Monday, June 02, 2008

Rule #1

All firearms are loaded

From the AP


ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — An Alexandria man was recovering after accidentally shooting himself while showing his girlfriend how to handle a pistol on Saturday in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant.

Police said the 21-year-old man told investigators he forgot he had just reloaded the gun, and squeezed the trigger while putting the gun into the driver's door panel. The bullet went through his inner left thigh.
#1: What the heck are you doing using a firearm to show off to your girlfriend in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant?

#2: Putting the gun into the driver's door panel? There may be a bit more to this story than has been reported.

#3: At least he takes responsibility and has the decency to be embarrassed by his negligence.

Police said the man repeatedly told investigators he was ex-military and knows how to handle a gun, and was very embarrassed by the incident.
On a positive note, he missed anything major and survived this "learning opportunity" with minimum damage.

The Four Rules, just in case you need a reminder:

  1. All firearms are loaded - There are no exceptions, period. Know this rule and live it. Handle all firearms accordingly.
  2. Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at anything you are not willing to destroy - If you are not willing to see a bullet hole in it, do not allow a firearm's muzzle to point at it. If you are doing dry fire drills in your home, extra care needs to be made to insure that ammo is not even in the same room as you are. Dry fire drills can be dangerous because they do violate Rule #2.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger unless your sights are on the target - You do not gain any speed at all by keeping your finger on the trigger. Keep it out of the guard until you are sighted on the target. Practice this until it becomes second nature. If this rule were followed 100% of the time, there would be no negligent discharges.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is behind it - Be aware of your surroundings whether on a range, in the woods, or in a potentially lethal conflict. Never shoot at sounds or at a target you can not positively identify.

1, 2, 3, 4 Rules so easy even a seven year old can learn them.

3 comments:

dw said...

and you have known a few 7 year olds that did learn these lessons. i agree, there is something more to this story. and i'm glad that i don't go to the range with this guy.

dw said...

and just to add to my last post. when i was about 10 years old a neighbor and friend of my father's accidently shot and killed his 13 year old son. they had been hunting, and when they got home the father reached into the back seat of his truck, grabbing his deer rife. his son was unloading stuff from the other side door and finger on the trigger struck. their family was ruined. the son was the only child, and a few months later the parents divorced. please remember the rules.

JR said...

When I was in high school, we used to go out on opening day of pheasant season and watch the LA hunters circle a 40 acre field and shoot each others dogs. Once a woman was handing a shotgun out the window of a pickup truck to her husband. When he grabbed the gun, he shot her.

I learned my firearm safety lessons from my Dad, and from Jay Boone. Those lessons stuck.