Gun safety instructor accidentally fired handgun inside Stillwater school just before class began

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"Do as I say, not as I do, kids!"
If the instructor of the firearms class offered at Stillwater's Salem Lutheran School is a model of gun safety, we'd hate to be around the reckless folks.

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That's because the 76-year-old teacher and Cottage Grove resident could face charges after accidentally firing a .45-caliber just before last Thursday's class began.

One of the guns the instructor brought in his gun case that night was a 1911 Colt 45. A student asked him to take it out of the case so they could get a closer look, and Woodbury Patch explains what happened from there:
[The student] told the teacher he wasn't familiar with the gun and questioned the teacher about it being partially cocked.

At that point the instructor picked up the 1911 Colt 45 and showed the man the different types of safeties on the gun--all while pointing it away from the eight kids and their parents who were getting ready for the class to begin.

While the teacher was explaining the different types of safeties on the gun, the handgun discharged, causing a bullet to go through the wall of the cafeteria.
The teacher "assumed the weapon was empty," he later told police. But he took full responsibility and told them, "you gentlemen can't imagine the embarrassment I feel towards myself... I am completely sorry for the incident that took place."

Though discharging a firearm within city limits in illegal in Stillwater, the Star Tribune reports that investigators are satisfied the firing was accidental. But according to Patch, the matter has still been forwarded to the city attorney for review of possible charges.

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24 comments
jenmcdonough92
jenmcdonough92

Nice!!  I'm pretty sure the first rule of gun safety is never to assume the gun is empty!  

Why are we holding gun safety classes in a school anyway?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

76 year old!!! a fucking old geezer hick WTF

old people are worthless and dangerous

Kinnell Tackett
Kinnell Tackett

I know someone who accidentally discharged a firearm in their home. They lost all their guns for a year and almost forfeited them due to a technicality. I'm not saying this guy deserves charges, or the same consequence, but I hope the school tells him not to come back.

Alex Gubenko
Alex Gubenko

What an idiot. Check your weapons. Even if you think they were unloaded before putting them away. Check it again. It takes one second to rack the slide. What a moron.

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

Probably not an NRA certified instructor... maybe but doubtful. He is getting too old either way should never have happened.

green23
green23

I don't think he needs to be charged, but he needs to re-think a few things. 

I'm no gun expert, but if he was pointing out the safetys, how could he not realise that the gun could fire? The fact that the gun was cocked was pointed out to him. I understand that it's not always readily apparent if a gun is loaded, but it seems like there were warning signs. 

Again, I'm not an expert. But maybe someone who is one could explain these things. 

At least he had the sense to point it away from people. Maybe people who insist on carrying loaded guns around should spend a moment considering the shock and horror that they would feel upon realising that their "Oops!" moment left someone paralysed, disfigured, crippled for life, or even dead. 

If we require liability insurance for cars, why shouldn't we require liability insurance for CCW permit-holders?

David Mortensen
David Mortensen

I vote for charges. It's a GUN. "I accidentally forgot to fasten my seatbelt", ring any bells?

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

And if unicorns were really angry, we would have no terrorists.

Andy Nordenstrom
Andy Nordenstrom

^ and this is why conceal and carry permits should be hard to get. Too many people react on impulse like this guy who saw the words "school" and "gun" and just assumed that the 76 year old saftey instructor should've been shot automatically after accidentally firing his gun.

GeekAaron
GeekAaron

Why is the instructor's name not mentioned anywhere?

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

If more people had conceal and carry they could've taken out this monster and tragedy could've been avoided.

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

I bet they will never forget that lesson. Better than finding out themselves in a worse way.

swee2th
swee2th

Famous last words: "I assumed it was empty." Usually not uttered by professionals though...

Cara Flora
Cara Flora

this is not the first time that happened this year (in a different state).

ilovesaintpaul
ilovesaintpaul

Throw the book at him. There is no excuse for this. He should have all of his firearms taken away.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@jenmcdonough92 That's pretty much where they are *always* held.  But you're pretty much right about the rules.  Treat every gun as if it were loaded.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@_Joe_  not a troll if thats how i feel and think

he is old as fuck and for sure a hick

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@_Joe_  i love trolling...but this wasnt a troll

this guy is way too old to be showing people how to use a gun...in a school no less. 

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