OK been reading all of the posts for a while and thought I'd throw in 2 more cents. I think a guy who admits to making a mistake after taking a bullet shouldn't be called an idiot.
First his pride probably hurts almost as much as his leg.
Second just because you don't feel his admission of fault is 100% in line with what what actually occured doesn't mean he should be labeled an idiot. Lets give the guy a little slack for trying to save just a little face (after taking a bullet).
I have a lot of respect for someone who makes a mistake, tries to learn from it and ligitimately tries to pass on knowledge to as many people as possible to prevent other people from making a similar mistake. A man I knew and respected very much back in the Navy once told me,"everyone makes mistakes, but how a man recovers is what defines him." I heard those words after I made my own bonehead mistake. (did not concern firearms) I just wish everyone would cut the guy a little more slack and take away his obvious intentions of being carefull with your firearms and don't think it cant happen to you.