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Anastasia Adair accidentally kills herself with new assault rifle

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On a day when representatives of more than fifty county sheriffs will hold a news conference announcing a lawsuit against Colorado's new gun-control laws comes a tragic reminder of how dangerous semi-automatic weapons can be -- even to those who own them.

The victim: Anastasia Adair, 22, who appears to have shot and killed herself while showing off her new assault rifle, thought to be an AK-47.

Adair's Facebook page depicts a woman very much in love with her husband, Shane "Dana" Adair, a tattoo artist with 5280ink. Here's one photo of them together....

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...and here's another:

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Anastasia is described as a "new gun enthusiast" by 7News, which notes that she purchased an assault rifle at Denver's massive Tanner Gun Show this past March.

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A photo from the Tanner Gun Show website.
Federal Heights Police Department Lieutenant Gary Toldness says he's not sure the specific make of the weapon, but said it resembled an AK-47. Here's a look at one variation of the weapon:

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The shooting took place on Tuesday evening, when the Adairs and two friends were hanging out and sharing drinks in the garage at the couple's home, located on the 10000 block of Eliot Street. Around 10:40 p.m., Anastasia headed to a second-floor bedroom to get the rifle, and as she was coming down the stairs, she held out the rifle to Shane with the barrel apparently pointing toward her.

At that point, the gun fired, striking her in the head, then a second time as she fell. Shane caught her in his arms -- and while an ambulance raced to the scene, medical assistance couldn't save her. She was pronounced dead at Denver Health.

An investigation of the shooting is going forward, but at this point, there's no evidence to suggest that what took place is anything other than a terrible example of such a weapon's lethality.

Our condolences to Adair's family, friends and loved ones.

More from our News archive: "Rangeview High School employee accidentally shoots student in parking lot."


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440 comments
Freedom
Freedom

I can't believe people are actually blaming the semi auto weapon. You flipping libs are drinking to much kool -aid . Very sad story but it was her fault for not checking the weapon .   

laxx1559
laxx1559

THIS IS WHY WE CANT HAVE NICE THINGS.    Perfect example while carrying on your person in public while under the influence is ILLEGAL.  Lucky she didnt kill anyone else

FrauBlucher
FrauBlucher

Here's a suggestion, go to a book fair instead.

Jerepa
Jerepa

I was raised in a home where there were loaded guns on a gun rack, guns in an unlocked gun cabinet and a gun in a kitchen cabinet. We also played with toy guns. Guess what? We never touched them because we were taught that they were to be used only for hunting or protection. I know it's cliche, but guns don't kill people, people kill people. Whether it's accidentally or not!!

DarlingCR
DarlingCR

drinks + "god" given constitutional* rights= this

soundguy80
soundguy80

yes "semi auto" is legitimate regarding people who point loaded guns at themselves & then pull the trigger. Hey, it's a news outlet that isn't educated on the topic or logic (tongue in cheek)

Chelly Serna
Chelly Serna

Why stir up more of this debate? Clearly, no one can die that would change a gun nuts mind about their "right" to own an assault weapon. Hell, children died and it didn't change their opinion. Why would the death of this poor woman have an effect on anyone besides people that already recognize the dangers of firearms? Let's move on to the next accidental shooting, there's one every day.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Having a Gun at home INCREASES your risk of Violent Death! <= studies prove!


Having a gun in your home significantly increases your risk of death — and that of your spouse and children.

And it doesn’t matter how the guns are stored or what type or how many guns you own.

If you have a gun, everybody in your home is more likely than your non-gun-owning neighbors and their families to die in a gun-related accident, suicide or homicide.

Furthermore, there is no credible evidence that having a gun in your house reduces your risk of being a victim of a crime. Nor does it reduce your risk of being injured during a home break-in.

The health risks of owning a gun are so established and scientifically non-controvertible that the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement in 2000 recommending that pediatricians urge parents to remove all guns from their homes.

Notice that the recommendation doesn’t call for parents to simply lock up their guns. It stresses that the weapons need to be taken out of the house.

