This post is dedicated to all those gun controllers who say only police officers should be allowed to have handguns.
First - A cop was shot in the leg by an accidental trigger pull of a holstered handgun by a school kid.
Yes, it was a Glock -- light trigger pull, no manual safety, a class room full of playful children, and apparently in this particular case, a holster that didn't cover the trigger. What could possibly go wrong?
Read the story at Lodi Police Officer Shot When Child Pulled Trigger On His Gun At Reading Event. The article originally identified the gun as a "Glock .35" as if it were a .35 caliber gun. But it's the news business, and sometimes it seems as if reporters pride themselves in knowing as little about guns as possible. Anyway, at some point today they removed the misplaced period without acknowledging the error.
The worst part of this whole affair?
Officers want to find the child and his parents to piece together what went wrong. “Hopefully, speaking to the child and the child’s parents to find out how they were able to get access to the officer’s gun, what the child’s intent may have been—we don’t know if it was accidental or unintentional.”
That's the ticket. Blame it on the kid. Maybe there should be a law against adults providing easy access of firearms to children. Oh, there is? Well maybe there needs to be another one.
Hat tip C.S.
Second - While we're talking about guns in the highly gun controlled state of California, here's another one. Two LA Deputies Suspended After Getting Drunk, Arguing With Each Other and Firing Guns Into Air. "The deputies were apparently arguing over loud music." Be sure to watch the video at the link -- there's some controversy over the two not having been jailed but possibly having been given special treatment. The two lawmen were identified as "44-year-old DeJay Barber of Mira Loma and 24-year-old Matthew Rincon of Ontario."
Third - The incident happened in 2006, but the legal issue may be still alive. A Los Angeles police officer named Enrique Chavez jumped in his truck with his three year old son. And this happened:
Chavez had removed the child's car seat from the truck and had forgotten that he had left his Glock, which he always kept loaded, beneath the front seat, the court said. Less than 10 minutes into the drive, Collin picked up the pistol and, while the truck was stopped at a red light, shot his father in the back.
Chavez was paralyzed from the waist down, and he sued Glock, Inc., alleging that the gun didn't have adequate safeguards against accidental discharges. The case was dismissed by the trial judge, Chavez appealed, and about a year ago the Second District Court of Appeal issued a 3-0 ruling that there was enough of an issue to go to trial. See Judge allows paralyzed dad to sue Glock. But since then, nothing. Either they are getting ready for trial or Glock settled with the plaintiff for an undisclosed amount and a confidentiality agreement.
Hey, make even more laws against adults providing easy access of firearms to children.
In any event, once gun controllers get their way and all guns have been confiscated, law enforcement officers won't need those dangerous guns either. And we'll all live happily ever after.