“[Alaska State] Troopers say the family was leaving a pickup when the woman’s .357-caliber handgun fell out of its holster, struck the pavement on its hammer and fired,” cbsnews.com reports. “The shot hit the 4-year-old just above the knee. The bullet went through the boy’s leg and lodged in a building.” Holy caliber wars Batman! I’m surprised there’s much leg left. I’m also highly skeptical . . .
that a .357 revolver would discharge if it was dropped on its hammer, even if the hammer was somehow cocked. And I wonder how this handgun “fell” out of its holster. Maybe the woman was playing catch a falling gun.
One thing’s for sure: the gun-ignorant (or disinterested) reporter needs to attend former Mayor Bloomberg’s upcoming media class on firearms. Or not. Oh, and that’s the UK Daily Mail’s accompanying photograph to illustrate the story.