I feel any negligent discharge is operator error. If it goes off while you're looking at it sitting on the kitchen table, that would be an accidental discharge.
I've gotten passionate lately about following the commandments of firearms safety
All guns are always loaded.
Rule Two -
Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
Rule Three -
Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target.
Rule Four -
Be sure of your target. Know what it is, what is in line with it, and what is behind it. Never shoot anything you have not positively identified.
Train with it and let it become ingrained, and then even in a high stress situation you won't forget. Become complacent and bad habits will take over, usually at the worst possible time.
Follow these rules all the time
and you will be safe and free of unwanted holes, unless poltergeist take control over your firearm
Been at a few gunshops in the last couple of weeks, and the lack of trigger discipline and being muzzle swept constantly is quite disconcerting. I DON'T CARE
if you cleared the weapon in front of me before pointing it at my chest, you still violated rule number two!
Then the shop workers look at me like I'm crazy when I jump out of the way, and I'm really effed up when I tell them why!