Over the weekend yet another clueless journalist published a “news story” devoid of facts or logic. I had to laugh as I read this one, the title alone tells me all I needed to know, yet I read on…
The story is chock full of fail; fail on the part of the “journalist”, the editors and of course the idiots in the police department who keep shooting themselves, inanimate objects, and unfortunately innocent people, all because they are not following the basic rules of firearms safety.
Of course, this isn’t mentioned in the story, instead they focus on blaming the gun and the lighter/shorter trigger pull.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of accidental shootings by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies has more than doubled in two years as the department switches to a new handgun.
There were 12 accidental discharges of weapons in 2012 and 30 last year — most of which involved the new gun, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/1TkMK4O).
In October, a deputy tripped over a stroller and fired a bullet through the wall of a house in Huntington Park. Last November, a deputy in Lancaster shot himself in the thigh while pulling his gun. In December, a deputy in Compton accidentally pulled the trigger on his gun as he approached a suspected stolen car and a bullet hit the door. Nobody was in the car, however.
The recurring theme of every scenario quoted above is bad trigger discipline, the problem isn’t with the gun, it’s with the user(s).
The story goes on to cover this gem:
The inspector general of the Sheriff’s Department is investigating the increase in accidental firings. But sheriff’s officials attribute the increase to the learning curve for the new weapon, the Smith & Wesson M&P9.
“Investigating the increase.” That’s laughable! It doesn’t matter how light the trigger is, if you don’t pull the trigger the gun doesn’t go off, if you don’t put your finger on the trigger, the trigger can’t be pulled.
Another favorite quote from the story, I sure hope that the “journalist” hacked the quotes from these guys and that they’re not this stupid:
“The vast majority were people trained on the Beretta,” Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers said. “There is a correlation, no doubt about it.”
The only “correlation” (once again) is bad training and/or bad habits while handling firearms.
Now, I’m sure someone is going to point out some sort of weird scenario where the trigger is pressed because it somehow got caught on a pen cap sticking out of a pocket, or something stupid like that.
Yes, that kind of accident can happen, in the end it’s still the users fault, when you holster a firearms pay attention and keep your finger off of the trigger, it’s as simple as that.
When it comes to handling firearms never forget the golden rules:
1. Always Keep The Muzzle Pointed In A Safe Direction
2. Firearms Should Be Unloaded When Not Actually In Use
3. Don’t Rely On Your Gun’s “Safety”
4. Be Sure Of Your Target And What’s Beyond It
5. Use Correct Ammunition
6. If Your Gun Fails To Fire When The Trigger Is Pulled, Handle With Care!
7. Always Wear Eye And Ear Protection When Shooting
8. Be Sure The Barrel Is Clear Of Obstructions Before Shooting
9. Don’t Alter Or Modify Your Gun, And Have Guns Serviced Regularly
10. Learn The Mechanical And Handling Characteristics Of The Firearm You Are Using
If the Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were following these rules, the accidental misfires would be a big fat ZERO.
And that’s the bottom line.