Talk about a serious dose of irony. At a Thanksgiving luncheon hosted by the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, the topic of discussion turned to guns and church shootings. According to police, a man in his 80s was showing off his gun during the conversation (as one does).
His fellow church-goers were interested in the weapon, and he apparently removed the magazine, cleaned the chamber, and loaded another round.
When asked to show it off for someone who had missed the demonstration, the man pulled the trigger and sent a bullet flying through his palm and into his wife's side.
The man told police, "I carry my handgun everywhere."While demonstrating his gun for the men in the church as they cleaned up the luncheon, he also stated, “With this loaded indicator, I can tell that it’s not loaded." The man then accidentally pulled the trigger.
The bullet flew right through his palm and hit the left side of his wife's abdomen.Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks told The Independent that the man and his wife were both in good, stable condition. Neither face any life-threatening injuries. Despite the absolutely avoidable mishap, the topic of guns and mass shootings has fully become something that we see in the news every day.
It's impossible to not talk about something so horrifying, since it happens at an alarming rate within the U.S.
A man accidentally shot himself and his wife at First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, eastern Tennessee.… https://t.co/e1chdAvSyU— United Methodist News (@United Methodist News)1510950903.0
The Tellico Plains incident comes just weeks after the November 5 Sutherland Springs church shooting.
via: ShutterstockAt least 26 were killed when the lone gunman, 26-year-old Devin Kelley, opened fire on the Baptist church. The event left Texas and the nation rattled, devastated, and heartbroken, and continues to spur conversation regarding the current administration and gun control.
These recent events can often leave us feeling helpless and scared for the future.
Just went inside Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church. No words can describe the feeling inside the sanctuary. E… https://t.co/2ST6Ouw8ek— Marcus Moore (@Marcus Moore)1510526138.0
On November 14, President Trump mistakenly tweeted condolences for Sutherland Springs for the second time.
The president has a mass shooting tweet template. Tonight he forgot to replace Sutherland Springs with Tehama Count… https://t.co/hkjDuaPy6N— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts)1510727547.0
After the Sutherland Springs shooting, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's solution was "more guns."
Texas AG Ken Paxton's disturbing message: You're on your own, so better get a gun https://t.co/B3BykPAXNd via @dallasnews— barbarastone (@barbarastone)1510059738.0
One would argue that you could just end up shooting yourself and your wife.It doesn't take a genius to break down the fact that maybe advice for more people carrying guns isn't going to solve our nation's gun problem. In fact, it's probably only going to perpetuate it.
Obviously, the internet has a lot to say about Ken Paxton's statements.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s response to #Sutherland was we need more guns in church? #soconfused by these #ignorant #gun #nuts— swoodie (@swoodie)1510022258.0
Regardless of what Paxton thinks, the fact remains that gun control is something that desperately needs talking about.
via: ShutterstockEven if our President wants to keep avoiding the conversation. After the Las Vegas shooting in October, Trump said, “Look, we have a tragedy. What happened is, in many ways, a miracle. The police department, they’ve done such an incredible job. And we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes on." Let's hope someone fills Trump in that we need to talk about them now, before we run out of the time he seems to think we have endless amounts of.