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The Four Rules

May 22, 2009

The Four Rules:

1. Treat all firearms as though they were loaded
2. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction
3. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until the weapon is pointed at the target and you are ready to fire
4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

Tucson, AZ, May 17, 2009:

A 26-year-old Phoenix man accidentally killed himself early Sunday morning while explaining gun safety to two Sierra Vista residents. Samuel Benally Jr. was at an apartment on West Tacoma Street when he said people should keep their guns unloaded because someone could point it at their heads, said Sierra Vista police Sgt. Brett Mitchell. Benally then demonstrated by putting his own .9 mm Rueger, which he believed to be unloaded, to his head and firing it, Mitchell said.

What can we learn from this?

1. “But it’s not loaded” is not an excuse.
2. Choose your handgun instructor wisely. Those who cannot exemplify gun safety cannot teach it.
3. A “.9 mm Rueger” ???¬†Journalists know very little about guns.

Hattip to Xavier.

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