Normally this wouldn’t be something I would write about, but this was just too hilarious to pass up. Plus it combined two things about which I’m passionate: Defending animals and mocking idiots with guns.
No matter how hard I try, I’ll never understand people who kill animals for “joy” or “sport.” If someone wants to hunt and kill an animal for food, I’m fine with that. I’m still not crazy about hunting in general, but at least if someone is eating what they kill the animal didn’t go to waste. But when it comes to people who kill animals just to kill them, it’s always bothered me. I’ve seen far too many instances where animals (even wild ones) showed love, excitement, playfulness, joy, fear and pain. I just don’t know how someone can look at an animal and actually find pleasure or entertainment from killing it.
That being said, apparently a Texas man felt the desire to kill a defenseless armadillo. Well, at least he thought it was defenseless. You see, upon trying to kill the animal the bullet actually ricocheted back, hitting him in the head and landing him in the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
As they say, karma – it’s a… well you know the rest.
Personally, while I don’t wish anyone harm – even someone who was trying to kill an armadillo seemingly for no reason – this made my day.
First, obviously because of the animal issue. The fact that this guy felt the need to try to kill this animal for no reason, only to have the bullet ultimately end up hitting him in the head is just poetic justice. Again, while I don’t wish anyone harm, it’s really difficult for me to feel too badly for someone who gets injured because they felt the desire to needlessly kill something.
But even beyond that, this goes back to gun safety. Because these sorts of stories really aren’t all that rare. Some gun-loving fool, out shooting whatever they feel like shooting, ultimately ends up hurting themselves or some innocent bystander. Then there are the much more tragic shootings, such as the Idaho mother who was killed by her own child after the 2-year-old found the mother’s gun in her purse and accidentally shot her in the head.
The gun debate in this country doesn’t just need to be about regulations that seek to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. It also needs to address the fact that practically anyone can go out, buy a deadly weapon and not a single second of training or even basic knowledge of how to properly use that weapon is required prior to purchasing it. Which is absurd when you really think about it. Hell, you can’t even drive a car in this country without passing a basic test – yet you can go out and buy a semi-automatic assault weapon without having the slightest clue about how to use it.
And while I’m glad this man wasn’t seriously hurt, the truth is this could have ended up much worse than it did. Far too many of these gun accidents don’t well for the person on the wrong end of an accidental shooting.