NBC & REMINGTON, Round II
Almost a year ago I made a BLOG post entitled, The Problem with the Taurus TCP. The purpose of this post and video was to illustrate what I considered a design flaw in the fire control system. Being a simple kind of guy I figured a video of the problem was the best way to illustrate it.
So, last night, while watching NBC report on a supposed dangerous issue with the common fire control (CFC) in a variety of Remington firearms, I eagerly anticipated NBC’s video evidence. After all, NBC is a major journalistic entity and should be able to produce evidentiary video of a much higher quality than me. And, NBC even bragged about working on the story for months.
Instead of evidence in the form of a simple demonstration using an actual gun, or in this case the faulty part, we got an animated cartoon of the mechanism failing and testimony from a collection of folks who all had a dog in the hunt or, at the very least, one in the box ready to be turned out.
If this problem is as prevalent as NBC suggests, how hard could it be to demonstrate it for the millions of viewers watching? I decided to give it a try.
I guess we now see why NBC used a cartoon to demonstrate the alleged problem as opposed to the real thing. While working as a cop I learned a valuable lesson. Evidence is a wonderful thing, especially if you have it on your side.
One final comment with regard to firearms safety. NBC admitted gun safety rules were violated by those claiming injury as a result of, and fault with the Remington CFC design. As an analogy, if you violate the rules of the road while driving your vehicle and cause an accident with injuries, what or who is to blame? You or your vehicle?