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

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There have been at least 12 people "accidentally" shot and killed in Arizona this year.

Just this week, a Pinal County man tried to "scare" his girlfriend by pointing a gun at her and pulling the trigger. There was a bullet in that gun, and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Ramiro Delcid accidentally shot his girlfriend right in the chest, killing her. See the details on each of the 12 shootings below.

See also:
-Drunk-Driving Fatality Rate Going Up in Arizona
-Arizona One of Few States Where More People Die From Gunshots Than Car Crashes

State health department statistics show that around 12 shooting deaths in a year isn't extraordinary -- it's certainly a lot fewer than the 26 in 2002.


2013 "accidental" shooting deaths:

13.) 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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Shawn Olson
Shawn Olson

oh my god does this mean obama is taking my guns.......lol


Among the under 18 yr old category Arizona had 2 accidental shooting deaths in 2010 and 60 accidental deaths involving cars/bikes/buses.

That same year 354 kids died from "natural causes", ie they got sick and died.

While it is unfortunate that people die, it happens.  We fret about gun deaths because guns are noisy and the deaths are bloody and violent.  Yet they really aren't a significant issue for the majority of Americans.  

valleynative topcommenter

Training in the basics of gun handling, including how to unload it so that it's really unloaded and where to point it even when you're really sure it's unloaded and what it should be pointed at when you decide to pull the trigger, should be taught to as many people as possible, but it cannot legally be a requirement in order to exercise a Constitutional right, anymore than we can require any particular level of education in order to vote.

The best we can do might be to offer a tax incentive for people to take a training class.

ExpertShot topcommenter

Background checks for ALL gun purchases and classes for gun ownership may help and certainly could not hurt. 

Now that we know that President Obama is not going to take our guns, I feel much more comfortable with a little more gun control legislation coming up. 

valleynative topcommenter

Census estimates say there are about 2 million gun owners in Arizona.

Fortunately, most of them aren't complete idiots.


@marcy I'll bet it's a significant issue to the loved ones of the person who's dead.

valleynative topcommenter


The federal government lacks the authority to regulate trade within the individual States.

President Obama tried his best to restrict gun ownership as much as he could.  Why in the world would you be willing to give him an inch?

jonnyquest topcommenter


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