According to cnn.com, “Dennis Alexander, who is Seaside City’s mayor pro tem and a reserve officer with the Sand City Police Department, was teaching a lesson at Seaside High School in Seaside, California when he pointed his gun into the ceiling and accidentally fired it, said Abdul Pridgen, the city’s police chief.” Oh FFS . . .
Mr. Alexander didn’t accidentally fire his pistol. He negligently fired his pistol. It’s an important distinction, one that we make here all the time.
While I’m sure Mr. Alexander didn’t mean to fire his gun, he violated at least two of The Four Rules of Gun Safety: 2. Treat all firearms as if they’re loaded and 3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on your target. As they say, safety is no accident.
“I think a lot of questions on parents’ minds are, why a teacher would be pointing a loaded firearm at the ceiling in front of students,” Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh told CNN affiliate KSBW. “Clearly in this incident protocols were not followed.”
It’s unclear why the teacher was displaying the firearm.
You wanna bet? I’d bet dollars to [cop] donuts he was demonstrating gun safety. Which is something well worth doing for school children.
Unfortunately, Mr. Alexander has taught the kids that “even” professionals can’t be safe with guns. The timing couldn’t have been worse.
The [slightly injured] student’s father Fermin Gonzales said he understands that it was an accident but said that “somebody could have died.”
“It’s just so crazy, I can’t believe it,” he said.
Gonzales said Tuesday’s incident changed his views about President Donald Trump’s recent proposal to arm teachers.
“I was kinda leaning toward having armed people in school in case something happened. After today, I get why people say there should be no guns in schools,” Gonzales said.
“If there’s an accident — people could die. If it’s just one, that’s more than enough,” he added.
For giving ammo to the antis, thereby putting thousands of children in harm’s way, Mr.Alexander gets TTAG’s not-coveted IGOTD non-accolade.