You would think a national "Gun Appreciation Day" would go off without a hitch and no one would get shot, right? Wrong.
There were three different shootings at different gun shows that happened to coincide with Gun Appreciation Day rallies that took place all across the country today. Organizers were trying to get people out to show their support for the second amendment in the face of the President's new gun control initiatives.
In Raleigh, North Carolina a 12-gauge shotgun went off while the owner was unzipping it from its case to show a security officer at a safety checkpoint at a local gun show. Two people were injured, but their injuries are not life-threatening, WTVD TV reports. Tally: three people shot. (Update/note: a third person was injured but did not receive medical treatment, though we suppose the person was shot. Tallies have been updated to reflect this new information.)
In Indianapolis, Indiana a man was walking back to his car after attending local gun show on Gun Appreciation Day and loading his semi-automatic pistol when he shot himself in the hand, WISH TV reports. Tally: four people shot.
In Medina, Ohio the details are a bit sketchier. We only know that a vendor at one of the rally booths was handling a loaded gun when he accidentally shot himself, according to ABC 5. The extent of his injuries are currently unknown. Final tally: five people were shot at gun shows during Gun Appreciation Day.
Update: This article has been updated to reflect that those shot were attending local gun shows and not Gun Appreciation Day rallies, as previously stated. Sorry for the mix-up.