Friday, November 07, 2008

Things I'd rather Austin Smith would get for Christmas: A bike. A chemistry set. A complete set of Harry Potters. Warm socks.

News story #1:

Fears of a Dem crackdown lead to boom in gun sales

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – When 10-year-old Austin Smith heard Barack Obama had been elected president, he had one question: Does this mean I won't get a new gun for Christmas?

That brought his mother, the camouflage-clad Rachel Smith, to Bob Moates Sports Shop on Thursday, where she was picking out that special 20-gauge shotgun — one of at least five weapons she plans to buy before Obama takes office in January. ...

News story #2:

Boy Killed Firing Submachine Gun At Firearms Expo

Eight-year-old Christopher Bizilj died after accidentally shooting himself in the head in what was supposed to be among the safest possible settings for youngsters to handle firearms.

The third-grader from Ashford, a well-liked "all-American boy," was attending a "Machine Gun Shoot & Firearms Expo" on Sunday at the long-established Westfield Sportsman's Club in Massachusetts. While shooting, he was supervised by a trained professional and within sight of his father, Dr. Charles Bizilj, the medical director of emergency and critical care at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford.

Yet something went horribly wrong.

What some, including a longtime club member and retired gun designer, found most startling was that the boy was firing a 9mm, Micro Uzi submachine gun, a weapon that weighs about 5 pounds and can fire 1,200 rounds a minute. ...


Em said...

I'm somewhat surprised that the father is a physician. Guess that whole "do no harm" thing backfired.

good blog. hope it's ok that I linked to you. . .

TwoBusy said...

The second story got a lot of play here in the Boston area. Terribly sad, and all the worse for how stupid and utterly avoidable the entire situation was. As angry as I am for anyone - never mind a Medical Director at a hospital - being asinine enough to hand a kid an Uzi... my heart breaks for the family, and for the weight the father is going to carry with him for the rest of his life.

Jim Donahue said...


TB--Yes, I read about it in a Vermont paper on the drive home from Quebec. It's just plain heartbreaking.