I'm not sure why the State Police felt it was important to clarify that it was his personal weapon, but it made me realize that the police and gun owners in general are not distinct and separate groups. This is where they overlap.
The 4-year-old son of a Belle Vernon Pennsylvania State Trooper accidentally shot himself in the leg with his father's gun Thursday night.
According to Donora police, Trooper Nicholas Petrosky was drying his son after a shower when the little boy grabbed his father’s gun, which had been placed on the bathroom counter.
Police said it was the trooper’s personal gun, not his state-issued weapon, that went off.
Apparently, State Trooper Pertosky was one of those guys we've been talking about lately who believe in carrying a gun in the home. I suppose, during certain intimate moments even these guys must briefly disarm themselves, as Petrosky did. That's where the trouble comes in, at least in this case.
Another interesting aspect is one that comes up every time I call for the future disqualification of someone responsible for a gun "accident." He's learned his lesson and will never let that happen again, they say, they, being the die-hard pro-gun guys who will never give an inch in the argument.
In other situations they call for punishment, severe and swift. But with gun stupidity, anyone can make a mistake, right?
One strike you're out, is what I apply to anyone who allows his 4-year-old son to shoot himself with a gun. By "out" I simply mean permanent disqualification for owning or using firearms for life.
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