The media reported that Plaxico "accidentally" shot himself in the leg.
Plaxico stated that he accidentally shot himself in the leg.
If you have never fired/owned a gun, let me tell you why this is complete nonsense, and why the media should do their homework before writing articles about guns.
Plaxico shot himself with a Glock 9mm. The Glock 9mm is unlike most guns/rifles because it doesn't have the typical safety switch, which, when pushed in, locks the trigger so that the gun cannot be fired. Instead, the Glock uses an unusual three-safety system: 1) the trigger safety, 2) the firing pin safety, and 3) the drop safety. The only way a Glock handgun will fire is if there is a bullet in the chamber and the trigger is pulled fully to the rear.
Regardless of what the Glock-makers say, this is not a safe gun to carry concealed. The fact of the matter is, once you pull the slide back, which loads a bullet into the chamber, your index finger becomes the safety. If you have this gun in your pocket and you put your finger on the trigger, you're an idiot. Here is a link to an article on Epinions.com that explains further the flaws in the Glock's safety system:
What all of this means is that the only way Plaxico could have "accidentally" shot himself is to have pulled the slide back, which then loads a bullet into the chamber. Then he would have had to pull the trigger all the way to the rear to fire the gun. This tells me two things: 1. Plaxico does not know a thing about guns. 2. Plaxico is a "MORON" and should not own any guns. Remember, this was an unregistered handgun that he brought into a nightclub full of people. A gun that was loaded, and ready to fire.
I can't even begin to explain how he could have "accidentally" discharged a round into his leg. It takes some force to pull the trigger back on that gun. Even if you drop it, as Plaxico later claimed he did, the gun will not fire because the hammer does not go back unless you pull the trigger. Was he so drunk that he thought he was pulling out his wallet?
If anyone can come up with a better explanation than "MORON" I would love to hear it.
What really upsets me about this whole case is that as someone who grew up around guns, and is licensed and trained on how to safely handle firearms, I have to sit back and watch my 2nd Amendment rights chipped away at everyday (this is only slight hyperbole). People like Plaxico fuel the anti-gun activists, and more and more restrictions are put on responsible citizens like myself.
It was recently disclosed that Plaxico turned down a plea deal that would have sent him to jail for a few months and required him to do 1,500 hours of community service. Instead, Plaxico wants to go to trial. Good for you Plax. I hope the judge gives you 2-3 years in jail, and that Roger Goodell suspends you for a year.
Remember everyone, "Guns don't kill people, idiots like Plaxico Burress do."
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