Quote Originally Posted by PsiKnot View Post
There shouldn't have been a round in the chamber. It's that simple. Safety off, finger on the trigger, none of that matters if there isn't a bullet in the chamber. He failed to clear his weapon, neglegence.
That depends on circumstance, really. If they were out on patrol, then as soon as they cleared the gates, all of them would have put a round in the chamber.

"Weapons status red," as we say in the Army.

I mean, if you get hit with an IED, are you going to take that extra second to pull back your charging handle when you should be engaging targets?

Given a fair trial, I think he'll be alright. There are plenty of things he has going for him, though muzzle accountability is always a big thing...