Some pro-gun folk reckon stories of police officers’ negligent discharges, piss-poor shooting and over-zealous lead dispensation help the pro-gun cause. These reports supposedly undermine the antis’ argument that cops are the only ones qualified to keep and bear arms (openly no less). I’m not buying it. Any time any good guy with a gun does something stupid with a gun it gives credence to the theory that GUNS ARE DANGEROUS! Way too dangerous for untrained civilians. It’s not true, of course, but there it is. And here it is [via nypost.com]. . .
A drunk off-duty state narc turned the Upper West Side into a shooting gallery Friday night, blasting a woman and her boyfriend in a struggle over his gun after the three spent a boozy night together in a bar, police sources said.
The drug cop had handed his firearm to the 31-year-old woman when she asked to hold the weapon as they all stood on West 82nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue — then tried to grab it back at about 9 p.m., the sources said.
Hey baby, hold my gun while I . . . what? More like: I’ve never held a gun before. You want to hold mine? Your what? My gun. Sure! Am I holding it right? Don’t wave that around. What’s the matter, think I’m going to shoot you? Give it back. You scared of me? Don’t point it at me! Followed by lunge-bang.
The gun went off as the cop and the woman fought over it, the sources said.
The the bullet ricocheted off the street.
First it struck her foot, then slammed into her 42-year-old boyfriend’s shin.
The boyfriend limped after the fleeing cop up Amsterdam until the narc spun around at 83rd Street and tried to shoot him — but his gun misfired, according to the source.
Let me see if I’ve got this straight. The gun “went off.” Then the unnamed, unidentified drunk cop in question took off, but couldn’t outrun a limping, presumably unarmed (hey, it’s New York) boyfriend. So he “spins around” (without falling) and pulls the trigger on his wounded pursuer. The gun “misfires.”
What part of that seems credible? The “unnamed, unidentified” bit. And this “’We heard like a pop first, and then we saw cops outside with their guns drawn,’ said Carolyn Frankel, who was in a local pub when the shots rang out.” In other words, a bunch of drunk cops (assuming) with guns drawn ran outside of a bar to arrest a drunk cop with a “defective” gun in his hand.
This sort of gunplay does nothing to help New Yorkers reclaim their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. The only way it could be a positive development: if the New York State Police publicly ID’ed the drunken narc and fired him (without a pension or health care benefits). With great power comes great responsibility, for all of us.