Monday, April 6, 2015

Negligent ≠ Accidental

Negligent is what put a bullet in this campus policeman's leg.


Jerry The Geek said...

Not necessarily true.

ASM826 said...


I'd like to see that holster and see a re-creation by any means, even using two hands to dangle that drawstring into the trigger guard and wedge it there firmly enough to grip the trigger and the "safe action bar and overcome the trigger spring.

I might believe that he shoved the drawstring into the holster with the pistol as he re-holstered and it went off. That would mean, of course, that he had the pistol out of the holster for some reason.

This doesn't make him a bad guy, mistakes happen, even with firearms, especially when they are being handled. But it doesn't make it accidental.

Just like car accidents. They aren't accidents, they're negligents. One driver or another has done something, failed to yield, drove to fast, took his eyes off the road and his auto hit another auto. Not accidental.

selsey.steve said...

There is no such thing as an accidental discharge of a weapon.
There is only negligence and/or stupidity.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

I have to disagree with that selsey.steve. There is such a thing as an accidental discharge. BUT it's extraordinarily rare, and almost always involves a mechanical failure of the weapon (i.e., a stuck firing pin causing a slam fire, or a sear breaking on a gun without a firing pin block).