Found this article via Joan Peterson.
Rundown: Guy holds a big shoot on his farm once a year where everybody brings their favorite guns from the pedestrian .22s to M2 Heavy Machine guns. This year sombody’s 7mm Arisaka WWII rifle gives up the ghost. Sounds like the rifle wasn’t in good shape to begin with, as in the report claimed it had a hairline crack in the receiver. Maybe this was rifle that shouldn’t have been shot, maybe it was dumb luck. Either way one man and one boy suffered minor injuries.
Joan is pushing this story as a scare tactic, and I think its hilarious at how warped her world view is that this story merited her posting. Now we talking about gun accidents here, as well as safety issues, as well as negligent behavior. I’m an honest man, Joan is NOT and honest person at all. She never talks about justifiable self defense, (when she DOES talk about a clean shooting she attempts to vilify the justified party), she doesn’t talk about safety course or safety measure, and certainly would never talk about fun recreational shooting.
But she talked about this. First up its a WWII bolt-action rifle in a caliber ballistically similar to most modern hunting calibers. Second is this statement that we all take for granted, but people who have never spend any time sport shooting might be surprised with:
He’s been doing this for YEARS, and hundreds of thousands of rounds are expended every year, and this includes heavy full-auto weapons. This is the only injuries, and they are minor.
Shoots like this are REALLY common, and serious injuries are extremely rare, so rare that they’re still talking about this horrible story from back in 2008, and this case was a very young boy who was allowed to shoot a micro-uzi which is an EXTREMELY difficult gun to shoot, even for grown men with extensive full-auto experience. This was a major error by the organizers of the group, not anything inherently unsafe about the shooting sports. The fact that this case is STILL being talked about, and despite it being a local story to me, its being talking about NATIONALLY because there aren’t any other similar events.
While the above is technically a story about two injuries at a machine gun shoot, its really a testament to the safety of the shooting sports.
Joan of course doesn’t see this at all. This is how rational she is.
In the end shooting machine guns is safer than waiving pom-poms!
Think about that!