I’ve posted this in the past but feel it’s something we should always review from time to time. -Bryan
By Jeffery Denning
Unfortunately, we’ve witnessed some pretty chilling headlines lately when it comes to gun safety. Here are some examples I’ve seen in the news or that I have known about personally over the last several weeks:
- Sheriff accidently shoots his wife while in bed.
- Grandma accidently shoots self in the stomach before grandchildren arrive.
- Two-year-old reaches into mom’s concealed handgun purse, accidently kills her.
- Man attempting to put his handgun in safe, accidently shoots, kills himself. Bullet severs femoral artery.
- Hunter hospitalized after teenage boy shoots him with a shotgun.
- Community leader shot and killed by friend and fellow hunter who slipped in the mud.
- Two-year-old dies after being shot in stomach by three-year-old sister.
These stories, some of which I’d classify as accidents and some I’d consider negligence, are absolutely tragic. With the New Year it brings a healthy reminder to reexamine and reconsider where we stand personally pertaining to our own safety measures.
Common sense would tell you not to sleep with a firearm. And, it makes sense to not allow children to have access to guns either. But no one thinks accidents will happen to them. In short, it’s important to remember to be safe, and being safe entails taking a long, hard look at yourself. Check your attitude and examine your habits.
Finally, remember the four critical firearms safety rules.
- Treat all guns as if always loaded.
- Never point at anyone or anything you do not wish to kill or destroy.
- Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you’re ready to fire.
- Be sure and positive of your target, surroundings, backstop and beyond.
Until next time, continue to hone your skills and keep adding to your tactical toolbox. And more than anything, be safe!
Jeffrey Denning is a author and accomplished firearms instructor. Follow him on his blog here.