Man shoots himself dead explaining gun safety: Not how you do it
Posted Feb 25th 2014 | By:
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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