Click here to see nbcconnecticut.com’s report on Hartford Police Sgt. Eric Smith’s negligent discharge. Sgt. Smith somehow forgot to report the fact that his bullet exited his house and entered another—until someone else reported it. Smith’s memory issues aren’t entirely unexpected given his limited powers of observation and knowledge of ballistics. (He claimed he didn’t consider the possibility that a .40 caliber bullet would make it through a layer or two of drywall.) Smith wasn’t the only Forgetful Jones in this affair . . .
NBC forgot to show a picture of Sgt. Eric Smith. This isn’t the first time my Google Fu’s been challenged by a taxpayer-funded Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day. The mainstream media doesn’t think it appropriate to show the mug (or heaven forfend the mug shot) of a law enforcement officer who fails to follow the four rules of gun safety. If it was you or me (especially me) our picture would be all over the news, with special attention given to any image showing us in a negative light (i.e. holding a gun). Anyway, I can imagine Sgt. Smith getting a slap on the wrist. In private.