Just this past week a Twitch streamer by the name of Carl Riemer had a negligent discharge with his Glock pistol during a live stream on the night of Wednesday, March 4th. The negligent discharge did not harm anyone and only damaged some items on his desk. Thankfully it seems all that was harmed in this incident was this guy’s pride along with his career on Twitch.
A Twitch Streamer’s Negligent Discharge: This is Why Guns and Alcohol Don’t Mix
At some point during his Livestream, Carl removed the pistol from its holster, racked the slide and then jokingly proclaimed “Bitch say I ain’t got money.” After which he laughed and then racked the slide once more ejecting a live casing onto his desk. After ejecting the live round, he then pointed the gun to the side and pulled the trigger which detonated what I presume to be the next round in his magazine.
In the course of “unloading” his pistol, it seems he forgot to remove the magazine first before racking the slide to eject the chambered round. The fired round blew through a stainless steel cup and destroyed a container of energy drink mix as well as one of Carl’s monitors.
The clip quickly went viral as viewers captured live video and distributed it across the internet. Right after the incident, Carl exclaimed: “I swear to god I just emptied the mag!” His shock was apparent by the look on his face. The next day, Carl released another short video expressing disappointment in himself as he admits he was intoxicated during the stream (evidenced by the open can of beer on his desk during the incident).
Carl had apparently owned the pistol for two years so it is likely that he was familiar with its operation, however, he was clear to point out that alcohol and guns don’t mix and even further, that even if sober, guns are not toys to be played with. Unfortunately, it seems that Twitch has suspended Carl’s account because of the incident. Carl is uncertain if his earnings from the site will be awarded because of the incident.
Guns and Alcohol DON’T Mix!
This sobering incident is a reminder that safety should always be the number one priority when you’re around guns, especially loaded guns. This could have been an easily avoidable incident and we are lucky that in this particular case no one was injured. Remember to always follow safe firearms handling and to avoid handling weapons when partaking of alcoholic beverages. Also, just in case you weren’t certain, “desk pops” are also inadvisable when handling firearms.