Chad Bogard, a Kingsport resident who relocated two weeks ago for a job with an automotive company, accidentally shot himself at the shooting range. Firing two .357-caliber Magnums, one in each hand, a .38-caliber round struck him in the abdomen about 9:45 a.m. Saturday.
He was airlifted to a Gainesville hospital, where he died five hours later.
Bogard was practicing “cowboy action shooting,” a fast-growing sport in which shooters attempt to hit as many targets as they can in the shortest amount of time, often dressed in western garb.
Okay, I'm not in sync with the gunguys.com attitude that guns are so unsafe that no one should have them. Climbing mountains is probably less safe, but I'm not against that either. However, this 'cowboy shooting', to me, seems like a dumb sport that should not exist, unless it is going to be done with paintballs or the like. Indeed, it seems to me disrespectful of the weapon. Look at olympic fencing; that's sporting with a weapon that respects the dangers of the weapon, I think.