It turns out the Amish Girl was killed by a horrible incident of negligence. Pretty much it was an accident, but one based on a negligent action. This is a horrible thing, but the man never intended to kill the girl. I’m sure that gives comfort to the family of the young woman slain – Okay, not even close. My heart goes out to the family.
Firing a gun into the air is incredibly stupid. As we can see the potential for tragedy played out to the fullest in this case. Doesn’t get much worse than this. This is why we don’t fire a rifle – of any type – into the air. Ever. Even a muzzle loader, 1.5 miles away from anything. Just don’t do it. For a muzzle loader, you can’t just unload, which is why the man fired it. So what you do is you fire it into something that can take a hit. Like a bucket of sand. Or a barrel of sand or water. Whatever you can come up with. Just don’t fire it into the air.