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View Diary: Firearms Law and Policy Digest September 6, 2013 (53 comments)

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  •  Two of the people I live most ... (8+ / 0-)

    ... in this world work in schools.  They would both put themselves between danger and their kids, so guns in schools is something I think about a lot.  I cannot for the life of me understand what that SWAT officer was thinking taking a loaded  weapon that doesn't have a safety into a room full of curious little kids ... well that's it, isn't it, he didn't think.

    •  SWAT ain't what it used to be (5+ / 0-)

      nowadays, all you need is velcro and a plate carrier.  No training necessary.

      I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful. Unfortunately, it is not.…We're better than this. We must do better. Cmdr Scott Kelley

      by wretchedhive on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 06:33:45 PM PDT

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    •  just FYI, (1+ / 0-)
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      regarding the type of pistol he had, a Glock, does not have a safety.  however, if a cartridge is not chambered (meaning that the slide is not pulled back, chambering a round) the weapon is as inert as a brick sitting on the ground.

      The man was criminally negligent and utterly without sense to be carrying a firearm with a round chambered.

      There simply is no excuse for his negligence.

      Safety or not, if a Glock (or the many other similar types of handguns) does not have a cartridge loaded, the likelihood of it discharging, even if someone pulled the trigger, would be like a car starting by itself without turning the key in the ignition.

      Personally, the way I handle firearms, is under the assumption that even though I visually inspected the chamber, put my finger in and verified that there is no cartridge loaded, I still go under the assumption that a cartridge was magically teleported and loaded, meaning I assume that if I pull the trigger, the gun will fire.

      Guns are extraordinarily dangerous objects, thus they require extraordinary diligence and care in their handling.  There are no shortcuts, and no excuses for irresponsible handling.

      He should be fired forthwith for child endangerment and criminal negligence, and the department should undergo a full review of their protocols.

      As I mentioned previously, guns should not be allowed on school ground in such a cavalier manner.

      I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful. Unfortunately, it is not.…We're better than this. We must do better. Cmdr Scott Kelley

      by wretchedhive on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 04:35:39 PM PDT

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