Accidental Shootings Injure 5 on Gun Appreciation Day

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Jan. 20 2013 11:52 AM

Five Injured in Accidental Shootings at Gun Shows on "Gun Appreciation Day"

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Abby and Emily play with the toy guns in their gift bags provided by organizers of a pro-gun rally in Olympia, Wash.

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As thousands of pro-gun activists held rallies across the United States on Saturday, accidental shootings at three different guns shows illustrated the obvious: Being around lots of people carrying firearms can be a tad dangerous. The Associated Press compiles the reports from North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio.

In Raleigh, a shotgun went off when the owner was taking it out of its case at a security checkpoint, injuring three people. In Indianapolis, a 54-year-old man appears to have accidentally shot himself in the hand as he was leaving a gun show. And in Ohio, a dealer was checking out a purchase when he pulled the trigger by accident and injured his friend. Although he had removed the magazine from the weapon, a round remained in the chamber.

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Meanwhile, thousands of pro-gun advocates gathered in state capitals to “send a loud and clear message to Congress and President Obama” against gun control. Organized by a Washington, D.C.-based Republican consulting firm called Political Media, the rally came days after President Obama unveiled new proposals for gun control. The “Gun Appreciation Day” is modeled after the “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” of last summer, when thousands lined up for chicken sandwiches to show their opposition to marriage equality, reports CBS News.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.