This video leaves us with so much to debate that I do not even know where to start. What is clear is that one round was fired from the pistol. That round passed through the man’s leg, and he is lucky to be alive.
Now, let’s get on with the debate. The Glock pistol has no external active safety. Is that a problem? It’s not if you protect the trigger. The man was carrying his pistol with a round in the chamber. Is that a problem? Again, not if you protect the trigger.
Guns do not just go off. They are made to fire. Glock pistols are not cocked and ready to fire until the trigger is depressed fully to the rear. That is how the action works. In this incident, that trigger somehow got pulled fully to the rear. Once that happened, the gun worked like it was supposed to and sent a round down the bore and out the muzzle.
Now, we also get to talk about where that gun was pointing. Is that a problem? Well, it obviously was in this case, and again, it would not have been if the trigger had not been pressed to the rear. The big question of this debate has nothing to do with the gun, the fact that a round was in the chamber or even where the gun was pointed. The crux of the problem is how that trigger got pulled. Material from the shirt could have gotten wedged into the holster. The holster could have broken or been worn. Whatever happened, that trigger got pulled.
It Takes Two. . .
The truth of the matter is that you must break at least two firearms safety rules in order to have a negligent discharge with injury. Two of these rules were broken, but at this point, we can only speculate on how the trigger was pulled to the rear. As we debate this issue, be respectful, and remember that there are some elements we are just assuming. Drop your comments below. Let’s see where this goes.