And no, I am not gonna lay the blame entirely on the officers. They had a crappy job to do and did it. I will lay blame on politics and very probably a lack of proper training.
Quote from the 2010 NYPD Annual Firearms Discharge Report:
All NYPD service pistols are “double action only” (DAO), meaning they have a two‐stage trigger pull for each round fired (unlike single‐action weapons, which can be
“cocked,” resulting in a one‐stage trigger pull, which is smoother and easier). Additionally, all NYPD weapons are also modified to have a heavier‐than‐stock 12‐lb trigger pull; this diminishes the likelihood of unintentional discharges but also affects aiming.
A very hard trigger pull combined with fast firing will result in bullets missing its intended target and the powers that be knew. The idea that a gunsmithing solution is a substitute for good training is irresponsible. NYC will surely get sued by the victims and probably will lose big time. Unfortunately I doubt that the White Shirts will do the right thing and remove politics from firearms training.And if you had any doubts about the stupidity of politics in training, the following quote is also from the same report:
All officers who discharge their firearms are sent to a firearms‐retraining course, regardless of the circumstances of the discharge.
So even if the shooting was “good” the officer is forced to retrain and I can imagine that it should feel like they did something wrong even when they did not. It has to affect the officer no matter what that he is treated like he just shot the Pope.
Life Saving techniques cannot be left in the hands of politicians. But the chance that NYC Politicians actually will call Gun People and address the problems is right there with Mayor Bloomberg throwing his full support for National Concealed Carry tomorrow before noon.