We Are The Only Ones Professino Enuff.....
"We were told the gun is the chief's personal sidearm, but it looked to me like he didn't know anything about the gun," student Lewis Walker said after the incident.
Responding to the gravitational forces underneath the table, the malicious Glock fohty, apparently the most dangerous cop shootinist evil black ceramic coated plastic assault pistol on the planet magically pulled it's own trigger and damned near blew the Chief's ankle into oblivion. Due to the Chief's heroic quick response, falling to the floor and squealing "I'm hit!" he was not shot a second or third time. Quick acting students began excitedly shrieking "Officer down!" as they cursed themselves under their breath for missing out on recording the latest You Tube video sensation.
Thanks to the professionalism of paramedics in the next room, the Chief was rushed to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden where physicians reassembled his damaged ankle with a bit of external fixation. A couple of surgeries and rehabilitation are looming in the future for Chief Hansen.
What can be learned from the unfortunate and undeniable exposure of Chief Hansen's incompetence?
First......All guns are always loaded. Do not point the damned things at something you do not wish to destroy. In this case, do not point it at yourself. Keep your finger off the damned trigger until you either are ready to shoot, or you have confirmed the weapon is unloaded. Guns do not shoot themselves. In a classroom setting, have two competent people check each firearm brought into the classroom, and then remove all ammunition from the room. Chief Hansen undoubtedly pulled the trigger of his handgun in preparation of field stripping it. I do not want to think he was so stupid as to pull the trigger in a classroom of students to determine whether his service weapon was loaded, as his brother states.
Second....The gun is not unloaded until you yourself, have opened the chamber and personally checked the chamber for a cartridge. If you pass the gun to another individual, they should be expected to again check the chamber to confirm it is unloaded. This is not an insult or a slight on your gun handling. A person is responsible for confirming the status of the weapon they are holding themselves. If you are handed a firearm that unintentionally discharges, you have only yourself to blame if you are too stupid, too shy, or too intimidated to recheck the firearm handed to you. This is the handler's responsibility, nobody elses.
Third......A city issued star on your epaulet does not confer gun handling prowess. If you do not know how to handle a firearm, put the damned thing down until you do. Do not be such a pretentious idiot that you end up teaching a class about a subject that you obviously know nothing about. If you do not know how to properly check a firearm's status, then how in the Hell can you claim competence in teaching gun safety? You can not. Bullets and triggers are unforgiving things. They will expose your incompetence every time.
Here's wishing Chief Hansen a speedy recovery and a lesson hard learned. Regards can be sent to:
Chief Dave Hansen
4580 S. Weber River Drive
Riverdale, Utah 84405