Shoots self in foot on video, sues over embarrassment

by Ted Frank on April 13, 2006

Lee Paige, ladies and gentlemen, your DEA agent of the year. (via C & F)

{ 4 comments }

1 wavemaker 04.13.06 at 9:47 pm

Shoot self in foot.

Insert foot in (pro se) mouth.

2 CholeraJoe 04.14.06 at 9:41 am

He should have sued Glock, too. I’ve seen nothing but trouble from the (Austrian) Glock 40 whereas the Smith and Wesson (made in the USA) Sigma has become the Energizer bunny of semi-auto pistols.

3 nevins 04.14.06 at 10:33 am

If embarassment was his concern then he wouldn’t have filed this lawsuit. This coverage just throws gasoline on what was a smoldering issue of public notariety.

This guy is lucky to be working at all. He should have been treated just like anyone else who discharges a weopon in a school. He should have been charged under applicable criminal statutes, and at minimum should have become deskbound at the ATF.

He no doubt violated state laws by his action, but also all rules of common sense and gun handling. Anyone foolish enough to believe the weopon they are holding is unloaded should still be kind enough not to point it at anyone. The audience was visiably nervous when he pulled out the next weopon, and quite rightly so.

4 markm 04.17.06 at 2:32 pm

Glocks only fire if the trigger is pulled. There’s no safety to prevent a negligent discharge if someone is waving the gun around with his finger on the trigger, but that doesn’t matter if you follow the four basic rules of gun safety. The two that this guy violated:

- Never point the weapon at anything you don’t want to destroy.

- Never touch the trigger until ready to fire.

More precisely, the lack of a safety almost doesn’t matter. When you’re carrying a no-safety handgun with a round in the chamber, you’ve got to be sure nothing is going to snag when you holster the weapon. But this ND wasn’t a trigger snag, it was a finger on the trigger.

Finally, someone who relies on a safety to prevent firing while clowning around with weapons is eventually going to discover a defective safety the hard way.

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