TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
Gregory Dale Lanier, 35, who was shot in the leg after his dog kicked his .38 pistol on the truck's floor as the two were traveling. The dog knocked the pistol from the seat and the gun discharged sending a bullet into his leg. Lanier was not only surprised that the gun was loaded, but also that it
was actually a 9mm weapon. The dog wasn't arrested for its actions. Sounds like yet another responsible gun owner.
AND THEN THERE'S .....
Yan Linkun, a member of a Chinese government advisory board and mining official, who missed his flight and went berserk. After the government official and his family missed a flight, Yan picked up a metal stand and tried to smash the glass doors leading to the boarding area. When he was unable to break the glass, he smashed the counter at the gate. It took three security guards to calm the government official down. Yan was suspended from his job and made a statement saying "I failed to be a qualified political adviser, as well as a good father."
OR HOW 'BOUT .....
Lieutenant Shaun Currie, a Maine State Trooper, whose firearm accidentally discharged during a staff meeting. Currie was at a computer training class, with two other troopers, when he shifted in his seat and his firearm discharged while still in the holster. The incident is under investigation and a reenactment team is being assembled to determine whether it was a mechanical defect or an operator error.
OKAY, ONE MORE .....
James Phillips, 22, whose bid to become a criminal mastermind was thwarted when he tried to flee four patrol cars and a helicopter by using... a moped. Phillips, a banned driver, hit a top speed of almost 30mph in his attempt to outrun police. Phillips made a statement after he was arrested saying "I don't know what I was thinking really. I would not do it again - I didn't even think I would get away from them."
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