Study after study has been conducted on the health risks associated with guns in the home. One of the latest was a meta-review published in 2011 by David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. He examined all the scientific literature to date on the health risks and benefits of gun ownership.

What he found was sobering, to say the least.


Accidental deaths

To begin with, having a gun in the home is a risk factor for serious accidental injury and death. As Hemenway points out, death certificate data indicate that 680 Americans were killed accidentally with guns each year between 2003 and 2007. Half those victims were under the age of 25.

Children aged 5 to 14 in the United States are 11 times more likely to die from an accidental gunshot wound than children in other developed countries.

Nonfatal gun injuries occur at the average rate of 20 a day in the United States — and that doesn't include pellet-gun injuries (which average 45 day) or injuries that don’t involve a bullet wound (like powder burns and recoil injuries).

“One study of nonfatal accidental shootings found that the majority were self- inflicted, most involved handguns, and more than one third of the injuries required hospitalization,” writes Hemenway. “Injuries often occurred during fairly routine gun handling — cleaning a gun, loading and unloading, target shooting, and so on.”


Suicides

An average of 46 Americans committed suicide with guns each day between 2003 and 2007. In fact, more Americans killed themselves with guns during those years than with all other methods combined.

Gun owners and their families are not more suicidal than non-gun-owners, research shows. No are they more likely to have a history of depression or other mental health problems.

But they — and their families — are at significantly increased risk of successfully taking their lives with a gun. The reason: Guns are more lethal than other methods.

One study found, reports Hemenway, that “in states with more guns, there were more suicides (because there were more firearm suicides), even after controlling for the percentage of the state’s population with serious mental illness, alcohol dependence or abuse, illicit substance dependence or abuse, and the percentage unemployed, living below the poverty level, and in urban areas.”

But “there was no association between gun prevalence and a state’s non-firearm suicide rate,” he adds.


Homicides

Two-thirds of all murders between 2003 and 2007 involved guns. The average number of Americans shot and killed daily during those years was 33. Of those, one was a child (0 to 14 years), five were teenagers (15 to 19 years) and seven were young adults (20 to 24 years), on average.

Children in the U.S. get murdered with guns at a rate that is 13 times higher than that of other developed nations. For our young people aged 15 to 24, the rate is 43 times higher.

“The presence of a gun makes quarrels, disputes, assaults, and robberies more deadly. Many murders are committed in a moment of rage,” writes Hemenway.

“For example, a large percentage of homicides — and especially homicides in the home — occur during altercations over matters such as love, money, and domestic problems, involving acquaintances, neighbors, lovers, and family members; often the assailant or victim has been drinking. Only a small minority of homicides appear to be the carefully planned acts of individuals with a single-minded intention to kill. Most gun killings are indistinguishable from nonfatal gun shootings; it is just a question of the caliber of the gun, whether a vital organ is hit, and how much time passes before medical treatment arrives.”


Benefits??

The possible health benefits of gun ownership are twofold: deterring crime and stopping crimes in progress. But there are no credible studies, says Hemenway, that higher levels of gun ownership actually do these things.

“The main reason people give for having a handgun in the home is protection, typically against stranger violence,” he writes. “However, it is important to recognize that the home is a relatively safe place, especially from strangers. 

For example, fewer than 30% of burglaries in the United States (2003-2007) occur when someone is at home. In the 7% of burglaries when violence does occur, the burglar is more likely to be an intimate (current or former) and also more likely to be a relative or known acquaintance than a stranger. Although people typically spend most of their time at home, only 5% of all the crimes of violence perpetrated by strangers occur at home.”

In fact, adds Hemenway, research shows that most self-defense use of guns is not socially desirable. He describes one study in which “criminal court judges from across the United States read the 35 descriptions of the reported self-defense firearm uses from 2 national surveys and found that, even if description of the event was accurate, in most of the cases, the self-defense gun use was probably illegal. Many were arguments that escalated into gun use.”


Real risks

“There are real and imaginary situations when it might be beneficial to have a gun in the home,” Hemenway concludes. “For example, in the Australian film Mad Max, where survivors of the apocalypse seem to have been predominantly psychopathic male bikers, having a loaded gun would seem to be very helpful for survival, and public health experts would probably advise people in that world to obtain guns.”

