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Site Announcement, May 12, 2016 in Weapons - Guns, Ammo & Knifes - All Weapons
Sometimes, it’s simply more cost-effective for companies to settle a civil lawsuit with a payoff than it is to pay the crushing legal costs of defending yourself in court. It’s sad that being in the right is utterly irrelevant, but that’s simply the way our sue-happy civil court system in this Republic is regretfully designed to operate.
We’re seeing that play out in California right now, as Glock is settling a case with a former LAPD officer who sued Glock for a negligent discharge shooting that left him paralyzed.
Do you know who bears 100% responsibility for the off-duty negligent discharge shooting of LAPD officer Enrique Herrera Chavez? Enrique Herrera Chavez bears that responsibility.
In a case that eerily reminds us of the high profile shooting of Florida mother Jamie Gilt by her child, Chavez left his loaded service weapon in the back seat of his car with an unsecured child.
This was grossly incompetent parenting and gun handling that was also in clear violation of his training as a police officer and every bit of advice provided by the firearms manufacturing and training industries regarding safe storage.
I’ve come under fire in the past for stating that Glocks aren’t the best choice of firearms for most police patrol officers due to their lack of training and the kind of situations they can find themselves in, but I’ve been very clear that the gun’s design, while unforgiving of mistakes, is mechanically safe unless altered.
Chavez’s attempt to claim that the gun’s design led to him being shot is ludicrous.
You know it. I know it. Glock knows it. If he’s capable of being honest with himself, Chavez knows it, too.
Legally, ethically, and morally, this was 100% a failure of Chavez to secure his child and his weapon.
Glock would have likely crushed him in court if they’d gone to trial, but they clearly did the math and determined that the cost of defending themselves with attorneys and expert testimony was more than the settlement the Chavez family was willing to accept.
It’s a damn shame that former officer Chavez is not paralyzed, but it infuriates me that he attempts to blame anyone other than his own carelessness for his injuries.
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