[quote=“Huang Guang Chen”]More pointless dribble.
Let me paste again what someone familiar with military weapons as opposed to drooling on a keyboard wrote.
[quote]IMO, ADs happen.
It doesn’t lessen the danger and responsibility for them, but they happen.[/quote]
Stress, exuberance, fatigue, malfunction, there are loads of reasons why this is the case, but suffice it to say, you have enough people walking around with loaded firearms and one will go bang when it’s not supposed to. This is why you never point the bangy end at people unless you mean to kill them. I have no idea what sort of weapon was involved here, or care, really, but there were concerns about the Australian army’s Steyr rifles after several accidental discharges, which unfortunately included some injuries and at least one death.
In my basic training I was halfway down the range to take over scoring when someone let fly with an SLR. I turned back just in time to see the RSM strut around the side of the chap and smack the sucker in the head with the butt of his rifle. No one was court-martialled.
Shit, as they say, happens.
[quote]Army reports more weapons fired by accident
OTTAWA – Cases involving the accidental firing of weapons have risen up to 40 per cent in two years and now comprise a quarter of all military trials in Canada, says the Canadian Forces’ top judge.
In the judge advocate general’s annual report to Parliament, Brig.-Gen. Kenneth Watkin says the total number of courts martial rose 16 per cent to 78 in 2007-08, while summary trials were up 17.6 per cent to 2,035.
Watkin reports that 510 summary trials – proceedings held before a senior officer as opposed to courts martial before a JAG – were held for negligent discharge of weapons offences in 2007-08. That’s an increase of 115, or 29 per cent, over the previous year.[/quote]
We can have a debate on accidental discharge indefinitely. My points are:
(1) Shouldn’t the same rules that apply to enlisted men also apply to their brass? Aren’t officers and leaders supposed to be setting the best example? Aren’t they supposed to handle stress, exuberance, fatigue issues etc. better than grunts?
To use the excuse that the nation has spent more money on training and thus they should be given an easier ride smacks of elitism that is so prevelant in a military that is Eastern[Quebec and Ontario] officer heavy.
(2) Why did it take 43 days and an American reporter for the story to see the light of day? Is this normal time in the military for such disclosures to be made public? Again, it makes the officer corp look incompetent.