One of the NRA’s ‘responsible gun owners’ decided to confront a group of people protesting fascism, gun in hand, on Sunday when he somehow managed to shoot himself.
Benjamin Hornberger loves his gun and Donald Trump, but he sure hates gun safety. Hornenberger decided he wanted to show a bunch of protesters he meant business, so he holstered his revolver and took it with him to Gettysburg National Park, where he and other self-described “patriots” expected to have a miniature Civil War with people representing an anti-fascism movement.
Naturally, he shot himself in the leg:
Benjamin Hornberger, 23, was wounded in a central area of the federal park around 1 p.m. as First Ammendment advocates were demonstrating, a U.S. Parks spokeswoman told the Daily News.
The gun went off after he rested the bottom of a flagpole he carried on the holster, witnesses told Pennlive.com.
Parks police “were present and applied a tourniquet to his injuries,” the spokeswoman said. Hornberger, of nearby Shippensburg, Pa., was rushed to a local hospital.
EMS personnel told local ABC affiliate WHTM that the tourniquet probably saved his life. He’s expected to be okay, according to reports.
Parks police at the scene told Pennlive.com that the gun was “bad.” They had difficulty disarming the weapon, which accidentally went off again as police handled it, the news website reported.
Hornberger and others, described as being “decked in camoflauge — toting rifles and handguns — showed up because of an unsubstantiated rumor that their targets planned to trash the battlefield. In other words, they were looking for any excuse to shoot.
Hornberger says that he likes Donald Trump because he goes “straight to the throat and said this is the way it is and it needs to stop.” He says he believes the United States “is a business and should be run by businessman Donald Trump.”
Who knew that Trump fans aren’t responsible enough to have guns?
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