What if I created a negligent discharge in my own home? I’m days away from a yes/no on my CCW permit. The Providence police have grilled me like a burger on a Weber S-670, checked all my references, perused this website (I kid you not) and run my name and fingerprints through all the appropriate databases. Oops and BANG! goes my right to armed self-defense. Forever. Maybe even my home defense weapons. The temptation to hope no one noticed my ballistic boo-boo would be great. But I’d make the call. A responsible gun owner takes responsibility for whatever happens with or to his or her firearms. Period. Besides, if you don’t bad things can happen. (SWAT teams make lousy house guests.) To wit this from officer.com . . .
More than 350 officers from five agencies scoured the area, gathering hundreds of clues, canvassing neighborhoods and reaching out to residents to drum up leads in the case, Beck said.
The day of the shooting, nine schools with about 9,000 students were locked down as more than 350 police officers, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers scoured 7 square miles of the affluent Woodland Hills neighborhood around El Camino Real High School for the gunman, described as man in his 40s with long brown hair.
Students were kept in their classrooms for hours without access to food or bathrooms, prompting anger and frustration from parents.
Authorities later mustered $100,000 in reward money for information leading to the suspected shooter’s arrest.
All this after Officer Jeffrey Stenroos told cops that a gunman shot him in the chest as he patrolled near a San Fernando Valley high school on Jan. 19. Turns out . . .
A law enforcement official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak about the case, said Stenroos was mishandling a firearm when he was shot, but he did not go into any more detail.
The gunshot hit Stenroos in his bullet proof vest and authorities said that protection saved his life. He was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital later that night.
If you screw up, man up.