US county named 'area of outstanding natural stupidity'
Vulture Central honours trigger-happy Kitsap
We recently promised to name Washington's Kitsap County 'an area of outstanding natural stupidity' (AOONS) if it could reach a critical mass of firearms-related idiocy.
The Vulture Central critical mass required for an AOONS is three jaw-dropping tales of Darwin Award-worthy madness, and we're delighted to report that Kitsap has truly made the grade. Back in 2007, an unnamed 66-year-old from Southworth was repairing a Lincoln Continental, and decided the best way to remove a stubborn wheelnut was with a 12-gauge shotgun.
Blasting the intractable nut "from arm's length", he was "peppered with ricocheting buckshot and debris". Cue a visit to Tacoma General Hospital with "severe but not life-threatening injuries".
Earlier this month, Kitsap took one step closer to glory when the owner of a car-wrecking yard in Bainbridge Island blew up $80,000 of fireworks he was storing for Fourth of July celebrations.
An early-morning test of a new rifle proved ill-advised, when a ricochet flew off a scrapped car, penetrated a container packed with the incendiaries, and set off "the greatest fireworks show you ever would have wanted to not see".
Well, it didn't take long for reader Joseph Dougherty to provide the final piece of evidence needed for Kitsap's elevation to glory. Try this sad report on the nine-year-old lad who accidently shot his eight-year-old female classmate.
The gun apparently "discharged from the boy's backpack" at school. His parents are separated, and he allegedly "got the gun from his mother's boyfriend when he was visiting her".
Obviously, we're not suggesting the poor nipper himself is responsible for Kitsap's AOONS classification. That honour should go to his mum, for her outstanding parenting skills. ®
Re: I disagree with your assessment
In other words... Guns don't kill people, idiots with guns kill people. So what was your objection again?
Although Lester, I think AOONS doesn't quite trip off the tongue. Since the place is (nearly) on the sea, how's about calling it the Divviera? Other worthwhile tags would be the Costa Moronica, or perhaps the Costa Wanka if you can get that past editorial control.
It seems that in the US
It seems that in the US there are a lot of unintentional self-inflicted gunshot wounds, apparently more than intentionally inflicted.
This is of course not down to the fact there is the 'right to bear arms' or that the weapons themselves are dangerous. A firearm left on a table does not get up and shoot itself, something the gun lobby keeps stressing to the public.
No the real reason are all the idiots that buy the damn things and sadly in the US there are a lot of idiots.
Re: I disagree with your assessment
None of these are worthy of a Darwin award.... you seem to not understand the meaning of the award.
You need to either die, or at least loose your ability to pro-create through a act of self stupidity.
The first one is at best an honorable mention, due to the stupidity of the act, but your article gives no reference to the shotgun idiot getting castrated, just injured.
The second story sounds like it would have been really cool to see, and was caused surely by stupidity, but your article doesn't even mention that the bloke was injured, let alone killed or castrated.
Your third and final example appears to be the only case where anyone dies, and the person being stupid (blame either the mother or the kid) were not the ones killed. The one killed was a completely innocent 8 year old girl who happened to be a bystander.
An somewhat interesting area with several stupid people? Sure, but a AOONS site... don't see the evidence here.
You really should look more to Florida where there are face eaters, and Darwin award winners galore.