Dane Gallion was so worried about being the victim of a public shooting that he accidentally committed one.
Last Thursday, Gallion went to see a screening of Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi in Seattle,Washington U.S. – but not without taking his handgun.
According to the Seattle Times, despite the cinema he visited prohibiting firearms, Gallion sneaked his weapon in.
He told police he was ‘concerned about recent mass shootings in public places’. In fact he was so concerned he kept his gun unholstered and tucked into his waistband.
Only 15 minutes into the war film Gallion’s gun somehow went off and the bullet struck the woman sitting in front of him.
Gallion quickly left the theatre, reportedly discarding his gun’s magazine in a bin on the way out.
However, when his retired Air Force Colonel father learned of the shooting and called the police, Gallion turned himself in, according to the Times.
Gallion was arrested and charged with third-degree assault. His attorney, David Allen, claimed the shooting was ‘a terrible accident’ and there was ‘no intent involved.’
The shooting left 40-year-old Michelle Mallari in the hospital with a 9mm bullet wound on her back.
It’s unknown how the shooting occurred, because the statements Gallion gave to police have been inconsistent.
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The incident has once again raised questions over whether concealed weapons do more harm than good.
Concealed weapon ownership has skyrocketed in recent years in the United States due in part to successive mass shootings. A survey released in December found two-thirds of Americans consider mass shootings a ‘critical’ issue for the country, and the percentage of Americans who believe owning a gun will protect them has risen to unprecedented levels.
Yet people with concealed-carry permits are more likely to commit mass shootings than to stop them, according to The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham. He found concealed-carry permit-holders have committed at least 29 mass shootings since 2007, compared with roughly eight known cases of permit-holders using their weapons to stop such mass shootings.