Australia has just got its first casualty in Iraq.
Private Jacob (Jake) Bruce Kovco was one of Australia’s most highly trained and respected snipers.
The 25-year-old father of two was today named as Australia’s first fatal casualty in the Iraq conflict – dying from an accidental shot to the head while cleaning a 9mm Browning automatic pistol on Friday afternoon.
Here’s my questions though: how come a gun is loaded whilst it is being cleaned? Wouldn’t it be safer if it wasn’t? And is this a nicer way to spin the story than using the dreaded “suicide” word? No disrespect to Private Kovco’s family but how could a highly trained sniper make a mistake like that?
Anyone of you out there who knows guns, eg. Singaporeans who have gone through NS, please enlighten me.