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The paintball gun crusader…


Ann Johansson for The New York Times

I had no idea that this happens with paintball guns:

By Michael Parrisha/NYT 14-year-old player inadvertently detached a valve, launching his gun’s carbon-dioxide-filled cylinder as an unguided missile. It struck Ms. Contois, who was watching from a picnic area off the field, in the back of the head. She never regained consciousness, and died at the scene. full article

Apparently this also happened to a 15-year-old boy here in Washington…

The NYT article linked above details the husband of the woman who was killed’s crusade to improve the guns.

I know a lot of you paintball. I guess this serves as a warning more than anything else…


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