Thursday, July 10, 2008

I'm the Only One Dumb Enough to File This Lawsuit . . . .

Now, I don't normally spend a lot of time on stupid lawsuits, because who's got that kind of time? It's often said that you can bring suit for literally anything in this country, and inevitably a lot of lawsuits are brought by morons on behalf of morons.

Here's one fine example.

Enrique Chavez of Anaheim was shot in the back by his 3-year-old son after the boy grabbed his father's Glock 21 — a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol — from the back seat of his pickup truck.
Got that? He put his loaded handgun on the backseat of his truck. Presumably, he put his 3-year-old son in the back seat, too. This is the fault of GLOCK, the company that manufactured the pistol, because, presumably they should have foreseen that if Officer Chavez were going to use their pistol, it would need to be adapted for toddlers.

Our new friend Officer Chavez is also suing Uncle Mike's and and a store called Turner's Outdoorsman--because Uncle Mike's made the holster in which he carried the gun, and Turner Outdoorsman had the gall to sell him a holster! He's also, apparently, suing the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic club for selling him the defective pistol in the first place. But that's not the funny part. You think you've seen the funny part, but you haven't. You wanna see the funny part? The funny part is the alleged defect of the pistol. And what was wrong with Officer Chavez's Glock 21?

The lawsuit alleges the defendants knew the safety device was defective and that 5.5 pounds of pressure on the trigger frequently results in accidental discharges.
That is to say, if you pull the trigger on this Glock pistol, it discharges one shot. I'd never really thought much about it, but my own Glock 30 has the same design flaw! I can't think of one time over the years when I've pulled the trigger on that Glock with a round chambered and not been rewarded with a loud bang. I think I've just gotten in the habit of thinking that if you pull the trigger of a gun, it fires, and if you don't pull the trigger, it doesn't. Probably dangerous to rely on a crutch like that, but there you go.

This guy should be thanking his lucky stars instead of looking to shift the blame, because he avoided two very bad things by sheer dumb luck:

1. His kid shot him. Yes, that's bad, but the kid could easily have had the muzzle against his own chest to get the leverage to pull the trigger. If he thinks his medical bills are bad, how about burying your dead son because you were too stupid to care for him? He got a second chance.

2. From the article, it doesn't seem as if California's version of the Department of Child and Family Services removed his son from his care forever, which is a little surprising, but probably shouldn't be. He is, after all, the Only One in the room, that I know of, that is professional enough to leave a loaded pistol next to an unsupervised toddler.

4 comments:

lee n. field said...

Two words: "loser pays".

See ya (metaphorically, in a general sense, I should be there) at SAFR!

Asphyxiated Emancipation said...

I just don't have the appropriate words to convey how...well, see, words are failing me totally on this one. He's a cop? Really? Holy crap. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, after all. When I went through the Academy in CA, it was full of idiots.

Anonymous said...

That can't be right, see, because cops are professionals and all, and they're the only ones who can be trusted with guns. Because they're professionals. And trained. And responsible. And never make mistakes.

Right, Mrs. Brady? Right, Mayor Fenty? Right, Mayor Daley? Right, Senator Feinstein?

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