Shoot Me Twice….

Posted: August 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I don’t like to pile it higher on someone when they are already swimming at the local waste treatment plant as it is, but I think we need to talk about the difference between “accidental” and “negligence.”

If you remember at the beginning of the week I had a little article in regards to the instructor in Lancaster Ohio who shot one of his students. Well It turns out this isn’t his first rodeo at putting holes in someone that didn’t need new holes applied. In 1977 instructor Dunlap was then Officer Dunlap and was assisting with a Halloween hayride. Instead of the typical mask and some fake blood, Officer Dunlap decided that his .38 revolver (again seriously?) was a better prop and shot what he assumed to be blanks into the air. Unfortunately, once again those pesky live rounds found their way into the gun and a struck  Cathy Hessler who was 14 years old at the time.

We need to take a few things away from this. First, Mr. Dunlap needs to hang up the revolvers. And secondly the difference between a Negligent Discharge vs. an Accidental Discharge are vast. My view is that an Accidental Discharge is a mechanical malfunction of the firearm that caused the firearm to discharge. A Negligent Discharge is what we are seeing both times with Mr. Dunlap. It was shooter error that was to blame in both of his “oops” moments. Sadly, this is actually the cause of most all unwanted firearm discharges when you get down to it.

I still can’t wrap my head around pulling the trigger of a gun at a class full of students even if I knew it was unloaded or not, I’m sorry, but I just can’t. The definition of negligent is “habitually careless: habitually careless or irresponsible” and to me it describes the situation down in Lancaster pretty well in both cases. We need to keep the rules for safe gun handling in mind at all times so we can minimize these sorts of things from happening and make sure we don’t get anymore bad press.

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  1. gunsafetypro says:

    These are the most dangerous people on the range. They’ve been “shootin’ for forty years” and they have decades of bad habits built up. The only reason this clown made it as an instructor as long as he did was partly because he was a law enforcement officer and partly because this hay ride screw up didn’t happen when the Internet was around.

  2. lwk2431 says:

    “And secondly the difference between a Negligent Discharge vs. an Accidental Discharge are vast.”

    Absolutely true. An accident discharge is when you didn’t intend to fire the gun, but did. A negligent discharge is when you did intend to fire the gun, but did not fully take into account the consequences of firing it.

    Definitely this guy should quite trying to teach people, and perhaps should put his gun in the safe and lock it away! 🙂


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