TTAG commentator GA Koenig writes:
Christ, the gun world is full of so much self delusion and bullshit. In any other industry with stringent life-safety requirements (automotive, aerospace, medical equipment, etc.), the idea that a system with no secondary manual safety systems and a lightweight “go” button would be deemed irresponsible. There wouldn’t even be a debate about it, this would be considered so self evident that any engineer or industrial designer who crooned otherwise would be written off as some sort of an idiot . . .
But not in our firearm community! Nope. Instead here we get anecdotal evidence from single viewpoints – “I’ve carried a GLOCK since Gaston filed the patents, and I’ve never had an ND!” Or we get the alpha male peacock plumage quotes of some variation of that line from Blackhawk Down about “I am my own safety!” Because everyone in the gun world thinks they are some Combat Applications Group operator.
The reality is, when you start to issue millions of a thing (firearms, cars, sippy cups), you design around the basic idea that humans fuck stuff up sometimes. No matter how smart they are. No matter how well-trained they are. No matter how tough they are. The human brain is a highly unreliable thing with a repeat process failure rate that is simply pathetic.
That a bunch of puffed up gun guys like to lie to themselves and think otherwise is a burden on the entire community and industry. And I say that as a dude who carries a GLOCK. Let’s stop lying to ourselves; every other industry in the world has made significant (massive, actually) inroads into safety precisely because they ditched this attitude that persists amongst gun owners.