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Old February 9, 2009, 02:29 PM   #1
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Situational awareness

Haven't posted in awhile but an event that happened recently warrents this. A man and his wife practised "clearing" their home frequently, last time his shotgun went off hitting her in the shoulder, she dies 4 hours later. He may be up on manslaughter charges. They were married 3 months, she was 20 he is 21.

My message is please be carefull, use the safety if weapon is loaded or better yet practise unloaded. Never have finger on the trigger, never point weapon at anyone or anything you do not wish to see destroyed. Get some pro training before any form of accident occurs. I have read many posts about ADs here, when will one turn your life upside down? It can happen to anyone, please do not let it happen to you.

I hate to read stories like that. Death of this nature causes a huge ripple effect. My cousin in law almost died when her sis was shot at Von Maur here in Omaha, stopped eating etc. Depression almost took her from us. Life is short enough as it is.
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Old February 9, 2009, 03:06 PM   #2
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Here's some more info:

Published Friday February 6, 2009
Court records: Husband shot wife during intruder game BY LESLIE REED WORLD-HERALD BUREAU



LINCOLN — Twenty-one-year-old Josh Beasley was pretending to clear his home of intruders on Saturday when he fired the shot that killed his 20-year-old wife, Alaina, according to court documents filed today.


Josh and Alaina Beasley

The affidavit, based on Beasley's interview with a Lincoln police detective on the day of the shooting, was released by Lancaster County Attorney Gary Lacey.

Josh Beasley appeared in court this afternoon on a charge of manslaughter for unintentionally causing his wife's death.

With about10 friends and family members in the courtroom, Lancaster County Judge James Foster released Beasley without bail. Beasley had turned himself into police this morning.

In an interview with the World-Herald, Beasley earlier said he accidentally shot his wife while cleaning his shotgun.

Josh Beasley's brother, Dan Beasley, said today that he couldn't comment on the case.

"He has an attorney, and we were told we basically can't say anything," Dan Beasley said.

Josh Beasley was scheduled to be arraigned later today on a charge of manslaughter for unintentionally causing his wife's death.

According to an affidavit written by Lincoln Police Sgt. Greg Sorensen, Beasley told police that he had been working on his 12-gauge shotgun in his living room because he'd been having trouble with the way it ejected shells while using it earlier in the day, according to the affidavit. Family members have said the couple had been skeet shooting at targets earlier that day.

After he finished working on the gun, he loaded it with three rounds, one in the chamber and two in the magazine.

After putting some things away in his bedroom, he said he picked up the gun and began to pretend to clear the home of intruders, something he and his wife had practiced in the past.

He rounded the corner into the kitchen, where his wife was standing near the sink. She pointed her hand at him, pretending to have a gun.
According to the affidavit, Beasley said he raised the shotgun to his shoulder and fired one round. He said he had forgotten the gun was loaded.

He said he threw the gun down, went to assist his wife and called 911.

Alaina Beasley's parents, Ron and Beth Moore, could not be reached for comment.

Alaina Beasley was hit in the right shoulder. An autopsy showed she died of internal injuries caused by a gunshot wound to her upper right chest.

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There's some human factors research on accidents and this kind is not an uncommon training accident. Live rounds end up in a scenario, FOF, clearing exercise and someone gets shot. Clearing or FOF with real weapons is dangerous without thorough precautions. Even then, mind slips happen.
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Old February 9, 2009, 03:17 PM   #3
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Do not clear your house....

Better yet. Do not clear your house. Yell, call 911 and make yourself safe from intruders.

If you think you can clear your house.

Try THIS:
Get a few kids and give them squirt guns. Have them run around the house and starting from your bedroom try to clear your house. You'll soon learn that you'll lose.

You are not SWAT.
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Old February 9, 2009, 03:20 PM   #4
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He rounded the corner into the kitchen, where his wife was standing near the sink. She pointed her hand at him, pretending to have a gun.
According to the affidavit, Beasley said he raised the shotgun to his shoulder and fired one round. He said he had forgotten the gun was loaded.

Holy-freakin'- stupid.

How is it possible for ANYONE to be that ignorant? You have to have some serious mental problems to think it's OK to point a gun at someone and pretend to shoot them. That is not a matter of just not knowing any better. I think we need a new word to indicate that level of stupidity.
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Old February 9, 2009, 03:55 PM   #5
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Because I'm still a newbie, I have to ask?

The point of clearing your house (I think) is if you hear something out of the ordinary in the middle of the night, or somehow notice something like a broken in door or something, but you wouldn't just be sitting around your house watching TV, and out of the blue decide "I should clear the house", right?

