man reached into his front pants pocket and accidentally discharged a small pistol, striking his wife in the leg just above the knee. She was treated at a hospital and released.

The man had a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, said Officer Dan Friesen of the Lenexa Police Department.

(h/t Little Green Footballs)

One of the important drivers of the gun debate, in my view, is that Americans tend to over-estimate how well they'd handle a weapon in the face of real danger - and grossly to under-estimate how likely they are to make a mistake that will hurt themselves and their neighbors and loved ones.