ATLANTA, GEORGIA — In a case that the Atlanta police are handling delicately, prominent Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver negligently discharged his firearm and the resulting discharge punched through the front seat of his Ford Expedition and through his wife. The couple were being driven through Atlanta to see another client when they hit a section of active protest from the Black Lives Matter movement. Potentially wary of the group’s violent tendencies, McIver got out his snub-nosed .38 revolver and placed it on the seat beside him. After passing through that section of protest, he says he nodded off but woke up when the gun went off. The resulting impact of the bullet penetrated the front seat where his wife was sitting and through her back.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the wife was transported to Emory University and taken in through the emergency department. She died later that day in surgery. Both are considered to be prominent citizens in Atlanta and operate a profitable marketing venture together.
McIver is described as being extremely distraught and in considerable mental anguish over the incident and police are taking matters slowly to ensure the case is properly investigated.
“This is one of those situations we’re working through very slowly,” police Sgt. Warren Pickard said. “We want to get it right.”
McIver is on the Board of Elections for the State of Geogia and his wife ran an extremely successful marketing firm to which he was on the board of directors. In addition to his own practice, McIver is described as a philanthropist and extremely professional. He told police he doesn’t remember pulling the trigger and it’s believed that the discharge occurred when the vehicle went over a bump. It was unsecured in a seat beside him.
If anything, this should demonstrate that guns don’t discriminate. And guns don’t have a mind of their own. When outside of our control, a gun needs to be secured in a holster. Having a gun is a great thing. There is responsibility attached to that. There is no such thing as an accident when it comes to the discharge of a firearm. There is purposeful discharge and negligent discharge. We’re responsible for both.
As daily concealed carriers, we cannot be caught in this situation. We can’t afford to be caught in this situation. The resulting catastrophe is too great and the impact on those who depend upon us is permanent.
Secure the damn firearm when it’s not in use. Put it in a holster. It’s not hard and it’s guaranteed to never go off unless you pull the trigger.