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CU-Denver accidental shooting: Now ex-staffer trying to unjam gun when it fired


Local advocacy groups that push for stricter gun laws say the incident highlights larger problems with the concealed-carry permit process.

"People with permits may have been law-abiding citizens at the time that they got their permit, but they don't necessarily stay that way," says Annmarie Jensen, a lobbyist who works with Colorado organizations that support stricter gun laws. "Most parents would not think that more guns on campus is an enhancement to public safety. We need to appeal to the parents and...make sure our kids are safe. And guns on campus is not the way to keep our kids safe."

Eileen McCarron, president of the Colorado Ceasefire Capitol Fund, a local advocacy group, says the incident is evidence that better restrictions are needed.

"This staffer was clearly in someway irresponsible," she says. "We are fortunate the injuries were not severe...but lives were endangered.... They could've been killed."

She points out that the incident took place at the campus where James Holmes, the alleged Aurora theater shooter, studied.

"It's just another reminder about how much we as Americans suffer because of a nation awash in guns," she says.

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David Burnett, director of public relations with Students for Concealed Carry
David Burnett, director of public relations for Students for Concealed Carry, says he does not want to see this incident become fuel to opposing groups.

"My concern is that critics of concealed-carry are gonna take this and try to use it to take away my right to protect myself," he says. "That would be an excessive overreaction."

He says the individual who fired the gun should face necessary consequences from authorities, adding, "When things like this happen, it becomes a teachable moment when we can talk about following the rules of gun safety."

Still, he says, it's just one person: "If some drunk driver gets behind the wheel, we don't use that as a justification to...take away licenses from everybody."

Meyers, the CU spokesman, says this incident appears to be an isolated one.

"There is concern anytime you have any sort of weapon going off under any circumstance on a campus," he says. "We are grateful that the injuries were minor."

In terms of any formal university actions in response to this incident, he points out that officials are required to allow those with permits to bring guns on campus.

"CU is following state law," he says.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Bike safety: Driver and badly injured cyclist both cited in Boulder crash"

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COEngineer
COEngineer

Since I am a gun owner, 2nd Amendment supporter, etc,  I was really worried about the bad publicity from this, but when I read the details I thought, "Meh, not so bad."  She probably wasn't as competent with the gun as she could have been, but she was obviously being smart by pointing it in a safe direction.  Each of them had insignificant injuries from an accidental discharge.  If anything, this story is a good example to share with new shooters.  She also took responsibility for her actions and was obviously and appropriately dismayed at the results.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Didn't a cop 'accidentally' shoot & KILL another cop recently ? Lakewood, if I'm not mistaking . Were there charges files in that KILLING ?

No ................

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 

Charges have been filed against a woman who accidentally shot a co-worker Friday on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus.

 

Mary Loeb, 49, a business manager in the School of Dental Medicine, faces charges of prohibited use of weapons and unlawful conduct on public property related to the firing of a .22 magnum revolver as the showed to the gun to Lilibeth Lopez-Gonzales, 33.

 

Monkey called it !!

 

ryank
ryank

F---ing idiot. These low IQ people ruin basic rights for everyone.

Monkey
Monkey

She was trying to unjam the gun after re-assembling it? She most likely assebmbled the gun, slid a bullet in the chamber without realizing it, and pulled the trigger, like an idiot.

I wonder if this stupid cop lost his job too, probably not. But it is fun to watch a cop shoot himself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw-jTCNZSmY

 

boco
boco

"Do you have reason to believe that people...are suddenly going to become wildly irresponsible as soon as they walk on campus?"

 

Bro.

Monkey
Monkey

The cops will charge this person for sure. It's illegal to discharge a weapon inside a building without gaining consent from the owner, or defending yourself. The gun didn't accidentally go off by itself, a staff member discharged the gun accidentally, and in the City of Boulder, like most cities around here, that's illegal.

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

Dammit,why Colorado. Listen TI Johny cash assholes, "don't take you guns to town..."

AllenGamble
AllenGamble

"I did my first desk pop!. . . It's a real thing right?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

American Gun MADNESS !!

 

Guns + Drunk and Stoned College Students = what could possibly go wrong?

 

 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@COEngineer Interesting post, COEngineer -- one we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

 @ryank And there aren't IQ requirements for buying, possessing, OR applying for a CCW permit.  Scary.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Monkey  -- Way to make an impression on the kids !!

 

Notice how some of the smarter children admonish this tool to put the gun away after he demonstrates his idiocy.

 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @boco One word speaks volumes. Funny post, boco. Thanks.

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