Chad Olm was showing his nephew his gun collection. Mr. Olm brought out his GLOCK 27 equipped with a laser sight. He put the sight on Hunter Pederson. According to news reports – which are often inaccurate in cases of firearms-related negligent homicide – the boy reached for the gun. His uncle pulled the trigger. A single gunshot wound to the head ended Hunter’s life. As the above report points out, muzzle discipline would have averted this tragedy. A tragedy that reflects badly on all gun owners, even though it should no more indict responsible gun owners than drunk drivers impugn the majority of automobilists. Here’s how the Pocono Record recorded the event . . .
Olm did many things right. He kept his weapons locked in a security safe. He supervised the children as they handled the weapons. But then he made a series of fatal errors: He failed to make sure that the Glock was not loaded. He aimed the gun at the child. He pulled the trigger.
Now the boy is dead, his family is devastated, and Olm faces charges of criminal homicide, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of children.
Anyone who has spent time around guns should know that they have the unfortunate habit of going off, often at unexpected times.
According to the editorialist, gun safety is beyond human control. Which means it’s not Olm’s fault really. It’s the guns! The damn things are both evil and seductive. “Did Olm simply fall sway to the fascination guns hold for many people?”
Anyway, the media’s fascination with fatal negligent discharges isn’t entirely a bad thing. Every ND reminds gun owners to observe the four safety rules – for everyone’s sake.
[h/t Tim McNabb]