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Man Shoots Self Twice Trying to Kill Caged Raccoon

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The 2nd Amendment gives Americans the right to bear arms, but perhaps some people shouldn't exercise those rights. For example, an Iowa man who accidentally shot himself -- twice -- while trying to shoot a raccoon in a cage.

It seems that a raccoon got caught in a trap in the rural town of Redfield Saturday morning, so 68-year-old Larry Godwin decided to shoot it.

Well, the first shot ricocheted off of the cage and hit Godwin in the lower abdomen area. He then dropped his gun and it went off again, hitting him in about the same spot.

He is being treated at a hospital in Des Moines for what The Associated Press calls non-life threatening wounds.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating, likely to make sure that the man is telling the truth and that the raccoon did not somehow wrestle the gun away from the man and shoot him itself.

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