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Delaware cop has an ND in a classroom demonstration

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Manedwolf, Mar 5, 2006.

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  1. Manedwolf

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    As to well-trained cops. Some NEED safeties because they apparently can't unholster without keeping their *@#! finger out of the trigger guard!

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    March 3, 2006 - A Wilmington police officer has been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates why his gun went off during an after-school program Thrusday.
    The officer was working overtime at the Stubbs School under the "Safe Havens" program when he tried to take his gun out of his holster.

    The gun fired once, straight into the floor.

    Several students were nearby, but no one was hurt.

    Copyright 6 Action News, 2006. All Rights Reserved.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=local&id=3959456
     
  2. Cacique500

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    It just makes me wonder why these people can't clear their weapon before they bring it anywhere near students...certainly not the first time we've heard of a ND in a classroom (remember the DEA/undercover guy that shot his foot?).

    It also sounds like he needs some serious training if he couldn't clear leather without firing a shot...
     
  3. Lupinus

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    yeah cac we do....its in my sig :evil:
     
  4. U.S.SFC_RET

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    Of all the LEOs who go to school grounds and educate students in a similar manner this guy is a very small percentage. Probably .00001. Again what we have 1 unfortunate incident that gets reported far and wide and no mention of all of the good of the other 99.99%. We don't know what type of firearm was used when it was pulled out of the holster, if the hammer was locked and cocked or the type of holster. We don't know the experience of the officer but it still equals out to bad press.:mad:
     
  5. PlayboyPenguin

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    U.S.SFC_RET, you brought his experience level into question. When I went to the academy the newbies where always saddled with doing the school presentations. I had to do 2 high school presentations within my first week of graduation. :)
     
  6. progunner1957

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    Follow Andy's example

    Sheriff Taylor had the right idea when he made Barney keep his bullet in his shirt pocket...:D :D

    I saw a video clip of a LE officer who was lecturing in front of a jr. high class about guns - his opening commeents included, "Now I'm the only one in this room that is professional enough to carry a 40 caliber Glock..."

    You guessed it - not two minutes later - BOOM!! - 40 caliber hole in his right thigh.:eek:
     
  7. panzermk2

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    and SOME LEO's still can't understand why when they queston the safety of civilians having guns we give them such a look! :eek:
     
  8. Curare

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    Where's the video? :D
     
  9. YellowLab

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    Firearms training is nowhere near a priority for jobs that have a need for them.

    When I was at the Corrections Officer Academy in PA, our firearms training was simple.

    "Who has ever fired a gun?" "Ok, you guys go over there". We got QUICK and MINIMAL training.

    "Who has NEVER fired a gun?" "Ok, you guys over there". They got wat I consider to be MINIMAL training. A few dry fires and done. The learned what was in the cirriculum and that was it. Two hours tops.

    Within the day ALL of us were at a range. It was qualify or stay until you do. Or come back the next day and do it again.

    Granted most CO's will not have a gun day to day, but you could do an armed escort and lives may depend on your ability to simply hold the gun correctly.

    Even in the NAVY, Nuclear Weapons Security Guard training.... qualify with the M14, the .45 and the shotgun. DONE. I shot maybe 50 rounds a year yet was supposed to be able to handle a firearm guarding nuke's.

    Even police officers... what kind of training budget (even for ammo) does local PD in Ashland PA have? Does NONE sound a little low?
     
  10. countertop

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    Was channel surfing last night as I waited for the fireplace to die down. Around 1:30 EST this morning VH1 was showing a Cops Greatest Bloopers type of show and made a big deal about that one. Kept repeating it over and over, and the announcer made some statement about the fact that this cop is the only person they (being the police) think should handle a gun.

    If I didn't see it for my self, I would have sworn it was on NRA TV and not VH1
     
  11. Zundfolge

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    the biggest problem with these incidents (and the main reason the MSM makes sure we see them) is that antis can use them against us very effectivly.

    "See, guns can easily get away from our highly trained professional police officers, so obviously they are too dangerous for you untrained serfs."

    I guarantee that is the story line they are pushing.
     
  12. Zen21Tao

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    This wide spread epidemic of NDs proves that we need to remove guns from the hands of LEOs...... for the children. :neener:
     
  13. Zen21Tao

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    It is the fact that something is rare that makes it news worthy. As such the media will report every rare occurance of some type of incident and not report on the far more common absences of these incidents. The problem with this is that heuristically people tend to equate things seen on the news or even in print media as being far more common than they are. One reason for this is that the more vivid something appears the easier it is to recall. The Gun control folks rely on this phenomenon by telling the most vivid story they can of an isolated incident so that the ease of recall can be used to equate it to what they have seen in the media. This is why people believe gun grabbers when they cry "epidemic."
     
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    Finger off trigger.

    You can lead a horse to water.....

    12-34hom.
     
  15. MrTwigg

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    I don't mean to hijack this thread but

    To keep this post on topic I'll ask; Isn't trigger disicipline taught anymore ?
    Seems like it's "Here's your gun, there you go." thesedays. :banghead:

    When were you in the Navy ? I was in the Seabees back in the mid 70's and we really got to shoot. My first year in my battalion I must have shot well over a thousand rounds through an M-16A1 (Qualified sharpshooter the first year, expert every year thereafter), the next year my company got the crewserved weapons and I was assigned the position of gunner on a 106 recoilless rifle (Qualified expert there also.) Had to qualify with a Colt 1911A .45 government model and just barely made it. Handguns were not my strong point. Got some cross training on the Rem870 riot gun, M-60 and M-79 blooper too. We had a U.S.M.C. Master Gunnery Sergeant as our “Tactical Advisor” and he ran us ragged. We’d spend most of our time stateside at the small arms range at Point Mugu or out at Ft. Irwin on Tactical maneuvers.
     
