Originally Posted by RL357Mag
All SKS owners beware - placing the firing pin in the wrong configuration (backwards) has been known to cause burst fire. Another reason I won't use a public range.
This got me thinking. If I were a deranged, crazed, nutcake and I deliberately took my SUV across a park in order to run over or hit as many people as possible, I would expect the authorities to prosecute me to the fullest extent of the law; my intent
was to cause mortal harm.
But if there is a mechanical failure (say, brakes) and I hit the rear of a car or even veer off the road and accidentally hit someone, the charge is likely to be far, far less severe, if there are any charges placed against me at all. Why? Because I had no intent to hurt anyone.
Clearly, Olofson did not show intent to loan a known-flawed rifle to an acquaintance who would get blown in for a burst fire. Why is the law coming down so hard on him, particularly when no one was hurt or even in danger of being hurt?