13 die in hunting accidents in Italy

2012-10-21 22:02

Rome - The hunting season has barely begun in Italy, where 720 000 people hunt regularly and already 13 people, including a child, have died in related accidents, an anti-gun association says.

"Stop the massacre," Victims of Hunting said on Sunday, noting that another 33 people had suffered gunshot wounds since the autumn-spring season began on 1 September.

The figures represent a sharp rise from last year's hunting season, when a total of 25 people were killed, including 24 hunters, and 70 were wounded including 11 non-hunters.

"The government should do something," the group's president Daniela Casprini said in a statement.

"An ordinary citizen can't go about normal activities in the hunting areas without risking death and hunting should be banned in Italy.

"We must end what is a veritable massacre," she said.

"Opinions have little importance next to the facts."

The latest hunting accident, on Saturday, happened in Pavia in northwestern Italy where a 16-year-old was killed by his 17-year-old best friend.

Their families face charges for failing to keep their guns locked away.

  • fishycraig - 2012-10-21 23:32

    Anti gun associations are 'up in arms'. Got to love the irony of that statement. As an aside, something has to be done with these Mediterranean countries and their hunting ethos. Shooting a rabbit for the pot is one thing but these guys blast everything. Migrating birds, doesn't matter if it is a bird of prey or a robin, are especially blasted to bits.

  • fiston.mwanza - 2012-10-22 03:10

    I think the government must allow expert only for hunting to avoid those manslaughter.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-10-22 06:45

    "The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." - Thomas Jefferson

  • sarel.brits - 2012-10-22 06:50

    No wonder, these Italians never really had any GUN sense, look at how they got their ass kicked in WW2.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-10-22 06:51

    "This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future." --- Adolf Hitler 1935

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-10-22 06:57

    Serves them right for making a sport out of killing.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-22 07:02

    They are trigger happy.I know, I saw some of them in action.

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