LOL imagine that… a negligent discharge from one strip mall operator…
(guy pictured, although a USMC defender; wasn’t the guy who ND’d)
You can read the full story at Columbus Dispatch, but here are the best parts:
One of them has been charged with a misdemeanor after he accidentally fired his AR-15 rifle. Someone from the recruiting center at 1530 River Valley Blvd. flagged down an officer at 12:01 p.m. to report the incident, Lt. Shane Wilson said.
The shopping-center owner issued a statement saying it was decided that “for the safety of tenants, customers and construction personnel working in the immediate vicinity of the Military Recruiting Center, it would be best to request the removal of the armed individuals.”
Christopher A. Reed, 28, of Lancaster, OH was charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits, and was issued a summons to appear in Fairfield County Municipal Court on Tuesday, according to the police incident report.
Reed told police that he was holding his rifle outside the recruitment center when someone asked if he could take a look at it. Reed agreed, and while he was trying to clear the ammunition from the weapon, he accidentally fired one shot into the asphalt pavement.
The only damage was a hole in the pavement. The rifle was taken from Reed pending his appearance in court, the incident report says. Conviction on the fourth-degree misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail. Reed was convicted of the same offense in 2013, and was fined $50, court records show.
“I’m nobody special,” Reed said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “I’m just a guy doing my job because my own government wouldn’t do it.” Reed said he is not a military veteran. He described himself as an active gun enthusiast who makes a living working side jobs. He downplayed what happened. “It is what it is,” he said. “Nobody got hurt.”
Amazing… Reality is always funnier than fiction. Glad to hear those idiots were told to go home before someone got hurt. I’m sure there are a lot of non Law Enforcement and Non Military people who are proficient enough to actually do some good in a military recruiting center protection scenario… but the problem is you’re always going to get bottom of the barrel wannabe operators whose only qualification is that they “own a firearm” (like these guys “Defending USMC” which I posted about a couple days ago). Well looks like Christopher Reed got what he wanted in this case anyway, and even was able to do a phone interview! How humble of him to play down his operational tier though by stating the obvious “I’m nobody special”. Although, I would disagree… he’s clearly “short bus special”.
Thoughts? Oh and if you want to call me a pussy (like a guy did on Instagram, then SOP for internet G’s quickly went “private”) for knowing my limitations and not stepping up to the plate to defend the military by standing outside a recruiting office with a rifle (man, even typing that sounds retarded)… please do so in the comments so I have something to laugh at when I wake up.
P.S. What’s Christopher Reed’s ARFCOM username, and the link to the thread where he defends his “accident”? Please leave it in the comments.