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Gun Safety

In the heat of a shooting exercise that included running from one position to another and shooting from both (or similar) you may forget to set the safety catch, but after some training it becomes automatic. I suspect that cops are drilled in a similar way which is why their weapons hardly ever fire unintentionally.

The safety catch is a very simple and thus very reliable mechanism which is why never fails--unless someone manipulated the gun in some way. You can rely on this: In all these cases the catch was not set: People were carrying loaded and unsecured guns. It seems to me that this fits easily the definition of criminal negligence.

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