Reminder: Don't Fire Guns Into the Air Tonight

This is your annual New Year's Eve reminder to please not fire a gun into the air at the stroke of midnight, like an asshole.

Yet it happens every year. 

The old year ends, the new one begins, and people suddenly turn into Mexican bandits from an old Western and fire their pistolas into the air in celebration, not accounting for the fact that GRAVITY IS A THING and that the bullets do come back down.

And then innocent people die.

The Sun-Sentinel has a handy dandy rundown of senseless deaths that have occurred over the years after people decided to go all Yosemite Sam while watching the New Year's Rockin' Eve.

Among them: a 6-year-old boy seriously injured at a party in the Miami Design District in 2010, two Delray Beach residents hit by stray bullets in 2006, and a 35-year-old Liberty City father of five hit in the top of his head by a falling bullet in 2007.

Innocent people -- including kids -- killed or severely injured because firing a gun into the sky is totally boss, bro.

For those who need a primer, it's pretty friggin' simple:

The bullet of a gun fired into the air will typically travel up to a mile into the sky. But, since outer space and zero gravity is higher up than a whole mile, the bullet will fall back down to Earth. It's just a matter of where and on whom.

Sure, it may not be traveling back down as fast as it went up, but bullets are typically shaped like bullets and therefore are still going to travel back down at lethal speeds.

Celebratory gunshot deaths happen every year. Without fail.

Cops ask that you please immediately call 911 if you hear gunfire in your area. Then head inside. If some jackass pulls out a revolver at the party you're at, leave right away and call the cops.

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Chris Joseph
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