“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” – George Bernard Shaw
The past few weeks have been rife with stories of American gun owners behaving poorly with their firearms. More than I have time to list, but here’s the highlights:
We begin with two Rhodes Scholars who decided to test out the Teuller Drill using a live gun. Only one of them is still breathing.
Then, we have a drunk woman who shoots her boyfriend in the head while “acting out a movie scene.” His final performance.
In Georgia woman is dead from another “gun cleaning” accident. Amazing how cleaning guns requires so many to muzzle themselves (or others) and press the trigger, yet I’ve never seen an owner’s manual directing such.
Iowa teen dies after accidental shooting at gun club. The shot was self inflicted while target shooting with her dad.
A Phoenix man dies after drunken gun handling. He and two other rocket surgeons decided to play with a firearm during cocktail hour. The deceased expired after bleeding out from a leg wound. Tourniquet anyone?
Country music rising star dies from accidental wounding during a music video production. Suggestion for future film makers: Don’t use live guns on set.
A newborn baby is dead and a woman was wounded in a Florida accidental shooting.
Pennsylvania man wounded by own gun he was carrying in Sam’s Club. Absent of details, but I’m betting on no holster and uncovered trigger.
Two officers were injured from an ND during training in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Florida deputy is injured in lower leg at a firing rage. How much do we bet that was a holstering mishap?
A Pennsylvania deputy ND’s into her own abdomen.
Finally, we have another unsecured firearm tragedy – a 3-year-old boy shoots his 4-year-old brother after finding his father’s “recently purchased” gun.
ALL OF THESE “ACCIDENTS” WERE COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE!
There is not a single one, once investigated, that will be deemed anything other than human error. The guns didn’t just “go off”, nor did mischievous gremlins tamper with their internal mechanisms.
No, through carelessness or ignorance the circumstances surrounding these events were instigated by the gun owners themselves.
If we do not police our own, politicians will do it for us! And I’ve personally had enough of statists treating me like a child.
So, my fellow liberty lovers, it’s time to redouble our efforts. And I suggest we start by not tolerating “condition-based” gun handling under any circumstance.
I’ve noticed that the ‘4-Rules of Gun Safety’ don’t apply in these magical places called Gun Shops and Gun Shows. Muzzling each other is perfectly fine because “it’s not loaded.” Well, where do we think most new gun owners learn how to handle guns? How do we think these poor habits are perpetuated?
When searching for the root cause, we need not look any further than our own!
The example is ours to set.
“All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue.” -Franz Kafka