TSiWRX wrote:The local instructor who hosted also posted-up a very good reflection/mea-culpa.
The lessons I learned from this was that the bystander effect, the desire for group conformity and the pressures of herd mentality are all very real, as is our society-taught/learned behavior of deferring to or obeying authority.
I've yet to have this happen on the range or in training, but I have seen it in action in first-person at work a long time ago, where I deferred to the expertise of two (much more) senior scientists in the design of an experiment. Fast forward 8 weeks later as the experiment was coming to a close, my boss asked: "Where's the control group?" To which I replied that there were none established at the beginning, based on the design of the two individuals who were responsible. That's when I learned the life lesson of never being afraid to speak up if I deem that something is wrong, no matter the powers that be.
I do not subscribe to the suggestion that all of us have "yet" to experience a non-intentional (be it negligent or otherwise) discharge: that as shooters, we've either had one or are bound to have one in our future.
But at the same time, I'm also not blind to the fact that I am just one complacent eyeblink away from having an unintentional discharge.
Reading about this kind of event is always humbling.
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