Marine gets 8 years in brig

This wraps up the tragic story from March 9, 2009 when one Marine shot another by accident while playing a deadly game involving guns and trust, throwing common sense and weapon safety rules to the wayside.

The game typically begins when one service member partially inserts a bullet magazine into the handle of a pistol and pretends to pull back the gun’s slide to make it appear that the weapon is ready to fire.

He then points the weapon at a fellow service member before either pulling the trigger or lowering the gun. Typically, even if he pulls the trigger the weapon will not discharge because a bullet is not in the chamber.

When I read that my first thought was “WHAAAAATTT? Marines actually do that?”  I guess it must get pretty boring on base if they have to resort to games like that.

That unfortunately was not the first time a U.S. soldier has died playing games like that.

More info in the Associated Press article HERE

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