A passenger checking a gun accidentally discharged his weapon on the curbside of Terminal 1 of Salt Lake City International Airport.
The passenger was declaring his weapon to a Sky Cap when he either mishandled or dropped it, said David Korzep, airport operations superintendent. The semiautomatic pistol had one bullet left in the chamber, Korzep said, and when it struck the pavement, shrapnel hit the foot of the Sky Cap employee. He was treated on the scene and not transported to the hospital.
"The injuries are pretty minor," Korzep said.
Airport police were questioning the passenger.
To properly check a gun, the weapon must be in a hard, locked case and the entire weapon, including the chamber, must be cleared. The ammunition must be stored separately.
First of all, I say one strike you're out. Let me ask you this. Would you trust a guy like him to be in the presense of your family, a guy who's proven to be capable of this kind of gun handling? Are you of the opinion that accidents can happen to anyone? Doesn't that violate the personal responsibility I keep hearing about? Accidents happen to people who commit them, wouldn't you say?
Secondly, why would someone not pack their gun properly at home before heading to the airport? Wouldn't that be the safest and smartest way to do it, minimizing the handling necessary at the busy check-in station? Do you think he was concerned he might have a shootout with some bad guys on the way to the airport?
This illustrates one of the problems with the gun mentality. You sure don't want to need the gun and not have it, so carry it at all times, even at the cost of common sense. That's what they do in Utah, and elsewhere. It's a subtle type of fear that causes people to arm themselves in situations in which their needing the gun is extremely unlikely.
What's your opinion? Do you think gun owners are motivated by fear? Please leave a comment.