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Shooter Matt Emmons lost the gold in Athens for shooting when, inexplicably, he shot at the wrong target in the finals. Not to be outdone, he made it back to the Olympic finals and this time lost the gold when his gun went off before he had aimed. Sounds like Mr. Emmonds has performance anxiety.

I feel sorry for his wife. Though not that sorry because she won both Gold & Silver in shooting for the Czech Republic this year… Awkward!

From the Chicago Tribune:

BEIJING – Something happens to Matt Emmons of Browns Mills, N.J., when he reaches the final of the three-position rifle event.

Four years ago in Athens, it appeared as if he were on his way to a gold medal when he cross-fired and hit the wrong target. That day wasn’t a total loss. He met his future wife, a Czech shooter, when she came to console him.

Perhaps something good also will come from Sunday’s mishap, when he got an itchy trigger finger in the final, fired too soon, missed the target completely and dropped from first to fourth place.

“I didn’t feel my finger shaking, but I guess it was,” said Emmons, who last week won a silver medal in men’s prone. “I realized it went off and I hoped it made it into the black. I call it a freak of nature.”

China’s Qiu Jian got the gold medal.

Emmons got a big hug from his wife, Katerina, who has won a gold and silver here for Czech Republic.


From the department of “Guns Don’t Kill People, Bullets Do”.  This, today, from AFP:

President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed severe punishment on Monday after 17 people were wounded when a French soldier mistakenly opened fire with live ammunition during a display at an army base.

The 28-year-old sergeant fired his assault rifle into a crowd of hundreds of visitors watching a mock hostage rescue operation Sunday at the base near the southwestern city of Carcassonne.

A three-year-old boy, who took bullets in the heart and in the arm, and both his parents were among the victims who were rushed to hospitals in the region, officials said.


Apparently the floods in Missouri and the Supreme Court’s 2nd Amendment decision this week in DC vs. Heller had a connection.  From the AP:

WINFIELD, Mo. – A heroic effort by hundreds of townspeople, volunteers and National Guardsmen to hold back the Mississippi River failed Friday — undone by a burrowing muskrat.

The furry rodent dug a hole through the earthen levee in this eastern Missouri community, allowing water to penetrate the floodwall, which failed shortly before dawn.

“It’s so disappointing,” said Linda Wilmesherr as she peered through binoculars at water pouring through a gap that appeared to be 30 feet wide. “With all the guns in this county, couldn’t we kill a muskrat?”