the third time in eight years that an Onondaga County probation officer had unintentionally discharged one of the department-issued Glock pistols.
Gun grabber mantra: "Only the police and government agents should have guns, because only they can be trusted to use them safely."
The Glock had no manual safety switch and no magazine safety that made the gun inoperable when the magazine was removed.
Having a magazine "safety" means you can't shoot an attacker when you're reloading. Such a safety will get people killed.
A Glock is a safe weapon, Cominolli said, but only if the person handling it knows how to use it.
If the gun is unloaded in the wrong order, for example, a round of ammunition can be left in the chamber without the user realizing it, he said.
If the user doesn't realize that clearing the chamber fist, followed by removal of the loaded magazine, leaves a round in the chamber, then that person shouldn't be handling guns and certainly shouldn't be in any kind of position that requires gun handling.
In Bosnia we constantly had the pistol problem at the clearing barrel at the gates to the base camps.
It's actually a fairly easy process that no Private would get wrong (drop magazine, pull slide, catch round if there is one, allow slide to travel forward, point at clearing barrel, pull trigger. No bang.)
But some officer would jump out, pull slide, drop magazine, and as we were all yelling at him/her "Don't pull the trigger!!!!!!"
And then, because some stupid officer had an accidental discarge, all of us enlisted would have to go through classes on how to clear weapons (never saw any officers at those, though).
I won't even go into when the idiot MP rode the bolt of a loaded M249 SAW forward and discharged six rounds into the transparent armor on one of their HMMWVs.
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