“Officer Tanya Turnbow, Tooele Police Department, tells FOX 13 News the [unnamed] man and wife were at home Saturday morning and the man was watching an instructional video on how to manipulate his .40-caliber handgun.” Oh how I wish Fox 13 was more specific. What instructional video was on their computer? Did it tell them to clear the weapon before guiding them through a drill or takedown procedure or gun twirling demo? If it was a “why .40 caliber sucks” video (like James Yeager’s above), point taken! Here’s the passively worded money shot . . .
While he was manipulating the firearm, the gun discharged. The bullet struck the man and his wife in their legs, and both were taken to a hospital. Turnbow said the injuries were not life-threatening.
The shooting occurred around 11 a.m. at the couple’s home, which is in the area of 300 South Fairlane Drive.
Turnbow said they urge people to use caution when manipulating firearms and that people should always treat guns as if they are loaded. She said there are no charges or citations in connection with the accidental shooting.
Bad gun! Bad bullet! Still, you gotta admire the weapon system for the negligent discharge twofer. And the Tooele PD for knowing a tool when they see one.
While we give the media grief for using passive construction – removing perceived blame from gun owners who violate gun safety rules – we understand Fox 13’s reticence. How can Toole City be the “Greatest City in Utah” if its residents get a rep for shooting themselves in the proverbial perhaps literal foot?