Gun misnomers

Things like this in the press are dangerous, because they reinforce incorrect beliefs that are held by a lot of people. I’m not referring to the actual negligent discharge, but rather the way it’s reported in the story.

…causing the officer’s gun to fire…and grabbed the gun, causing it to fire…

You get the idea. The story itself is pretty much unremarkable, except that the way it’s written, the Trib would have you believe that his gun just “went off”, as if by magic. Let me see if I can reconstruct a likely method for this: Officer pulls gun, and inserts finger into trigger guard, suspect grabs gun/arm causing officer to reflexively tighten his finger, “bang” happens.

I guess the rules of gun safety don’t apply to the Only Ones.

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