Accidental Discharge

Note: The rain continues to fall here, flood waters are rising, and the our humble abode is beginning to resemble a houseboat. That said, I may or may not be a very active blogger over the next few days--I'll be focused on bailing water instead.
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I saw this sad story from Georgia last week:

Tiffany Bishop (Photo Credit

JACKSON, Ga. - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking for answers after an apparent accidental shooting at a Butts County firing range that left a probation officer dead.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Tiffany Bishop, a staff member at the Georgia Diagnostic Prison in Jackson was killed on Wednesday after an apparent accidental discharge of a gun during a classroom training exercise.

John Bankhead of the GBI said, "For whatever reason, the instructor's weapon discharged and hit a probation officer who was in the class, and that probation officer has died."

Bishop, 24, was transported to an area hospital but officials said she died on the way.

The GBI and the Department of Corrections continue to investigate why the instructor used a live firearm in the training session...

Previously, I blogged about the DEA agent who was careless with his firearm and shot himself in the foot in front a classroom of children.

Sadly, these mistakes happen and are even committed on occasion by a firearms instructor.

Though my agency's trainers harped on gun safety, even placing posters up in the range house (where officers cleaned their guns after practice shooting) to recognize the bullet holes in the walls (yes, plural) that resulted from previous accidental discharges, it always seemed to be viewed with just humor by personnel.

Missed in the jokes was that it only takes one lackadaisical moment with gun training to alter so many lives forever.

My prayers are with the family of Probation Officer Tiffany Bishop.

16 comments:

Miranda Hardy said...

This is a horrible accident. Firearms scare the heck out of me.

Stephen Tremp said...

My heart and prayers go out to her family. I saw recently on the news a fire arms instructor shot himself in the thigh while holstering his gun. He placed the video on YouTube to show this can happen to even the most well trained people and that people really need to be extra careful.

Clarissa Draper said...

First of all, stay safe and dry. Either you're in a flood or a fire right now in the US.

That's a really sad story. Isn't there a saying, 'never aim a gun in the direction of someone you don't intend on shooting?' Something like that. These are instructors and they can't even remember the basics...

carma said...

I hope the water subsides before you float away.

What a sad story - such a beautiful young woman - and completely preventable :-(

JJ.in.Phila said...

Very sad.

One of the first things I learned about gun safety was, Treat all guns like they are loaded.

Matthew MacNish said...

Gun safety would never be a problem if we all just went back to using swords.

Kidding aside, that's a terrible tragedy. I feel sorry for her family.

Tara said...

Oh wow, so tragic.

I hope you stay afloat!

Kristin said...

My thoughts are with you! I hope the water passed by your home!

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
We are definitely on similar pages today (but not with the rising water gig...sorry to hear about that).

MY post features firing range issues here in Ft. Wayne (real and perceived)and how they're being addressed.
This type of thing should NEVER have to occur.

A discharge (accidental OR otherwise) can happen, but the weapon HAS to be pointed downrange or AWAY from anyone (or anything not intended to be shot at) at all times...period!!!

That's why you have a RANGE-MASTER.

If it was NOT a "live-fire" exercise, any weapon involved should have been cleared FIRST (eject the round in the chamber, and dump the magazine).
Hard to believe that an ISTRUCTOR was at fault.

Tragic indeed...and unnecessary.
My condolences to Officer Bishop and her friends & family.

Good post.

You stay safe (and dry) out there.

Bonnie said...

That is just terrible. I don't watch the news for this reason. It's so depressing, and I feel like I just want to give the world a giant hug.
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That sounded totally lame.

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Ed Pilolla said...

yes indeed. this all gets in the news for a cycle and then gone, and it happens somewhere else, gets reported once, and gone.
here-here to what you say.

(Florida) Girl said...

Here is hoping you weather the storm.

Maxi said...

…viewed with just humor by personnel?

My late husband, who taught gun safety, would never consider such carelessness funny.

Reggie said...

This is appalling. Such incidents seem to be more common than are reported in the media.

I'm with Miranda on this - firearms scare the heck out of me too.

I think that perhaps we've become so used to seeing people shooting (at) each other in the movies - and then seeing them alive and well again in another movie or off-screen - that we don't take guns seriously anymore.

I think we've become a little desensitized to the dangers of using firearms in real life because they are treated so carelessly as toys or props.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Check out this story about an officer killed during training: http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=327275 I went to college with the guy, it was so sad!

Momma Fargo said...

Very sad. And for all... the person who had the AD and the victim, victim's family, friends, and coworkers.