Mr Dalzell, from his own personal experience, knows of the stresses on those who legally carry a lethal weapon. Despite all the training and operating procedures one momentary lapse in concentration, through tiredness or distraction, will lead to a situation such as this. Most of us who carried weapons would admit, if we were honest, to at least one situation where we were perhaps just a millisecond from a negligent discharge of that weapon. Our training and instinct probably saved us. But if we had been just a little more tired or stressed we could have been facing that enquiry or court-martial.
We expect an awesome responsibility from our young men and women in these situations, responsibility that much older people in civilian life could not possibly imagine and will probably never face.
I salute the Dalzell family and wish Ranger Barry well in whatever situation life presents to him. There was no malice in his action and he will probably punish himself for the rest of his life.