What the hell is going on here?
Dumbo Zumbo shoots his career in the foot by going full-Fudd.
Then Dickless Metcalf starts carrying the anti-gunners’ water for them, and his mealy-mouthed editor at Guns & Ammo helps him do it.
Now Bob Owens of BearingArms.com has joined their illustrious company on the anti-gun side. This, after Owens took Metcalf to task for acting as a puppet for the anti-gun cultists!
In an op-ed for the anti-gun liberal L.A. Times, Owens badmouths Glock because of a rash of police accidental shootings due to what he claims to be an overly-light trigger pull & too-short trigger travel distance (and a lack of a manual safety) on Glock handguns.
“For more than 35 years, officer-involved accidental discharges with Glocks and Glock-like weapons have been blamed on a lack of training or negligence on the part of the individual cops. What critics should be addressing instead is the brutal reality that short trigger pulls and natural human reflexes are a deadly combination.”
So, all of a sudden the minimal firearms training requirements (partly budgetary in nature) for police are absolved of guilt for these officers’ negligence?
And the Glock trigger (which is longer and heavier than a 1911) is suddenly a problem, despite this rash of police-initiated incidents that has not been mirrored by a commensurate increase in civilian negligent discharges? And the police Glocks use an even heavier trigger than civilian Glocks (the “New York Trigger”).
Owens talks about going back to issuing police guns that have long DAO (double-action only) triggers. Which will make the already abysmal track record of police firearms accuracy even worse.
Owens tried to deflect & defuse the controversy on his own blog:
“Mechanically, Glocks and similar pistols are incredibly solid and reliable designs. What they aren’t is forgiving…Unfortunately, until they start manufacturing failure-proof people, Glocks and other short trigger pull guns are going to be a bad choice for professions where high stress is a constant.”
There isn’t anything I can think of that has higher stress than a self-defense situation. And by Owens’ standard, the 1911 (with its lighter and shorter trigger) is even worse than a Glock for such situations. The Walther PPS and PPQ have lighter, shorter triggers than a Glock. My Springfield XDM has a shorter, lighter trigger than a Glock. Haven’t shot a S&W M&P lately but its entirely possible that their triggers are comparable or lighter/shorter than a Glock. Owens tries to suggest that the Beretta 92/96 design (which has proven to be prone to breakage in military service) is the answer. He also suggests the Ruger SR series…which has a Glock-like trigger. And the discontinued 1st-3rd gen S&W pistols. Hey, Bob, how about a Nagant M1895 revolver? Is that a heavy enough trigger for you?
Some have claimed that Owens has a relationship with a rival firearms manufacturer, and this is what is driving his sudden attack of foot-in-mouth disease. Or maybe he just needed to get some attention, like an infant throwing his pacifier on the floor and crying.
Regardless of his motivation, Owens proved himself to be a willing tool of the anti-gun crowd, and an ignoramus.
Enjoy your infamy, you chinless hayseed.