A negligent discharge is never a good thing. After all, a properly built firearm doesn’t just go off. Someone has to pull the trigger. Doing so when you didn’t intend to only happens when you’re screwing up by the numbers.
A mall in Indiana had a negligent discharge happen within the mall on Monday.
For the second time in just a few days, someone accidentally discharged a gun at Greenwood Park Mall, injuring themselves.
Greenwood Police said the most recent incident happened Monday, Nov. 1 around 6:30 p.m.
Police said the 17-year-old boy who fired the gun will likely face charges in connection to the incident. Investigators said the teenager did not have a gun permit.
According to police, the suspect took his mom’s gun from her vehicle and stuck it in his pants. The gun reportedly discharged in the parking lot in front of the Macy’s store and injured the teen in the leg. Nobody else was hurt in the incident.
That’s awful, but at least no one else was hurt.
However, it wasn’t the first negligent discharge the mall had seen.
On Saturday, Oct. 30, someone else accidentally discharged their gun inside the mall.
That individual was reportedly handling his firearm outside of a store when it was discharged. He too was taken to the hospital for treatment of his self-inflicted injuries, though he doesn’t face charges.
Of course, the mall has signs stating it doesn’t allow firearms on the premises. Clearly, that is doing the trick.
As for the 17-year-old from Monday, though, his case is more of an issue for me. For one thing, he took a firearm from his mother’s vehicle, making it theft. Of course, his mother shouldn’t have left a gun in the car if her son was going to be able to access the firearm without her knowing it.
Then again, maybe I don’t know the situation well enough. Maybe she figured he was more mature and intelligent than he clearly is and maybe they have to travel through rough neighborhoods and figured it was better that he have access to a gun to protect himself. Some will take issue with that just because of his age, but that’s a determination I feel each parent has to make regarding their own kids.
If that’s what happened, mom must have misjudged her son.
Luckily, the only people hurt were the people who screwed up with their guns. That’s good because stupid should be painful. If only it were painful every single time. If it were, we might not have some of the issues we currently have in this country.
Regardless, folks, don’t let this be you. There’s a time and a place to pull that trigger, but make sure it’s when you intend to pull it, not because you’re doing something stupid. Innocent people can be injured or killed in negligent discharges and you’re on the hook for those, as you should be.
Plus, frankly, don’t give the anti-Second Amendment types any more ammunition. Make them frustrated because they can’t point to “irresponsible gun owners.”