WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – In what may appear to be a case of adding insult to injury, a security guard in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is facing criminal charges after shooting himself in the genitals with a gun he was not licensed to possess.
The unidentified guard was reportedly seated in his car and carrying a .38 caliber handgun in his pocket, according to the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian. The weapon accidentally discharged, resulting in a devastating penile injury.
When nearby witnesses heard the gunshot, they alerted authorities, who arrived on the scene at around 8 a.m. local time Sunday morning. Responding officers found the man slumped over the wheel and bleeding from the groin, the website Opposing Views additionally learned.
He was reportedly taken to San Fernando General Hospital for treatment, and remains under supervision of a guard. As he did not have a license for the .38 caliber gun, he will now face charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, despite the devastating injury to his privates.
A similar incident occurred last September in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in which a man shot off his penis and a testicle while cleaning a recently purchased firearm, CBS News reported. And in 2008, former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress made headlines when he injured himself after a gun he carried in his pocket went off, injuring his right thigh.
Other accidental and self-inflicted gun injuries have made headlines throughout the United States. But beyond the realm of self- injury, gun control and safety have taken center stage in American national debate after multiple mass shootings occurred throughout the country in 2012 that injured – and took the lives of – not only the gun owner, but many innocent victims as well.
President Barack Obama recently announced a package of executive orders and congressional requests aimed at curbing gun violence in the wake of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults, which received less-than pleasant receptions in pro-gun areas of the nation.
The president’s sweeping, $500 million plan, coming one month after the school massacre, marks the most comprehensive effort to tighten gun laws in nearly two decades. But his proposals, most of which are opposed by the National Rifle Association, face a doubtful future in a divided Congress where Republicans control the House.
Seeking to circumvent at least some opposition, Obama signed 23 executive actions last Wednesday, including orders to make more federal data available for background checks and end a freeze on government research on gun violence. But he acknowledged that the steps he took on his own would have less impact than the broad measures requiring approval from Capitol Hill.
“To make a real and lasting difference, Congress, too, must act,” Obama said, speaking at a White House ceremony with school children and their parents. “And Congress must act soon.”
Obama ruffled more feathers with gun advocates during his inaugural address as a top National Rifle Association official on Tuesday accused him of seeking to redefine the rights of gun owners, telling a hunting and wildlife conservation group that the president’s use of the word “absolutism” in his inauguration speech was an attack on law-abiding citizens who own firearms.
Obama said in his speech Monday that Americans shouldn’t “mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.”
The remark was interpreted by the NRA as a reference to the organization’s steadfast opposition to any new gun regulations.
NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre told a Weatherby Foundation awards ceremony that the Second Amendment gives Americans the unfettered right to own a firearm, but the president wants to redefine that freedom.
“Absolutes do exist, words do have specific meaning in language and in law,” he said.
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