10 Arizonans Killed in "Accidental" Shootings So Far This Year

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There have been at least 10 people "accidentally" shot and killed in Arizona this year.

Just this week, a 56-year-old Prescott Valley man was killed after he asked his wife to grab his shotgun for him and the gun discharged during the transfer, fatally wounding him.

Although there may be more than 10 accidental shooting deaths so far this year, these are just the ones that we are aware of. Note that four of the 10 people killed are children.

State health department statistics show that these deaths happen every year in Arizona, but remember that there are 10 already in August of 2013. There are many, many more accidental firearm injuries, but most aren't fatal.


Below, check out the details of the 10 fatal shootings so far this year.

11.) Manuel Ortiz

Manuel Ortiz
This one isn't included in the total count, since it took place on New Year's Eve, 2012. According to Phoenix police, Ortiz's sister, 19-year-old Savannah Ramirez, accidentally shot and killed Ortiz while they were posing for photos together, with a gun to Ortiz's head.

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gonna put my foot down and mention that drunk drivers never intentionally hit anyone or at least you can't assume to know what they were thinking unless they admit otherwise, and intentionally starving kids, and many of the other BS you right-wing nuts on the board mention HAVE NOTHING to do with guns. Stop using strawman arguments ... and stick to the topic. 


Absolutely anyone can kill a person, claim an "accident", and walk away scot free, unless concrete evidence of a crime can be produced. It can almost be guaranteed that some of the deaths reported here fall into that category.

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

Of course it does. Please go ahead and post the numbers for the drunk drivers, running red lines, overdose, unavailability of medications, child drownings... It 'further[s our] liberal agenda' very much. Darwin's Law has a liberal bias.

Ryan Ford
Ryan Ford

How many deaths by drunk drivers? Drug overdose? How about malnourishment? Oh wait, how about child drownings? No, that doesn't further your liberal agenda does it?....


How many accidental deaths by motor vehicles so far this year?

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I and many others keep saying, and gun nuts deny, that there is no such thing as an "accidental" shooting. In all cases one of the rules of gun safety was being ignored: always assume a gun is loaded and don't point a gun at anyone unless you intend to shoot him. These were NOT accidental shootings; they were a result of human error.


Yeah, what's with putting the word accident in quotes? Are you saying that the wife handing her husband the shotgun was a dastardly plot to actually kill him? Seriously, don't go down the asshole road here, I like your column usually, but if someone didn't do something intentionally, then it's an accident, plain and simple.


@Mary Doe what do those have to do with people cheating the system by claiming self defense, stand your ground or accident shootings? 

valleynative topcommenter


The "gun nuts" I know are the most safety conscious people you'll ever meet, and have little tolerance for "accidents". 



It's not an accident that a drunk driver careening down the road gets in an "accident", it's the expected outcome of a set of actions.  The same is true when you mishandle a gun, regardless of what your intentions were.


@marcy @Mikey1969

ac·ci·dent  /ˈaksidənt/Noun
  1. An unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.
  2. A crash involving road or other vehicles, typically one that causes serious damage or injury.

See how definitions work? If I could highlight the part that you seem to not understand any more than I already have, I would. 

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