"Battle-Hardened" Doesn't Mean Error-Proof
I've said elsewhere that my experience with weapons in the Canadian Forces convinced me that arms control in a civil society is an absolute necessity, and that the more stringent such control is, the better.
Why? Well here's the sort of thing professionals are capable of:
France just had 17 people blasted by a guy who had just come home from a live deployment in Chad.
He apparently managed to mistake live ammo for blanks.
The soldier who fired the shots was arrested, but an army spokesman insisted that Sunday's incident was "99.99 per cent" likely the result of an "unintentional" error.I'm not saying I'd never make that mistake, but there are significant differences. Blanks, without the lead projectiles, are significantly lighter. And in France they pack blank ammo in a different coloured magazine to avoid exactly this kind of confusion.
Remember, this is a trained professional. I feel so sorry for him. Not to mention seventeen people whose lives will never be the same.