Accidentally

Muzzle direction is the primary safety. Always has been and always will be.

–Bill Rogers

Garland man accidentally fatally shot in head while teaching son to shoot

What’s so sad is how many different recent incidents the search string ‘son accidentally shoots father‘ brings up. Both fathers and sons are on the receiving end.

Firearms are relentlessly unforgiving of the slightest lapse in attention or knowledge of their manuals of arms. The details of this incident aren’t stated but they’re almost irrelevant. Does anyone think that poor boy will ever have a well adjusted life? I doubt it. Who’s fault is that? Certainly not the boy’s.

Just because a person “has been around guns all my life” doesn’t mean they know anything about them. All that frequently parrotted phrase means is that the person has beaten the odds so far. Don’t be ‘that guy.’ It’s not a hair dryer; learn about your firearm(s) and any of the sets of basic safety rules. The number of people who can’t recite, from memory, at least one set of firearms safety rules is astonishing.

There are several sets of safety rules. The NRA Rules are a good start.

ALWAYS Keep The Gun Pointed In A Safe Direction
This is the primary rule of gun safety. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

ALWAYS Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Ready To Shoot
When holding a gun, rest your finger alongside the frame and outside the trigger guard. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

ALWAYS Keep The Gun Unloaded Until Ready To Use
If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.

Let’s be careful out there.

 

 

 

 

6 responses

  1. Several “negligent discharges” occurring with other gun handlers recently have jerked me back from complacent handling. No injuries, thankfully, but they occurred with experienced “gunmen”-competitor and law enforcement officer. I appreciate your use of the word “relentless”-so true. One could also add unfailing(to fire), unremorseful(the firearm and projectile don’t care) and always unforgiving. Check them thrice!

  2. The 2 most common reasons for firearm accidents are ignorance and carelessness. Gun owners don’t know the proper way to handle the firearm. Or they know how but have become complacent

  3. the last one does not sound good to me. my guns are loaded. i am single and carry every day. that gun is always loaded and next to me when i sleep it is always in a good holster. i have rifles that stay loaded also. they would not do me any good if they weren’t. if you have kids that is a different situation, but here again if a gun is not loaded it is no better then a club.

  4. I’ve always said if you treat every firearm as if it’s loaded at all times, don’t care if it’s a revolver with the cylinder open or a pistol with the slide locked back and no mag in the well, you will encapsulate all the other rules. Firearms are tools and like all tools there are rules around using them safely.

  5. Reblogged this on disturbeddeputy and commented:
    Never forget the basics.

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