I agree; I think that's why trainers harp on "There are no accidents!" so much.I never thought of it that way? I always cringed at "Accidental" because that's like "Oh, woops, I dropped my doughnut!" which doesn't mean diddly, except a dirty doughnut. "Negligent" discharge is something that can not be allowed. Well, unless you were pointed down range and had a 1.5lb trigger pull and didn't expect the shot?
It's like when one of my kids hurts a sibling or breaks one of their toys- "It was just an accident...", as if that absolves them of guilt and makes it better. Saying it was "just an accident" after accidentally shooting someone, does NOT make it better.
I do understand the dislike of the word "accident"; my point is just that technically it is grammatically correct to call any non-intentional shooting an accident, negligent or not. Negligence means you weren't being careful enough, but it's still an accident if it wasn't intentional.
Most accidents are due to negligence. Accidentally broke your brother's toy? Negligence
Had an "accident" in your pants? Probably negligence
Had an accident on the road? Usually negligence
Accidental pregnancy? Yeah, that one's most likely negligence too
Accidentally shot an employee on a movie set? Major, major negligence!
I preach it to my kids every single time they're around a gun; there's no room for negligence when handling firearms, always focus and respect, never carelessness or horseplay. Always follow the basic safety rules, even when you know it's unloaded, especially then!
It should never happen but accidental/negligent discharges can and do happen, even to the best of us. There's no excuse for it but you have to always be aware that you're not infallible and it could happen to you, and that's where the safety rules come in. Those safety rules will save lives when you make a deeply ingrained habit of always following them.
OK, sorry about that. I'll get off my soapbox now...