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Sheriff to Visitors: 'If You Kill Someone, We Might Kill You'

Georgia sheriff Mike Jolley says he likes to 'stir the pot'

(Newser) - Want to know where Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley stands in the culture war? Just read the sign outside his office, WSB-TV reports. "Our citizens have concealed weapons. If you kill someone, we might kill you back. We have ONE jail and 356 cemeteries. Enjoy your stay!" Jolley... More »

Woman in Town for Relative's Funeral Killed in Flurry of Bullets

Jacobia English Lane struck in back of head after up to 30 shots fired at NC home

(Newser) - An already sad occasion was rendered devastating early Saturday in Gastonia, NC, when a South Carolina woman in town for her sister-in-law's funeral was killed by gunfire that bombarded the home she was visiting, the Charlotte Observer reports. Jacobia English Lane had joined a gathering of friends and family... More »

Girl, 5, Fatally Shoots Self While Dad Showers

Father 'not ignorant to the fact of the danger,' neighbor says

(Newser) - A 5-year-old Louisiana girl playing with her father's handgun fatally shot herself Saturday morning as he took a shower, reports the Times-Picayune , the latest child to fatally find a parent's firearm . Haley Moore was taken to the hospital, where she died; two siblings in the house were uninjured.... More »

2-Year-Old Fatally Finds a Gun in Mom's Purse

Boy died from a single gunshot wound: police

(Newser) - A 2-year-old boy is dead after climbing onto a kitchen counter, pulling a handgun from his mom's purse, and shooting himself while she "had momentarily stepped away." Police say they arrived at the Indianapolis home around 9pm Wednesday and found the boy with a single gunshot wound.... More »

Man Fatally Shoots Himself While Taking Selfies

43-year-old from Washington state had been posing with girlfriend

(Newser) - A day spent posing for selfies with his girlfriend and a gun turned out to be fatal for a man in Washington state. The Skagit Valley Herald reports the unnamed man accidentally shot himself in the face Sunday while taking a photo. The girlfriend of the 43-year-old from Concrete says... More »

Woman Goes to Shooting Range, Rents Gun, Kills Self

No foul play suspected in bizarre Indiana case

(Newser) - An Indiana woman walked into a gun store and shooting range, watched a safety video, rented a gun, and used it to abruptly end her own life on Saturday in Lafayette. Emergency officials were called to Applied Ballistics at 3:42pm, after the victim, whose name has not been released,... More »

Don't Call Unintentional Shootings by Kids 'Accidents'

And Slate writer thinks caretakers of kids should be charged if it happens

(Newser) - A recent trio of shootings of young children in the Houston area who got their hands on loaded firearms, including a 4-year-old who was spending the night at a babysitter's home, are tragic—but don't call them accidents, Justin Peters writes in an article for Slate . In all... More »

Number of Cops Killed by Guns Jumped 56% in 2014

But that number is lower than the decade average

(Newser) - The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms jumped by 56% this year and included 15 ambush deaths. But gun-related police deaths still remain far below historic highs and lower than the average annual figures in the past decade, according to a report released today by the nonprofit National... More »

Girl, 5, Shot Dead by 5-Year-Old Friend

Noelle Aston Shawver died in Idaho accident

(Newser) - An Idaho girl has died in what police say was an accidental shooting at a home she was visiting. Noelle Aston Shawver, 5, was with another 5-year-old who, they say, grabbed hold of a gun while adults were in another room on Wednesday afternoon, the Idaho State Journal reports. Noelle... More »

US Child Gun Deaths Rose 60% in 10 Years

And most came from handguns, finds new study

(Newser) - The number of US kids and teens who die from gunshot wounds in hospital has risen almost 60% in a decade, according to a new report. The study by two doctors looked at data from 1997 to 2009, and found the number of those hospitalized with gunshot wounds rose from... More »

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