Wednesday, June 13, 2007

More Gun Stupidity From The Enemy Press reports an Enemy Press AP story about a gun under a pillow that "went off" and severely injured an off duty police woman.

"Albany police Sgt. Kinshishi Adams, 34, was lying in bed Sunday when a .40 caliber pistol she kept under her pillow discharged and struck her in her left wrist, Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek said." Oh, that foul gun! Imagine the horror the officer felt when the gun raised itself from under the pillow and shot her!

Lest you think it's just the press that misunderstands negligent discharge, the police spokesmen obviously misunderstand it as well. "Both Cheek and Albany police stressed the importance of gun safety in the wake of the accident. 'We train on gun safety and we stress gun safety, but even the people who handle guns for a living, accidents happen,' Cheek said. 'We just stress that firearms are not toys, and even people experienced with firearms occasionally have accidents.'"

For the record for those inexperienced with guns: a gun will not generally "go off" on its own. You must pull the trigger. Now of course the story is incomplete, as it doesn't indicate how the gun was fired. It could have fallen on the floor from the bed, but unless the gun is not on safe and the hammer is back on it, most guns will not fire if dropped from a small distance. Please note, I said most. As the gun was a .40, we can assume it was a semi-auto. That means the gun must have had a round in the chamber with the hammer back, ready to fire. If the gun didn't fall off the bed, the officer pulled the trigger. That's not an "accident," that's negligence.

No one should really expect layers of professional fact checkers and editors to understand this fact, but you would expect professional law enforcement to understand. Then again, maybe not.

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