Man shoots himself dead explaining gun safety: Not how you do it

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A Michigan man is dead this week after he accidentally shot himself with his own gun while trying to instruct his girlfriend in proper gun safety.

According to CBS Detroit, "The victim's live-in girlfriend told deputies that her 36-year-old boyfriend had been demonstrating the safety of his three handguns by holding them to his head and pulling the trigger.

The third gun fired and he was struck in the head.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not immediately released."

Three young children, not related to the victim, were in the house at the time but thankfully did not witness the shooting. Sherriff's officials investigating the incident say that alcohol use may have contributed to the accident.

Now let's talk about this.

First off, with no disrespect to the late Michigan man, shooting yourself is not gun safety.

This, as in most gun accidents, could have been prevented by following a few simple gun safety rules. These are cardinal rules, which should be committed to memory and not broken or forgotten.

1. Every gun is always loaded. This means that even if you have checked a gun, double-checked it, and then checked it again and just *know* its empty* you still out of an abundance of caution, treat it as if it's loaded. Further, you should never fool around with firearms while drinking as it can impair your judgment. This leads us to...

2. Never put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire. This means that every gun, no matter the make, model, or caliber, has a giant safety feature and that is in your trigger finger. If there is no pressure applied to the trigger, the odds of the gun deciding it wants to go off suddenly is slim. You only put that finger on the trigger when you are...


3. (Be) Sure of your target and what is beyond it. Simply put, this is making sure that the gun is pointed in a safe direction at all times. Commonly called "muzzle control", it means you keep the end of the gun that the bullet or shot comes out of pointed in the safest place possible at all times (because a gun is always loaded right?). It's only when you are sure of what you are pointed at and make a conscious decision that you want to destroy it, that you put your finger on the trigger and fire.

All three of these rules are made to save lives and practice positive gun safety. If any of these three had been used properly in Michigan, a man would still be alive and a household would not be traumatized for decades to come.

They always say that you can learn from a mistake.

Sometimes you don't get a second chance to play by the rules.

Be safe out there, and always practice proper gun safety.

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February 25, 2014  •  08:17 PM
What could shooting yourself with an 'unloaded' gun possibly teach anyone about safety, this was just plain dumb no matter how you look at it.
February 26, 2014  •  06:36 AM
The only good news in the whole story.

"Three young children, not related to the victim, were in the house at the time but thankfully did not witness the shooting."
February 26, 2014  •  09:30 AM
Deja Vu... I kept checking the published date and even Googled the story to double check, because this same story seems to come up almost every year around this time. The facts are always the same. Michigan man teaching girlfriend about gun safety, three children in the home.

Am I the only one that has seen this before?
March 1, 2014  •  12:49 PM
@mcdudley, great avatar. Just had to say that and the article needs to be repeated as many times as it takes to get the point across, as I'm sure you agree. When I read over and over again such articles, it does make me sick for a number of reasons. The needless loss of life, the ammo it gives the anti-gun fanatics, and the tragic effect on all those that loved the deceased. Yes, I do see this article or ones just like it all to often but it can never be said enough, that the biggest safety item we all own is between our own ears.
March 1, 2014  •  08:09 PM
@sputnik1988 lol. atleast the gf knows not to point a gun at your head and pull the triggerno matter what