Would it be okay to practice clearing with an airsoft (I know, not the kinds of guns discussed here normally), or some other "toy" gun that clearly has the bright orange tip or whatever? Or better yet, use your own hand as the article said the wife used, and say "bang" when you would shoot? Not the same as the real thing, I know, but the real thing is what caused the scenario in the first place...
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Old February 9, 2009, 04:15 PM   #6
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Because I'm still a newbie, I have to ask?

Sure, any of your examples would be fine.


(more ranting below)

I just can't understand how people don't know that guns are made to put holes in things and they shouldn't be pointed at something you don't want to put holes in. How on earth can anyone be that ignorant? "I forgot it was loaded..." Why should it matter? You don't point unloaded guns at things you don't want holes in. God it makes me mad.
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Old February 9, 2009, 05:17 PM   #7
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+1 to "oldkim" and "peetzakilla"!

"You just can't fix stupid."
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Old February 9, 2009, 05:39 PM   #8
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My Dad, rest his soul, used to say that "Stupid should hurt". But let me tell you, my heart goes out to all involved in this horrible fiasco. The girl is dead, struck down in the prime of her life by sheer stupidity. Her family is grief-stricken, the husband is facing major criminal charges, and even if he is not jailed, he has to live with this for the rest of his life.
This is something that we should all be losing a bit of sleep over.
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Old February 9, 2009, 06:19 PM   #9
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I just can't understand how people don't know that guns are made to put holes in things and they shouldn't be pointed at something you don't want to put holes in. How on earth can anyone be that ignorant? "I forgot it was loaded..." Why should it matter? You don't point unloaded guns at things you don't want holes in. God it makes me mad.
Agreed, peetza. It makes me angry and sad also. Thank you, Glenn, for posting the story. I hadn't seen that one...the previous time posted here last week just said he was cleaning his gun.

Why on earth did he load it, and then proceed to walk around the house with it?!! And then he pointed it at his wife and pulled the trigger?!!

This is the type of thing that makes people so afraid of guns and certain people having them. This guy will suffer, and the families will suffer. For what, because the kid didn't obey basic rules of safety.
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Old February 9, 2009, 06:55 PM   #10
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Okay we have all assumed it was a stupid beyond belief accident. Well, I'm sorry this wasn't an accident it was an act of complete wrecklessness and ineptitude. The first thing we have been or all should have been taught is NEVER, and I mean NEVER point a gun at something unless you intend on shooting it. Good lord he cleaned the shotgun and loaded it putting one in the chamber...either he is the stupidest f###er that ever lived or it wasn"t an "accident" at all.

I feel sorry for her family and friends but hold nothing but contempt for him.
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Old February 9, 2009, 07:24 PM   #11
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Now lets see if the good people of Lincoln will convict this IDIOT (and widower) of first degree manslaughter or will they roll over and pity the fool for being so stupid.

He deserves tons of jail time and it would be a story for every handgun / weapons instructor to tell their classes about.
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Old February 9, 2009, 07:32 PM   #12
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one more reason why idiots shouldn't have guns. Plain and simple, there is no EXCUSE why this happened.
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Old February 9, 2009, 07:59 PM   #13
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There was another thread started about this incident here.

As was noted in that thread, this young couple had a wedding page with pictures of a "shooting outing" in which the whole family is pointing guns at each other and generally treating them like toys. A couple of the captions from that page give the flavor:
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Watch out! (Uncle Doug was the brave one to take this picture! We triple checked to make sure ALL of the guns were unloaded! lol!)
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Look at Steven holding the gun on them!
Good, clean, family fun.

"Accident waiting to happen" hardly begins to do this one justice. I feel sorry as heck for the family, but I also hope that young Mr. Beasley is sent away for a good long while. Safe to say he'll never (legally) own another gun.
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Old February 9, 2009, 09:26 PM   #14
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Holy-freakin'- stupid.
Yes it is if his story is true.

"Holy freaking murder" if it isn't.
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Old February 9, 2009, 10:38 PM   #15
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I think that's why the four safety rules exist. You can break one of them and generally get off easily but breaking all four of them....

I'm far from perfect but I strive very hard to not endanger anyone around me. I never have and hope I never will. My son constantly scolds me even while I'm cleaning a field-striped/disassembled firearm "You're pointing the barrel at yourself".

This was a horrible incident that will have a long term impact on a lot of lives. But it must be said that pointing a gun at someone else, loaded or unloaded, is a very idiotic thing to do. One second of stupid can equal a lifetime of hell.
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