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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 5:15 pm | Updated: 10:51 pm, Thu Sep 12, 2013.

BLOOMING PRAIRIE — One man was airlifted away from a gun range near Blooming Prairie on Wednesday evening after accidently shooting himself in the leg.

According to Steele County Sheriff Lon Thiele — who was speaking from Aurora, Colo., due to his attending a convention for sheriffs — the unidentified man was taking a training course through the National Rifle Association on a firearms course on Highway 30 west of Blooming Prairie.

Thiele said when the man went to draw his weapon from his holster during one of the exercises, the gun went off and a bullet struck him in the femoral area of the leg. The man was airlifted to a Mayo Clinic facility in Rochester.

“It went through his leg,” Thiele said. “Any time you have an injury, whether it’s a car accident or anything, to the femoral part of the leg, whether it’s the artery or the leg itself, that’s very serious. It drains a lot of blood. They were probably just playing it safe and making sure they got him there while they could.”

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  • FatBroad posted at 8:16 am on Sat, Sep 14, 2013.

    FatBroad Posts: 254

    I loved watching the Three Stooges because of the slapstick. This is slapstick.

  • Special Ed posted at 9:43 pm on Fri, Sep 13, 2013.

    Special Ed Posts: 784

    Seems to happen a lot in Faribault. Didn't the school board chair shoot himself in the foot a few times last year?

  • netcit posted at 8:23 pm on Fri, Sep 13, 2013.

    netcit Posts: 2

    In a sense, I agree with you. The scenarios are not the same. That being said though:
    "MEDFORD — A tire sitting in the middle of the southbound lanes of I-35 in Steele County was the cause of a multi-vehicle accident on Wednesday morning that sent an Iowa man to the hospital"

    A tire sitting in the middle of the raod in broad daylight - obstructed maybe, maybe not. That scene may very well have been simple negligence on the part of the driver. The same negligence that one may possess when handling a weapon.

    That's the only camparison I draw here.

  • Altruist posted at 7:44 pm on Fri, Sep 13, 2013.

    Altruist Posts: 165

    I don't see the correlation. A tire that may have been hidden from view of the biker by another vehicle vs a mishandled firearm by a not properly trained individual?

    Amusing or not, it's not the same.

  • netcit posted at 4:07 pm on Fri, Sep 13, 2013.

    netcit Posts: 2

    Regardless of whether one supports stronger gun control efforts or not, there is nothing amusing whatsoever about someone accidentally hurting themselves!

    Given the same line of thought, maybe you are amused by the recent motorcyclist that ran over a tire on I-35, who subsequently received self-injuries as a result. An accident is an accident any way you look at it.

    One could believe that the NRA may actually have just weeded out someone who should not be carrying a weapon, no?

  • Altruist posted at 2:10 pm on Fri, Sep 13, 2013.

    Altruist Posts: 165

    Apparently in this case, better gun control was needed.

  • Red_Chip posted at 1:20 pm on Fri, Sep 13, 2013.

    Red_Chip Posts: 66

    Remember what the NRA likes to say. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Hope the guys okay, but as someone who believes in some form of gun control, this is funny, as is what Special Ed said,

  • Altruist posted at 8:56 am on Fri, Sep 13, 2013.

    Altruist Posts: 165

    I'm guessing that he missed the part on how to safely handle a firearm.

    But, I can recall a Rice County deputy shooting himself in the leg also.

  • someguy posted at 8:08 am on Fri, Sep 13, 2013.

    someguy Posts: 181

    That's neither funny nor part of this story.

  • Special Ed posted at 7:45 pm on Thu, Sep 12, 2013.

    Special Ed Posts: 784

    The really funny part of this story is that it was the NRA that suggested (professional) NRA gun training for teachers and then arming them to "defend" our schools. Imagine all those teachers patrolling the halls on crutches. [beam]

  • Special Ed posted at 7:41 pm on Thu, Sep 12, 2013.

    Special Ed Posts: 784

    Who was teaching the course? Deputy Fife?

  • truth7 posted at 5:35 pm on Thu, Sep 12, 2013.

    truth7 Posts: 1

    I am guessing he did not pass the training course?


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