SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC/WMC) - Mike Worley invented the Safety Bullet to bridge a gap.
On one side, curious kids raised by reckless parents/guardians with guns. On the other, responsible gun-owners who demand fast access to self-defense.
In the middle, a little girl in Panama City, Fla., shot to death by her brother playing with dad's gun in 1995.
"The girl was 6 years old, and she was shot by her 4-year-old brother," said Worley. "No safety device had been used on the gun.
"As a dad, I could not imagine the pure hell that family was going through. I was upset by the story, and then I got mad."
According to a study of accidental shootings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 363 unintentional shooting deaths in 16 states between 2003 and 2006.
- 49 percent of the shootings were inflicted by someone else other than the victims.
- 78 percent of the victims were children -- infants to 14 years old.
- 81 percent of the shooters -- were under the age of 25.
Half of the cases were family members killing other family members -- brothers, sisters, cousins.
Nearly all of them involved a handgun that was not properly secured.
The stats and the stories inspired the Safety Bullet's design. It's just like a regular ammo cartridge -- same primer and casing -- but the bullet itself is a neoprene ball.
In a semi-automatic pistol, you plug it on top of the live ammo in a magazine, load it into the chamber and just leave the handgun out where you need to get to it quickly.
TONIGHT on THE News at 6 we will hear from experts about their thoughts on the Safety Bullet and similar products.