  16. rudolf

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    I just wonder if after every time a police car is crashed you would ask for every cop to get driving training. Guns shouldn't be treated other than cars.

    And BTW, what is a better way do domonstate the need for gun safety :evil:
     
  17. Tory

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    Yes, I would.

    "I just wonder if after every time a police car is crashed you would ask for every cop to get driving training. Guns shouldn't be treated other than [sic] cars."

    If a cop is too incompetent to park, he/she shouldn't be allowed to drive. Civilians aren't why should the cop skate?

    "Guns shouldn't be treated other than [sic] cars."

    If a cop is too incompetent to draw/holster his/her sidearm, he/she should not be issued one. And there is no lobby declaring that only cops should have cars. Learn syntax and grasp the distinction. :scrutiny:
     
  18. Standing Wolf

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    I'll bet he won't do that again very soon.
     
  19. El Tejon

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    Stories like this just warm my heart.:evil:

    We need to compile a list of LEOs shooting each other or themselves or children in schools. Whenever we hear the anti-civil rights lobby talking about "highly trained police officers" we can mail it out to the media.:D
     
  20. Double Naught Spy

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    You know, sometimes they are doing the best they can with what they got, and sometimes that just is not enough.

    At least based on a few cases in recent years, the LEOs with these NDs during safety instruction aren't gun instructors, so why they are teaching gun safety is beyond me. Of course, we would think that all cops or folks trained to carry guns would be able to handle a simple gun safety talk, but that apparently is not the case.
     
  21. TexasRifleman

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    So that they can use it against us?

    "My goodness the highly trained professional has an occasional ND, these guns are so dangerous. Imagine what would happen if you let anyone that wanted one carry the things."

    We don't want them digging up the same statistic for non LEO's do we? I have news for you, non LEO's have ND's too. We read about them on here from time to time. Humbling stories usually to be sure, but they happen

    It's a bad deal for ANYONE, and there is no positive spin you can put on something like this.
     
  22. Master Blaster

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    :barf: Ah the mainstream media, I love how they are investigating why the gun went off, the officer knows why and so does his boss, and they admitted why when this appeared in the local paper a day before the STORY hit the TV news media. Now is the problem that the folks at channel 6 cant read, or is this some attempt to make it look like the gun did it?????:barf:

    from the local paper:

    Officer accidentally fires gun at kids' recreational program
    By ALISON KEPNER
    The News Journal

    03/03/2006
    A Wilmington police officer accidentally discharged his handgun Thursday while working at a recreational program for children.

    No one was injured, and the officer, a 15-year veteran of the force, was placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation, Master Sgt. William F. Wells said in a press release.

    Wells did not return phone messages seeking further comment late Thursday.

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    The officer, whose name was not released, was working a volunteer overtime assignment at Stubbs School, at the corner of 11th and Pine streets, as part of the "Safe Havens" program, which offers children recreational activities during the winter.

    According to the police report, the officer was attempting to remove the magazine clip from his department-issued Smith & Wesson .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun when he instead hit the trigger. One round fired into the floor of the school just outside the gymnasium. The gun, which was holstered, was pointed down.

    Eight children, ages 6 to 14, were within several feet of the officer when the gun discharged. Police contacted a representative from the Child Development Community Policing Program, which offers services to youths who experience stressful events.

    Contact Alison Kepner at 324-2965 or akepner@delawareonline.com.

    They were haveing a show and tell, the officer was showing his batton, pepper spray, cuffs etc and the kids wanted to see his gun.
     
  23. carlrodd

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    Firearms training is nowhere near a priority for jobs that have a need for them.

    +1 i was a scout in the army, and even in our unit, unless you really wanted to and were friendly with the guys that did the range lists in other troops, you would end up shooting maybe twice a year, maybe. there's so much administrative BS that goes into that sort of thing, it's just impossible to conduct ranges with great frequency. i imagine it's the same for any organisation that uses firearms. i was just thinking about this the other day....i have been out for 8 months and have already been to the range more than i had throughout my four years in the army.
     
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    I can see the black humor in such a story as well as the catcalls from those of us not "professional enough to handle the Glock foh-ty," in the eyes of the Rasta DEA. Those cops who work to limit the RKBA by the citizenry deserve every scintilla of derision when they have a ND. Regular Joe cops ought to be given the same slack and/or ribbing that non-cops get.

    Lets face it: most street cops have greater opportunity for eff-ups. Spending six hours/day on city strees looking for trouble and responding at speed (when called to do so) exposes the driver to more opportunities to smash up his vehicle. Same goes for gunhandling*.

    That greater opportunity for stepping on their generative member really ought to spur LEO leadership to spend more $$$ on driving & firearms training.


    * I CCW every day & have yet to have a ND. I hope I never will and practice safe gunhandling regularly so that "hope" is not the only thing between me & a ND.

    I have had an AD, which I would define as "a mechanical failure of the firearm leading to a discharge." Upshot: sear finally wore out on a M60 and I had to ride the belt to its end. Fairly common with beltfeds, especially old beltfeds used in training.
     
  25. YellowLab

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    Accidents do happen. Thats just a fact of life.

    BUT

    The people that carry guns 8+ hours a day SHOULD NOT BE THE ONES HAVING THE ACCIDENTS.

    Think of it... a MARINE, the worlds greatest killing implement ever devised handles a weapon far less frequently than LE (unless in theatre).. yet the LE will tell US how dangerous weapons can be.

    Go to your local courthouse... look at the police budget for training. See what is spend on FIREARMS. More $$$ is probibly spent on 'sensitivity training' than weapons handling.
     
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