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December 16, 2009
Valley Morning Star, Harlingen Texas
An Airman assigned to Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., died Dec. 11 after being shot during a game involving a handgun, according to police.
Michael Garcia, 23, of San Benito, Texas, died of a gunshot wound to the head in an apartment near the base, the Bellevue Police Department stated in a press release.
Airman Corey D. Hernandez, 21, was arrested on charges of manslaughter and use of a weapon to commit a felony, the military stated in a press release.
"Trust," the game that Garcia and Hernandez reportedly were playing, involves a person pointing a handgun at another person.
"It's a game of confidence, a game of trust," Victor Garza, chairman of the San Benito Veterans Advisory Board, said. "Usually the weapon is unloaded."
According to a recent Associated Press report, "Trust" is a game Marines have sometimes played to build confidence in colleagues: Point a gun at a comrade and ask, "Do you trust me?"
The AP has reported that the game has cropped up in barracks across Iraq and Afghanistan and is supposed to make a serviceman feel comfortable enough with a comrade that he would stare into the other's gun barrel. But it violates the military's basic weapon-safety rules.
Originally posted by JIMC5499
Put him up for a Darwin award. I'll take any bet that the only firearms training that these two recieved was in boot camp. Contrary to popular belief, most people in the Air Force and Navy never touch a weapon except for the minimal training recieved in Boot Camp. If my duties hadn't warrented it, the only shooting I would have done during my time in the Navy would have been shooting 5 rounds from a .22 barrel in a .45 frame.
Originally posted by Maxmars
Things sure have changed.
In my day, admittedly decades ago, if you pointed a gun at one of your team, or any member of the service for that matter, you might be looking at - eventually - a fine, a reduction in rank, and giving up any hope of a career in the service - but of course that would only happen after the beating of a lifetime.
Their is only one reason to point a gun at someone. Games didn't enter into it.
This is a juvenile and ignorant practice that serves no purpose other than to risk one's life... and in my case, the permanent obliteration of any trust I would have ever had for the person holding the weapon.