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Congregation Responds to Church Shooting Danger

November 22, 2017

Congregation Responds to Church Shooting Danger

The subject of church shootings came up at dinner last Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, Tennessee. “Well, I’ve got my gun on me,” said an 81-year-old church member, echoing the “good guy with a gun” defense popular in that neck of the woods. He pulled out his .380 Ruger handgun, accidentally pressing the trigger.

“A bullet fired across the palm of the 81-year-old’s hand and toward his 80-year-old wife, who was sitting in a wheelchair next to him. It ripped through her lower left abdomen, out the right side of her abdomen, into her right forearm and out the backside of her forearm. The bullet then struck the wall and ricocheted, landing under the wife’s wheelchair ….”

— “Man accidentally shoots himself and his wife at a church, shortly after a discussion on shootings,” Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post 

The elderly couple were medevacked to a Knoxville hospital for treatment. Their injuries are said to be non-life-threatening, but they’re in their 80s, for Pete’s sake. It’ll be a while until they’re back in the pews.


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