So thirty employees of the Zion Nuclear Power Station on Lake Michigan north of Chicago attend a firearms training class and the instructor Grebners himself. If you’re a certified secret-code-ring-wearing Armed Intelligentsia member and regular reader, you know these things happen. It hardly even seems worth busting out any IGOTD hardware for this one. No, what’s (marginally) worthy of note here is the reaction of the local constabulary…
According to caledonia.patch.com, the nuke workers were getting “transition training,” moving from revolvers to semi-automatics. Apparently time moves a little slower in the nuclear power industry. Must have something to do with the proximity to all that fissionable material or something. I never was very good at physics.
Be that as it may, the local PD seems awfully anxious to give the instructor a pass here:
A detective with the Caledonia Police Department said the incident likely wasn’t the trainer’s fault because the group had been having problems with the new guns and the ammunition they were using at the time, according to a report by the Caledonia Police Department.
Translation: the damned gun just “went off.” You know how tricky those new pistols can be. And some joker must have mixed in some of that wacky trick birthday ammo that pops off when you least expect it. You never know what kind of hijinks those crazy nuclear engineers will get up to next.
Anyway, we’re glad the unnamed detective is so sanguine about negligent discharges. And we’re sure that if it had happened to John Q. Public in his garage or rumpus room, the poor slob would benefit from the same level of understanding and forbearance afforded the professional instructor.
Now let’s hope those power plant workers learned something despite the mishap. Because to paraphrase Sean Connery in The Hunt for Red October, most things where they work don’t react too well to bullets.