When I was a patrol officer at the first department I worked at, our Lietenant shot himself in the leg at the range one day. He was also our firearms instructor. The chief, knowing my background in firearms training, called me in the office and asked my opinion of the matter. Then, he advised that the Lieutenant had claimed the pistol – a Llama .22 LR – was defective and went off accidentally.
I repsonded that I had never seen ANY gun just go off aside from machine guns that cooked off rounds because they were so hot. I also told the chief that it really did not matter why the gun went off because the lieutenant had violated the ONLY really important rule of gun safety: Don’t point guns at things you do not want to shoot, maim, kill or ventilate.
A few months later I was appointed as the department’s firearms instructor – Either because of my wit or experience. They never said.
But the point remains, you should not point guns at people. I know there are, depending on who you ask, between four and ten rules of gun safety. All you really need to remember is to not point guns at things you do not want to shoot, maim, kill or ventilate. Follow this rule the rest of your life and you can break all the other safety rules and still sleep at night.
OK, I’ll shut up and leave you with two things: One, I have never experienced a Remington 700 trigger that would allow the gun to go off at any time other than when it was pulled.
Second: Dave Petzal explains the entire CNBC fiasco much better than I could. Click HERE to read it.