The young daughter of an Idaho militia member was shot and wounded after a local meeting held by the group on Sunday. While her name has not been released, the 12-year-old girl was taken by helicopter to a hospital for treatment after the accidental shooting. As reported by the Twin Falls Times News, the incident occurred at the Rupert Gun Range.
According to the girl’s mother, she was in stable condition on Monday morning and the shooting is still under investigation. It is not yet clear who was handling the weapon when it fired.
Brandon Curtiss, the president of the 111% militia group, shared some details about the child and the unfortunate shooting in a Facebook post that sought donations for the wounded child’s family.
According to Curtiss, the militia member’s gun accidentally fired while it was in the middle of being cleaned. The stray bullet hit a metal table beneath a shelter and ricocheted, striking the girl. The bullet entered her stomach and exited her side. He spoke of her condition, saying that she was alright enough to tell her father that she loved him as she was loaded onto the helicopter.
Curtiss has also urged members to donate to the 111% Idaho group’s PayPal account, stating that the donations were meant for the girl’s family. According to a supporter of the group, this shooting was simply “a reminder to watch your barrel discipline!”
The 111% Idaho group was a part of the 2014 armed standoff at the Bundy ranch in Nevada, but did not participate in the recent Oregon standoff after Ammon Bundy rejected their offer to provide security during the nature reserve occupation. Curtiss, who also heads the Pacific Patriots Network of militia groups, has issued calls for more action in Oregon and elsewhere.
From Raw Story:
The III% movement was co-founded by pro-gun, anti-government activist Mike Vanderboegh, who promotes the idea that the Second Amendment allows unsatisfactory election results to be overturned by armed revolt.
The group’s name refers to the apocryphal belief that only 3 percent of colonists participated in the American Revolution, and group members take pains to describe themselves as a mainstream conservative group — although their rhetoric frequentlyoverlaps with other far-right “patriot” groups and even white supremacist groups.
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