In a movie you would typically see two men struggling over a gun, with the protagonist succeeding in taking it away or, quite as often, with the gun going off before being dropped to the floor; in the latter case, the accidental shot harms either nobody or the “bad guy.” Alfred Hitchcock’s The Rope has final scenes involving Jimmy Stewart taking the drunken Farley Granger’s pistol from his hand, causing it to go off; In a family drama by Douglas Sirk, Rock Hudson tries to do the same with a belligerent ex-friend, who is killed by his own gun in the struggle.
These are frequently featured sequences on the screen; but they are not unlike some of the real gruesome accidents that have occurred to the famous. The most well-known gangster in the world, Al Capone, was shot not by his numerous enemies but himself, in an accident involving his own gun in a golf bag. According to other sources the gun went off accidentally while he was entering his car. Either way it was the lack of any security measure for his gun that killed the gangster.
The actor Peter Fonda, brother to Jane and father to Bridget Fonda, got very near to death as a child of 11 while cleaning his gun; he accidentally shot himself in the chest. The timely beat of his heart was the only thing that saved him, for the bullet had settled just beneath his heart. Lil’ Wayne the rapper had a similar accident at 12 with a guest’s gun, and was saved only because he had the strength to call 911. Only tiny fractions of time had been decisive in allowing these two men to pull through. Jennifer O’Neill the 70s model and actress was another person to shoot herself while looking at the gun, unsure if it was loaded; she lived though she faced charges of having an unregistered gun.
There have been deaths caused by filming sequences, several of them by helicopter or plane crash accidents, but one of the most shocking deaths was through a gun accident. Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee, was killed when the villain characters shot him through a gun with real bullets. The crew had removed the gunpowder propellant to ensure no explosion but the primer was left attached, and the firing pin shot the bullet slug into the barrel; when they triggered the gun it was lethal.
Accidents are not something that can just happen to other people; it is a potential part of reality, no matter who you are as long as you are the owner of firearms. These accidents have happened to people with many others around them to look after and protect them, and those with means to support themselves in every possible way; they have also happened to children who were either curious or used to handling their parents’ guns. Get used to the idea that you need some sort of a safety insurance for yourselfyou’re your nearest and dearest, spend some time to read some gun safe reviews and decide for yourself which type would best suit your needs.