A Pointed Reminder: Keep Your Gun Far from Your Penis

Last week, a man within Georgia shot himself in the male organ while simply trying to holster their gun. He’s not alone.

There have been at least seven documented cases where Americans have shot themselves in the same sensitive region over the last five years, some of which had been noted by Death and Taxes in 2013.

Naturally , these incidents are outliers within a much broader category of accidental gun violence. While the debate about gun rights often includes a defense of responsible gun ownership, it only takes one momentary mistake to show how dangerous a firearm can be to unintended goals.

In 2010, 606 people were killed due to accidental gun discharges. Thousands more are injured by accidental gunshots each year. A lot of those injuries were self-inflicted, and indeed, a few shootings came at the price of the shooters’ genitals. As the stories below show, this can happen if the firearms are being used legally or illegally. In some cases we don’t know exactly how much damage was done, but the risk of any damage down there may grab your attention.

June 2014: Trying to holster in Georgia.

The most recent case took place at a Sunoco gas station car parking lot, when an unidentified man tried to holster his. 45 caliber pistol, causing it to accidentally release into his penis. The man apparently then drove to his pal’s house where, after taking off their pants, he discovered that the bullet had exited through his rear end. After seeing this, his friend drove him to the Coliseum Northside hospital, where he was then used in the Medical Center of Central Atlanta.

Sept 2012: Cleaning the gun however just bought in Florida.

He initial lied to police, saying that somebody had shot him on the street, but 18-year-old Michael Smeriglio eventually admitted to shooting himself in the male organ and left testicle while attempting to clean his gun.

July 2012: Checking the gun in his car in Oklahoma.

On his way to sell a gun in Thunder, 36-year-old Tavares Colbert parked their car to make sure the firearm has been working properly when it discharged straight into his penis. Instead of continuing on to the 7-Eleven convenience store where he planned to meet the buyer, Colbert reported the particular incident to the nearest hospital, where he was treated and arrested. Colbert had a criminal record and wasn’t allowed to be in possession of a firearm — which was why he was promoting it, according to him — plus was therefore brought in by the law enforcement.

Aug 2011: Entering a grocery store within Arizona.

While walking toward a food store with his girlfriend, 27-year-old Joshua Seto accidentally fired his fiancee’s pink Taurus. 380 semiautomatic at their scrotum while trying to push the particular gun into his waistband. The fiancee, Cara Christopher, called 911 and received instruction on how to sluggish the blood flow. In what capped the thoroughly terrible week, however , Seto’s fiancee apparently helped people burgle his home just six times after the accident. Seto received a good order of protection from Christopher plus presumably her semiautomatic as well.

May 2010: Shopping at Lowe’s in Washington state.

While shopping at a Lowe’s Do-it-yourself store, a 41-year-old man’s Glock 30 accidentally discharged from the waistband of his black sweatpants straight into his testicles. Explaining the event, the man said, “It was in my waistband, and I felt it starting to slip, reached for it, and I must have positioned my finger so the result in went off. ” The man a new concealed-weapons permit for the gun and wasn’t charged with a crime. The Glock manufacturers advertised having a “Safe Action” system that prevents accidental discharges, but this of course does nothing if the trigger is unintentionally pulled.

March 2010: An unidentified trigger in California.

Not much is known about the conditions leading up to this case, but a good unidentified 17-year-old requested treatment for a testicle wound at Kaiser Recurrente Vallejo Medical Center. The teenager strolled into the medical center and allegedly admitted he had shot himself in the testicles. At the time of the report, the teen had not been cooperative with police and the details remain unknown.

September 2009: Fumbling with a waistband in New York.

While walking house in Brooklyn, 15-year-old Khamir Offer had his gun squeezed in the waistband when it began to fall. As the gun started to make its method down his pants, Grant reached to stop it and ended up tugging the trigger, shooting himself within the penis. After having to tell their mom what happened and making a visit to the hospital, Grant was arrested just for reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.