“However, for most contemporary Americans, the scientific studies suggest that the health risk of a gun in the home is greater than the benefit,” he adds. "There are no credible studies that indicate otherwise.”

Tim Lawrence
Tim Lawrence

I beg to differ with the last paragraph of this story,, which is; "An investigation of the shooting is going forward, but at this point, there's no evidence to suggest that what took place is anything other than a terrible example of such a weapon's lethality." It should have read; " an example of someone not following the rules of how to safely handle your weapons". Never hand over a firearm for someone to check out without first opening it up to check for a bullet in the chamber. Also, it is strongly recommended to NEVER have a bullet in the chamber until you are ready to shoot that weapon.

Tony Gross
Tony Gross

Who says stupid can not be cured? Darwin effect in action.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

Then who is to blame for me trading a puppy for a Czech AK-47! The GOVERNMENT who allowed the CRIMIGRANT to be and stay in the U.S.! He knew he WAS NOT suppose to have that gun, and LIED ABOUT IT! I DID NOT KNOW! After I found out I had a fit, returned it and got my pup back! I woulda called the CORRUPT COPS, but why so they could shoot me or EACH OTHER?

Al E Cat Maes
Al E Cat Maes

Yes the lethality of an "assault weapon". Had she been walking down those stairs with a simple steak knife and tripped and stabbed herself in the head and died, we wouldn't be reading a story of an "assault steak knife". It's common sense that mishandling any type of weapon can be fatal. Unfortunately this lady had little experience with this type of weapon. R.I.P. Anastasia..

Ross Brasher
Ross Brasher

The comments that it was her own damn fault? Gun safety is paramount, and she was obviously lacking any. Always treat a gun as if it's loaded. NEVER point it at yourself or anyone else. Day one stuff, I learned this when I was 5. Stop blaming guns for stupid people. Hell, if it was a 12 gauge as Biden suggested, she wouldn't have any of her head left.

mileHigh05
mileHigh05

I'm sure she was also "high". Guns don't kill people, people ... ......

coolhandjesse
coolhandjesse

Didn'tanyone take her to a safety class?! Rule number one, check if it's loaded....once again, people are stupid, guns aren't at fault.

Nandrolone
Nandrolone

@michael.roberts  This is a tragic incident and the fact that it happened on the day the sheriff's announced the lawsuit is unfortunate. It takes away from the importance of the stand the sheriff's are taking to protect the 2nd Amendment. Former Sheriff of Arizona Richard I. Mack would more than likely back them considering how much he did for citizen freedoms on the right to bear arms...all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court...and won.

Chris Okeefe
Chris Okeefe

Copied/Pasted. First you don't drink and mess with a gun and second you don't have it pointing at yourself. This is nothing to do with it being a assault weapon it has to do with a person not having training with a gun. One of them had their finger on the trigger.

Richard Shaw
Richard Shaw

I was still sucking my thumb, when I was taught to treat all weapons as if they were loaded, and only point your weapon at something you wish to kill. It is great to add new gun enthusiasts to the fold, but unfortunately these people were not raised around guns, and need to learn basic firearm safety.

Tim Leonard
Tim Leonard

It's the Obama administration's fault!! If they weren't so bent on attacking our 2nd Ammendment right, you wouldn't have so many NOOBS running out to, "Get me a gun" before they no longer can. It's not a toy (as my dad always said) and it's not a measure of how cool or how bad *** you are! You shouldn't drive a car without training and you shouldn't handle a gun without training...would you hand the keys to your high powered sports car over to a friend whos never driven before? Where has our nation's common sense gone???

grumpybear2011
grumpybear2011

@Freedom Honestly u really should be at least a little more respectful.Whether she made a mistake or not, she lost her life. Please think about the family that was left behind, hearing stuff like this is probably killing them inside.

