Another case proving how police officers are more trained than us in the handling of weapons. One Brevard county deputy shot and killed another, his roommate, when he pointed his pistol at him and pulled the trigger. He claimed that he thought it was “unloaded.” Fucking dumbass. What the fuck passes for police firearm training in Brevard county? Apparently, they haven’t heard of the four rules.

  1. Treat all guns as if they are always loaded.
  2. Don’t point a gun at anything you aren’t willing to destroy
  3. Don’t put your finger on the trigger until ready to shoot.
  4. Know what your target is, and what is behind it.

You can get away with violating one, maybe even two. Unintentionally shooting someone requires that you violate at least three of them at the same time. This is no different than the Baldwin shooting.

I have had a negligent discharge. Two, in fact.

One of them was when I was dry firing a handgun. I had done it for a bit, then loaded it. In a moment of stupidity, I again pulled the trigger and shot my dresser. I was 19 years old at the time.

The second came while I was at the range. I pulled the trigger on a Smith and Wesson 4506, and nothing happened. The hammer never even fell. Keeping the firearm (mostly) pointed down range, I looked at it as I pulled the trigger again. This time, it fired and blew a hole in the ceiling of the pistol range. I was 21 at the time.

Note that, even though there was a negligent discharge, no one was hurt. Why? Because I am not a complete dumbass and wasn’t pointing it at another person. That was a long time ago, when Reagan was still President. I learned my lessons.

The worst part of all of this is that we gun owners will see this “gun death” used as an example on why gun rights should be taken from us while we hear about how cops should be the only ones trusted to have guns.

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Big Ruckus D · December 5, 2022 at 1:29 pm

Well, Brevard has consistenly demonstrated itself as a bastion of excellence in law enforcement. So, this is in line with their established reputation in that regard.

James · December 5, 2022 at 1:56 pm

Love my 4506. Shot it in CDP division in IDPA and Heavy in 3Gun. The 4506 and I think all third generation Smiths have a magazine disconnect, so you were trying something fierce. At least you didn’t score the hat trick on breaching Cooper’s rules. Ten years plus now in the shooting sports and no NDs, knock on wood.

    Divemedic · December 5, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    The pistol wasn’t pointed at me. It was still pointed down range.
    I had an issue with third generation S&Ws. My first pistol ever was a Model 59. When the third gens came out in 1989, I eagerly bought one, then another. I had a 4506 and a 4566. Both would occasionally refuse to fire. Yes, I know about the mag disconnect. This was not that. I eventually got rid of them.

Steve · December 5, 2022 at 3:59 pm

No NDs, but a hangfire that could easily have been one about 15 years ago. I waited 15 seconds, then another 15, and just when I was about to clear, it went off. Still pointed downrange, but I missed the plate and wrecked my score.

Moral: Don’t violate #2; sometimes the rest is out of your control.

Factory-load Federal .40 S&W FMJ, purchased only about a month earlier.

Aesop · December 5, 2022 at 4:37 pm

This is nothing like the Baldwin shooting, I can give you 75 reasons why, and ignoring them doesn’t make it so. I’ll leave it at that.

If Baldwin shoots his roommate with his own pistol at home, we can talk apples to apples.

And yes, both deputies were idiots. Darwin approves.

Craig · December 5, 2022 at 9:13 pm

I once owned a 4506. Glad I was able to get what I payed for it when I sold it. Garbage gun.

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