Bet it's a Glock or some other plastic striker-fired pistol.DENVER -- An off-duty FBI agent dancing at a Denver nightclub accidentally discharged a firearm, wounding another patron in the leg, police said Saturday. The victim, an adult male, was rushed to a local hospital in good condition, said Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson.
Police have refused to identify the hospital.
Jackson said the agent, whose identity wasn't released, was dancing at the downtown club around 12:45 a.m. Saturday when the firearm fell from the agent's waistband holster onto the floor. It discharged when the agent picked it up.
Police investigators interviewed the agent before releasing the agent to an FBI supervisor. The police investigation was continuing, and any charges would be determined by the Denver District Attorney's Office, said Officer Marika Putnam.
Striker-fired pistols are completely safe if you keep your finger off the trigger. The problem is, cops can't seem to keep their fingers off the trigger! I've always been critical of the plastic striker-fired pistols, but even more so when that cop accidentally shot and killed a man he and other officers were attempting to cuff a few years back. The man was not resisting arrest. The problem is, the officer touched the trigger of the Glock he was holding!
BANG!! Man dead. I only had a good laugh when that DEA agent shot himself at a school when the Glock pistol he was holding fired years ago. He'd just told the kids he was one of the few law enforcement officers who was qualified enough to handle that pistol. Then it went off.
Accidental discharges have increased dramatically since going to these types of guns. I'm starting to wonder if we should return to guns with safeties. I'm more convinced than ever that Glocks and similar weapons should not be carried with rounds up the snoot and ready to fire. I wouldn't jack a round into my S&W 659/5906 and carry it cocked, and yet it would be safer being carried like that than carrying a Glock.
For those of you with second- or third-generation Smiths, would you feel safe jacking a round into your gun and carrying it like that all day? Yes, it would be cocked, but I could make the same argument that if someone doesn't touch the trigger, it won't go off! And I could argue further that the Smith & Wesson 659/5906 has much more of a take-up in the trigger before the gun would fire. Yet I suspect you guys would consider carrying it that way irresponsible. So would I. But I'd rather carry my Smith & Wesson like that than to carry a Glock. The reason is simple. People make mistakes. They're not perfect. They get tired. They make errors in judgment.
That said, I've seen many of you guys I would trust in a heartbeat. You think all the time and you watch where you put your fingers and you don't make mistakes. But you're not cops, and if you are, I'm sorry, I just can't trust you if I'm a chief of police. That's why I'd switch everyone under my jurisdiction to a gun with a safety.
Am I being too harsh? Thoughts?
The S&W 5906 is an all-steel 9mm pistol that is built like a tank. Would it be safe to be
carried with a round chambered and the hammer back?