With today’s modern weapons, the chances of a gun firing “by accident” are zero. Now that most guns are drop safe, the last excuse for accidental discharge has been removed. (You could make a strong case that the “oops I dropped it so it’s not my fault” argument didn’t wash in the first place.) These days, there are only “negligent discharges.” In other words, gun owners are responsible for every bullet that comes out their gun, no matter what. When a bullet or bullets emerge from their firearm when it shouldn’t, it’s an ipso facto case of negligence. So the headline Koran-Burning Pastor’s Gun Discharges Outside of Detroit TV Station is fundamentally misleading, even though the details are sketchy . . .
Police were called Thursday night after Koran-burning pastor Terry Jones [not shown] accidentally discharged his firearm in the parking lot of a television station, where he had just conducted an interview, MyFoxDetroit.com reported.
“Pastor Terry Jones just discharged his firearm in our parking lot,” myFOXdetroit.com announced on its Facebook page.
“He claims it was fired by accident. The shot went into the floorboard of his car. No one was hurt. Police on scene.”
Southfield Police confirmed the gun accidentally discharged. No charges were filed, and police gave the gun back to Jones before sending him on his way.
The FOX-owned WJBK television station where the incident took place has a policy of not allowing guns inside the building.
So much for Fox and gun rights. Anyway, were the cops right to mount a cursory investigation of this .40 caliber ND, return Jones’ gun and send him on his merry way?
On one hand, it’s an example of dare-I-say it common sense. On the other hand, do we want a guy with a high probability of using his firearm in a self-defense situation walking around with a gun when he’s demonstrated his inability to carry it safely?