By all means, call 911 if you have been shot, or if you believe you have been shot.

Disclaimer aside, I think I had been watching too many movies over the last few years and reading into things.

A couple years ago I responded to a unique shooting. A man states there was a knock at the door, he opened it and a man he had never seen before shot him in the genitals.

I didn’t buy the “I don’t know who it was” excuse, but he had indeed been shot in the genitals. Treatment went smoothly and after transferring him to the ER staff, I started to wonder why someone would shoot someone else in the genitals.
“A message” was the decision I came to. Maybe too many mob movies or shows about the “Honor among thieves.”
Perhaps there had been an affair and the shooting party wanted to send the message that the affair was over. It made perfect sense at the time and we moved on.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I encountered the same kind of call. Different fellow this time, but the story was the same. Knock at the door, open, bang, ouch in the sensitive place.

I commented to one of the officers at the scene that I had seen this before and he laughed. He explained to me that the injury is likely self inflicted. It seems folks who shove guns into their waste bands rarely understand basic safety measures to take with a firearm. Then the friend who was nearby takes the likely illegal weapon away before we arrive. (Rarely do folks who have legal weapons remove them before police arrive.)

It seems folks are shooting themselves in the personal place while trying to carry a gun without a holster.

Go figure.

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