HAHA
HAHA

@Chelly Serna  How many millions of people didn't kill them self with their firearm that day, keejerking gungrabber?

soundguy80
soundguy80

@Chelly Serna we (USA military) kill more than the news story on the East Coast you're referring too. Watch the news more (or something)

volcomfoxx
volcomfoxx

This was my fiancee's family... Sad, she was very loved by all her family, even more sad, she was so young..

HAHA
HAHA

@DonkeyHotay  It also dramatically increases your chances of staying alive in a home invasion or armed robbery. But you hit them with your I-phone. Let us know how that works out for you.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Tim Lawrence Interesting post, Tim. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

JimTom
JimTom

@Tim so is it easy to load the chamber when you are being shot at or beaten?

Doyhh
Doyhh

@Deborah Watts You traded a dog for a f-ing gun?   :(    What the hell do you need an AK-47 for anyway, you heartless monster. So you bought a gun from a criminal and then gave it back to him, congratulations, you`re the dumbest person of all the people here.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Al E Cat Maes Thanks for the post, Al, which we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Rebecca De Wardt

*** Federal officials push for lowering DUI limit ***

The National Transportation Safety Board wants states to drop the current blood alcohol level threshold for drunk driving  from .08 to .05—a drop of more than a third that has received criticism from restaurant owners.

Generally, it takes about three drinks for a 180-pound man to reach the .05 level and two drinks for a 130-pound woman, The New York Times reported.

NTSB chair Debbie Hersman points to scientific research for the reason behind the recommendation.

“We’re really relying on the science that tells us that people are impaired at .05 BAC (blood-alcohol level),” said Hersman on Jansing & Co. “Their cognitive functions and their visual functions diminish.  Their judgment is affected and their reaction times are affected.  We know they are 38% more likely to have a crash at .05.”

“We are not focused on getting people to not have a drink of wine or a beer at dinner,” said Hersman. ” We’re focused on getting impaired drivers off the road and behind the wheel. Impairment begins with your first drink.”

Matt Wald, transportation reporter for the Times, said dropping the limit has helped lower the number of deaths in other countries.

“Two provinces in Australia cut their limit from .08 to .05 and one saw an 8% drop and one saw an 18% drop in fatalities,” said Wald to Chris Jansing.

Each year, 10,000 people die in alcohol related traffic accidents and 170,000 are injured, according to the NTSB.

“We kill too many people every year,” Hersman said.”People are going to tell you there’s a lot of reasons why we couldn’t or shouldn’t do this but there are 10,000 reasons why we should.”

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Richard Shaw You make a good point, Richard. Thanks for the post.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Tim Leonard Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Tim. Much appreciated.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Tim Leonard "Where has our nation's common sense gone???" "It's the Obama administration's fault!!"

Ironic.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom = lives in abject fear, every SECOND of every minute of evey hour of every day of his pathetic cowardly life.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@michael.roberts  .... hey yo! ... it's Fluffy Friday ... and Fluffmaster Michael has both hands on the job!


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JimTom
JimTom

@DonkeyHotay that skill may come in handy if you ever need to beg for your life in this state.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom

Permanecer en tu ignorancia, es lo que mejor sabe hacer.

JimTom
JimTom

@DonleyHotay I am glad you are qualified to be an english and spanish teacher. Typical no real comment so just attack grammar.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom "... your [sic] just start babbling and spurting nosense [sic]. Nine [sic] job #1 commentor [sic]"

Aprende a escribir tu estúpido tocador de nueces!


JimTom
JimTom

@DonkeyHotay Thats what I wanted,  whenever you run out of stupidity your just start babbling and spurting nosense. Nine job #1 commentor!!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom = spends his life being the cowardly piss-pant pig-ignorant cunt that he is.

Did your mother raise you to be such a moron, or is that a skill you developed on your own?


JimTom
JimTom

@DonkeyHotay = spends his life becoming the #1 commentor on the Westword blog!!  LOL

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom = spends his entire life "defending" himself from his own fear and delusion.

JimTom
JimTom

@Donkeyhotay only 2 people in this world those willing to defend themseves and victims. we know your choice.

JimTom
JimTom

@DonkeyHotay = dies on his knees begging for his life.

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