Civilian guard accidentally fires weapon outside Lancaster recruiting center | The Columbus Dispatch

“LANCASTER, Ohio — An armed volunteer guarding an Army recruiting station in the River Valley Mall area has been charged with a misdemeanor after he accidentally fired his AR-15 rifle this afternoon.

One shot was fired, and no one was injured, Lt. Shane Wilson said.

Someone from the recruiting station at 1530 River Valley Blvd. flagged down an officer at 12:01 p.m. to report the incident, Wilson said.

Christopher A. Reed, 28, of Lancaster, was charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits, and was issued a summons to appear in Fairfield County Municipal Court on Tuesday, according to the police incident report. “

Source: Civilian guard accidentally fires weapon outside Lancaster recruiting center | The Columbus Dispatch

 

Sadly, this was predictable. But it’s not a knock against civilians. Few will admit it but, their own ineptitude at times is one of the big reasons there’s such aversion to allowing military personnel to carry guns in their own defense. There is an assumption by many that being in the military or police makes one an “expert” in carrying arms. That assumption is false.

I have lost count of the number of times I have attended training with people who were supposedly high speed low drag only to see some of the biggest egos get  pulled aside by the instructor and taken back to day one, hour one…”This is a gun. It is a dangerous tool. Don’t point it at yourself, at me, or anyone/anything you don’t intend to shoot. Keep your booger-hook off the freaking bang-switch!” The eye opening moment for me came when I attended the Concealed Handgun License instructor course for the first time in Texas. I had veteran cops in my class who were scared they couldn’t meet the 90% accuracy standard on a test that I’ve seen a blind man pass! Let’s not even discuss the safe handling and storage of a firearm.

-GM

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