There are negligent dischrges and then there are grossly negligent discharges. We stopped counting when our number register overflowed trying to add up all the things that had to be done negligently for this accident to happen:
CHICAGO (CBS) – A 5-year-old girl jumping on a bed was injured by a bullet early Saturday when a gun beneath the mattress went off, police said.
The incident occurred at about 12:22 a.m…. The child was jumping on a bed when a weapon discharged, apparently from underneath the mattress.
This may be a rare case where the passive voice is justified, briefly and locally, in talking about a gun that “went off.” Because there was no human agent actively operating the gun. But there was an idiot whose gross negligence set this mishap up.
First place, someone had to violate that Chicago gun ban that keeps everybody safe, except for the hundreds of murder victims that the Mayor, who loves him some ban, doesn’t care about because they were dumb enough to be born black and poor and live in bad neighborhoods, while he was smart enough to be born rich and Jewish and never has to see a bad neighborhood.
As he would no doubt say, [something that Cee-Lo Green famously sings] them.
But snark aside, somebody put a loaded gun. Under a mattress. Round in the chamber or in the cylinder, under the hammer. Protected by nothing. Without a manual safety engaged.
Then this mental giant had to turn a five year old loose in the room with the unsecured gun.
Then said brainiac had to allow the kid to use the bed for a trampoline. (“Hey what do we care. It’s a furnished Section 8 rental, to us it’s free!”). After midnight.
The good news: the wound was in the ankle and the girl will live.
No one appears to have been charged. The authorities in America’s capital of Third World corruption reserve that treatment for transiting tourists.