Freak accidents like the one I'm about to write about are part of the reason why the topic of gun control shouldn't be ignored. A 30-year-old man in Omaha, Nebraska accidentally shot his pinky finger off after falling asleep while holding his new handgun, the Omaha World-Herald reports.
The police say the man (whose name wasn't revealed) explained he was sitting on a couch in his house, when he "must have fallen asleep" as he cradled his recently brought 9mm pistol in his right hand. He said he just bought the gun at a local sporting goods store. The man was woken up around 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday by a loud bang before quickly realizing he shot his left pinky finger. According to the police report, his wife and kids were asleep in their bedrooms at the time of the accident.
The wife then drove her husband to the Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy to get treated for his wounds. He was then told he would require surgery, and the information was relayed to the officers after they arrived at hospital around 5:30 a.m. The bizarre incident is reminiscent of that time last summer when a Florida man (not related to the viral "Florida Man" meme recently resurfaced on FX's Atlanta) accidentally shot himself right in his genitals when he sat on top of a loaded gun in his car.
Police later cited the Nebraskan "on suspicion of being in possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm," according to the Omaha World-Herald. I'm sure he's regretting not putting on the safety catch right now.