Ya’ll know (at least my 11 faithful readers) that I am a Lifetime Endowment member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and proud of it. Ya’ll also know I practice shooting at the range frequently with Devoted Spouse who is also a Lifetime Endowment member of the NRA and is a licensed concealed carry expert. So I know a little about firearms. I like them. I have a healthy appreciation and appropriate respect for them, and most importantly I know how and am not afraid to use one. That should pretty well sum up my position.
Ya’ll also know I get my blog postings from what goes on around me and some days I see things that I hardly can believe let alone write about. Today is one of those days. Sorry as much as I tried to make this humorous it is not a “Ha-Ha” subject.
Not too far from here there was a Police Academy Instructor who “accidentally” shot himself in his upper thigh during a gun demonstration in front of a bunch of police recruits. This man, fully qualified, was demonstrating the use of a 9mm Smith & Wesson semi-automatic and he shot himself. The flippin’ idiot shot himself — in front of police recruits. Crap on a crutch.
The news article said the students were “disturbed.” Ya think? What kind of dork (and a fully trained one at that) shoots himself in the leg during a demonstration? I’ll tell you what kind. The kind who isn’t paying attention.
You can have all the training in the world…you can be a first class shooter…you can have been working with weapons for 30 years, and it only takes one second to make a mistake. Complacency, being in a hurry, not checking your weapon to make sure there is no bullet left in the chamber when you are done…there are many things that can happen. It is easy to get distracted and when you have a loaded weapon in your hand distraction is not an option. Stupidity is not an excuse.
Stories like this one drive me insane because they give the “anti-gun” faction the ammunition they need (pardon the pun) to call all of us who DO use guns “dangerous.” These stories also add fuel to the fire to allow our government to regulate/and or take away our rights to own and bear arms – rights which we still have last time I checked the 2nd Amendment and lemme tell ya – ain’t nobody gonna take my guns away from me.
So, yeah, cut me some slack coz today’s blog isn’t real funny unless you get a kick out of this idiot who shot himself when he should have known better. And once again I feel compelled to remind you guys of the Basic Rules of Gun Safety:
- ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
- ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
- ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
- KNOW your target and what is beyond. Think first; shoot second.
- KNOW how to use your gun safely – get trained before you go shooting.
- BE sure your gun is safe to operate. Maintain it just like any tool you would clean and keep in good working order.
- USE only the correct ammunition for your gun.
- ON the range, use eye and ear protection – trust me this stuff is loud.
- NEVER fire your weapon while under the influence of alcohol, over-the-counter drugs, prescription or other drugs. Even cold medicine can hamper your ability to shoot safely.
- STORE guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons – two words kids: gun safe
I remember the first time Devoted Spouse took me shooting – and he had given me lessons prior. And STILL I unwittingly held my finger on the trigger of a loaded gun before I was ready to shoot — he quickly put his hand on my gun which lowered it and we had a little talk. Not long after, we took a friend shooting with us – and I had to teach her the same lesson. You put your finger on that trigger and the gun is loaded you best be prepared to shoot that weapon. And I’m hoping you are aiming at a paper target. If you are aiming at an intruder in your home (which is now protected by the Castle Law at least here in OH) you best be prepared to kill that intruder coz he will have no qualms whatsoever over killing you and your family.
The instructor who shot himself is embarassed, as well he should be. I imagine he won’t be teaching at that academy any time soon. I believe his license should be pulled and he should be required to take additional training.
This can happen to anyone – while guns are a wonderful recreational hobby, they can kill you in an instant.
Be safe kids – pay attention. And I’ll see you on the pistol range…soon…sigh…
(Here’s where I got the rules: NRA Gun Safety Rules )