Texas A&M is one of several Texas colleges in the news for their campus carry law. However, due to one person’s boneheaded decision making, they are in the news for all of the wrong reasons.
According to local police, the university’s Corps of Cadets Dormitories was the setting for this shooting that involved a member of the corps, who happened to be a permit carrying concealed carrier, and a friend who were checking out what they assumed to be an unloaded Glock belonging to the permitted carrier. However, unbeknownst to either one of them, the firearm still had a round in the chamber.
When the concealed carrier’s friend picked up the gun and started fidgeting with it, the two were shocked to see the gun fire off one round through their dorm wall and into another room.
Luckily for everyone, the next room was empty. When the police came and found the bullet, it was lodged in a bed frame in the next room.
No word on if disciplinary action was or will be taken by the university for the incident, but due to the language used in Texas A&M’s press release on the incident stating that no one was harmed and there was “minimal property damage” it appears that this mistake won’t cost these gentlemen anything more than a sour name on campus.
However, let’s take a moment to understand just how big of a mistake something like this is. Negligent Discharges and the people who commit them are a scourge on the pro-gun movement. Not only do they needlessly cause danger to those around them, but the ammo it gives anti-gunners to shun our name in public is endless. These students and many others who are guilty of negligent discharge likely didn’t think of that before the incident occurred, but it is certain that they, along with the whole of America, will be aware of it now that politicians and interest groups will echo the incident as a talking point for a long time to come.
So if you are going to take on the responsibility of being a gun owner, you NEED to make sure that issues like this one or any of the other 300 negligent discharges we have reported on never happen to you or the people in your life.
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