Growing up in Kentucky, guns were everywhere. Most were used for hunting, while others were used for home protection. But they were never used to play games that involved pulling the trigger while aiming them at friends.
Gun safety has always included the Golden Rule: There is no such thing as an unloaded gun. Even if you are absolutely certain that a gun is empty, you never aim it at something you don’t want to destroy. No exceptions. That rule has prevented countless tragedies over the years. But sometimes, people become too casual about gun safety. They start to trust themselves too much. That’s what appears to have happened over the weekend when a young Florida deputy shot his roommate and fellow deputy in the face while “joking around” with him.
Authorities with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office announced that 23-year-old Austin Walsh, who was one of their deputies, was killed early Saturday morning by a fellow deputy and roommate, Austin Lawson. Sheriff Wayne Ivey announced the shooting on the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, saying the two men were taking a break from playing online video games when Lawson aimed a gun at Austin Walsh and pulled the trigger, killing the deputy.
Lawson contacted 911 immediately after the shooting, telling the operator that he had “jokingly” shot the victim in the face. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Walsh dead from a single gunshot wound to the head. Lawson now faces a charge of manslaughter. Sheriff Ivey called the death an “extremely dumb and avoidable accident,” going on to say the tragedy “not only took the life of an amazing young man and deputy, but it has also forever changed the life of another good young man who made an extremely poor and reckless decision.” The two deputies were described as good friends. The victim joined the sheriff’s office when he was 18 and worked several years in the youth Explorer’s program. The case is still under investigation. Source: WREG.com
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