Sunday, 24 April 2011

Muslim-hating, Koran-burning pastor Terry Jones accidentally shoots his gun in Michigan parking lot


alg_terry_jonesThe Muslim-hating pastor whose Koran burning triggered deadly protests in Afghanistan last month nearly claimed more lives Thursday when his gun went off in a parking lot. Terry Jones was entering the passenger side of his car when he accidentally shot his 40-caliber handgun and sent a bullet through the floorboard of the vehicle, the Detroit Free Press reported. The hate-spewing preacher had just done an interview with Fox 2 TV of Michigan to promote an anti-Islam protest planned for this weekend in the city of Dearborn.
"Officers heard a gunshot, approached the vehicle, asked Mr. Jones if he was OK," Southfield Police Lt. Nick Loussia told the Free Press.

"He was, and they also observed he had a gun in his hand."

Both Jones and his driver, who was also packing heat, were carrying valid Florida concealed weapons licenses and weren't charged by police.

"Based on the facts of the investigation it did not appear a crime had been committed," Loussia said, adding that both men were allowed to leave the scene with their guns.

Outside the court in Dearborn Friday morning, Jones tried to explain his careless mistake.

"I always, always have the  safety on, and I guess if I can find an excuse, I'd been up since 4:30 a.m. and I forgot to put \[the safety\] back on," he said.

Jones was in court to get permission from local authorities to protest in front of Dearborn's Islamic Center of America.

While he didn't say whether he'd burn the Muslim holy book again, he had a message for critics who claim his actions incite violence.

"If you burn the Bible, I'm not going to kill you.

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