Remember that late 70’s bumper sticker “Question Authority”? Although TTAG’s internal mission statement is “Speed, Surprise and Violence of Action” all of our contributors are encouraged to approach any gun-related story with a grain of salt the size of the Darwin, Minnesota twine ball. When it comes to negligent firearm discharges involving cops, school officials, politicians or anyone else in a position of authority, we reserve the right to call bullshit. As I’m doing here. “Aurora police are investigating an accidental shooting that happened in the parking lot of Rangeview High School and left one student injured Monday,” thedenverchannel.com reports. “About an hour after school let out for the day, the student was getting a ride home from a school employee who also works a second job as an armed security officer . . .
The employee was trying to put his gun into the glove box of the car when the weapon fired, hitting the student in the leg.
The man drove the student to a nearby hospital, arriving around 4:30 p.m., police said. The student was rushed into surgery with what police described as a “significant injury” to his leg.
The student is expected to survive.
Police said the driver works at the school but is not a teacher, and he and the student know each other, police said. It is unclear if any charges will be filed against the employee.
Sure, nothing wrong with that story. Simple case of a weapon firing all on its own during an attempt to safely stow it. No showing off. No threats. No inappropriate behavior on anyone’s part—save the gun itself and the journalist who somehow forgot to note the name of the part-time armed security officer.