The following is a link to an article in Friday's ADN that I though you all might find interesting:
Apparently a drunk woman found a discarded handgun over by Delong lake on Friday. In her infinite wisdom, she pulled the trigger a "few times" and nothing happened, so she decided to point it at her head and pull the trigger. It fired. A friend drove her to the ER where she still had the gun, and an employee felt threatened and called the police. Now she has a hole in head and is charged with felony assult and drunken possession.
First, I've always felt that firearm safety education should be taught in the high schools along with drivers education and other "life skills". I doubt that it would have helped in this case, but it couldn't hurt.
Second, the article doesn't say what she did at the hospital to warrant the assult charge. APD just stated that "All it takes is someone to be placed in fear of imminent physical danger."
I suppose just being drunk with a handgun and showing such a lack of handgun knowledge to shoot yourself in the head may be sufficient for the employees to feel like they were in "imminent danger".