Celebratory Gunfire is Illegal. It injures and in most cases - these wounds are fatal.
On January 1, 2012, in Ruskin, FL, just a few minutes after midnight, 12-year-old Diego Duran, was struck in the head by a stray bullet. He was standing in his front yard, watching the fireworks in the sky.
Diego was rushed to the hospital, where he spent nearly five months. After numerous surgeries, medical procedures, and therapy, he is finally back home, but he has a long road until he makes a full recovery.
Bullets can travel up to 3 miles from where they were shot, depending on the caliber. What goes up, must come down. When a bullet is fired randomly into the air, there's no way of knowing where it will land.
Fallen bullets can reach terminal velocity of up to 500 feet per second. A bullet traveling at only 200 feet per second can penetrate a human skull.
Marquel Peters lost his life to celebratory gunfire on New Year's Day while inside a church in Dekalb, GA in 2010. The stray bullet pierced through the roof of the church. Marquel was only 4 years old.
15-year-old Karla Michelle Negrón Vélez was struck in the head by celebratory gunfire New Year's Day 2012 in Puerto Rico. She was on life support for two weeks. Unfortunately, she did not survive her injuries.
All deaths and injuries caused as a result of celebratory gunfire can be prevented. This is a real issue that affects all of us, in one way or another. Please help us spread the word.
Celebratory Gunfire is an old and irresponsible practice. It is not as uncommon as one might think. Celebratory Gunfire has claimed numerous lives and injured many others.
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Six-year-old Italian tourist Andrea Fregonese was in Miami with his family on New Year's Day in 2010, when a stray bullet punctured his lung.
December 31, 2004: A 75 yr. old man in Orlando, FL. was mortally wounded in the heart from a falling bullet. Police later traced the bullet to a gun confiscated from a man firing into the air more than a mile away.
On July 4th. of 2013, 7 yr. old Brendon Mackey was on his way to a fireworks celebration with his dad and other family members. He died the next day in a Richmond hospital, a bullet lodged at the base of his skull as result of celebratory gunfire.
Fifteen-year-old Brandon Reid was watching Miami Heat basketball players celebrate their world championship Thursday, June of 2013 when a bullet came through his mother's sliding glass door and grazed his skull.
June 1999: 14-year-old Shannon Smith was killed by a bullet fired into the air more than a mile away. She was struck in the head while talking on the phone in her backyard.
Her parents worked with elected officials, and one year later, in 2000, the careless discharge of a firearm within the city was elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony.
July 4th, 2012: While watching fireworks with his wife and friends at the Safety Harbor Marina, in Florida; Richard Smeraldo was struck in the face by a stray bullet.
At first he thought he'd been struck by a rock, until a friend found the bullet on the blanket next to her.
Smeraldo was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital after the bullet went through the bill of his cap, into the bridge of his nose. From there it went out his right nostril, through the upper portion of his bottom lip and exited through his lower chin. The bullet then struck a medallion that was worn around Smeraldo's neck, bounced off the back of his friend and landed onto the blanket.
December 31, 1994: A tourist from Boston was killed by a falling bullet while taking a walk on the Moonwalk in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.
These are just of a few cases reported, unfortunately there are many more.