A firearms safety course went awry in Bedford County on Saturday afternoon when a participant shot himself in the hand with a .45-caliber handgun and the bullet passed through his hand and struck his wife, seated next to him, in the leg.
Look, gun safety is not that hard. There are only four simple Rules:
- The Gun is ALWAYS loaded.
- Never point the gun at anything you do not want to destroy or kill.
- Keep your finger away from the trigger until you are ready to fire.
- Be sure of your target, what is near your target, and what is BEHIND your target.
Obey those Four Rules, and you will never shoot someone unintentionally.
There is also an oft stated Fifth Rule: “Never try to catch a dropped gun.” Most modern guns are drop safe, and there is a good chance you’ll accidentally pull the trigger trying to catch it. Letting it hit the ground may be bad for the finish, but it won’t get anyone shot.
Oh, by the way, this was done negligently, not “accidentally”. There is a pretty significant difference. Number one, he was fiddling with a gun unnecessarily. Number two, he probably assumed that it wasn’t loaded. Number three, he wasn’t watching where it was pointed. Number four, he pulled the trigger. Even if nothing else did it, that last point would make it negligence.
Stop giving the anti-Rights cultists more ammunition to use against us. It’s really simple – just follow The Four Rules.
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[Source: Roanoke Times article, retrieved 4/24/12]