Turns out Plaxico Buress, the NY Giants bad-boy wide receiver, fell victim to a pretty common malady among those who arm themselves with Glock automatics — the dreaded "Glock leg." Glocks are unusual guns because they don't really have safeties. When you put your finger on the trigger of a Glock and pull, it's going to go off. Many other guns have safeties you must release before pulling the trigger but not Glocks.
The thing is, Glocks were designed that way intentionally. The idea was that if a police officer is faced with a life threatening situation and must use his gun, it had better go off when he pulls that trigger. It works very well when it needs to. The problem with Glocks is that they have a tendency to go off even when the holder does not intend for that to happen. That's what happened to Plaxico. His gun, which had been in the waistband of his pants, began to slip and he reached for it. His finger no doubt pulled the trigger and he shot himself in the leg.
It's something that is happening all over the country to police officers. In fact, I found this YouTube video of a cop demonstrating gun safety when he inadvertently shoots himself in the leg with his own Glock!! Pretty amazing. Even criminals have been caught in the crossfire, shot as police officers holding Glocks try to handcuff them. It's not for nothing that the NYPD, which uses Glocks, had the manufacturer increase the trigger pull to cut down on this problem.
I first came across this phenomenon when researching my book "Tacoma Confidential" because the Tacoma Police Chief David Brame was holding a Glock when he shot himself and his wife; most reports state that Brame pulled the trigger intentionally. The more I learned about Brame and about Glocks, I came ultimately to believe that Brame's gun accidentally fired because he was threatening to kill himself. As a chief, he was not trained in how to use the gun, and it cost him dearly. Burress was very lucky, suspension and all.