We’ve heard it time and again: guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Leaving aside that people tend to use guns to kill other people, the closest literal debunking of that statement is the accidental gun death, and one of those accidental gun deaths claimed the life of Lana Rae Meisner, the wife of former Eagles bassist, Randy Meisner.
Lana’s tragic death puts her in the same category as a lot of Americans — a category that, as of March 2016, stands at over 400 people.
Guns do kill people
Early Sunday evening, the police were called the Meisner home in response to a radio call of a woman asking for help with a possibly intoxicated male suspect. When the police arrived, they took down a domestic violence report and left.
They were called back around 5 p.m. following a radio call of a possible shooting. When they arrived, they found the 63-year-old Lana Rae Meisner with a singe gunshot to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene by responding firefighters. Police determined that Lana Meisner had been moving a rifle stored in a case when the weapon discharged — per the police report:
As she lifted the rifle in the case, another item within the case shifted and hit the trigger of the rifle causing it to fire and fatally injure Mrs. Meisner.
If only there had been a good item within the case that had a gun so it could stop the bad item within the case.
Last year in America, toddlers killed one person per week with firearms.
All told, there were 12,942 deaths from firearms in 2015, with an average of 36 deaths a week. While 71 Americans were killed by terrorism from 2005 to 2015, 301,797 people were killed by gun violence. Furthermore, mass shootings are only responsible for 2% of all gun deaths.
In 2016, there’s already been 8,732 gun deaths in the United States. 457 of those have been accidental deaths, according to Gun Violence Archive. I’m not sure if Mrs. Meisner’s been included or not — likely not, since the investigation is still ongoing. But one thing should be painfully clear: these cowards running around screaming in fear about over terrorism and Muslim immigration are a bunch of damn fools. The real killer of Americans — who’s killed more Americans than ISIS could ever hope to do — is right there in their gun closet.
Contra Ted Nugent, not owing a gun is your safest bet in life. Guns do kill people. They killed Lana Meisner. And in another 8,275 cases they were used by people to kill other people on purpose.
Feature image via the Palm Beach Post