I totally agree that everyone needs schooling in firearms! Schools purpose is to teach children skills to operate in this world. Weapons are something in this world.
Now me, I have guns in my room. I have a rifle in the closet hidden in the corner.
Now, I also have a cap and ball revolver that I keep in the drawer of my night stand. It is ALWAYS kept unloaded... because that is how I have been taught. Only load a gun if you intend on shooting it right then and there.
Anyways, I had it out one day cleaning it and my brother friend was over. He asked if he could see. I said, "sure". I wiped the little bit of rem oil that was on it off, checked the cylinder for balls and caps before putting it into the gun, checked it again for caps after I had placed cylinder inside of the frame and then handed him the handle. I told him right then and there not to point it at anybody and to not dry fire it. He looked at it, cocked it (I helped him not to dry fire it) and handed it back to me. I finished cleaning it up, put it in my holster and stuck it in my drawer. Later that night I left the room with my little brother (14) and his friend in there. My bro's friend decided it was a good idea to get my revolver out. I walked in as soon as he coked it and pointed it at my brother!
We both had a fit on him. I removed the gun from him and told him that if he ever touched it again without my permission I was going to give him a world of pain. My brother also went to disarm him.
Lets just say, we were both thoroughly pissed at him.
I know he didn't check to see if it was loaded!
I found another hiding place for it. Right now I don't have a safe, so all I can do is put it some where out of site and not let people know where it is.
Perfect example right here. If I was as stupid as he was I might have kept the thing loaded all of the time. Which means he could have killed my little brother!
Father and I schooled him a little bit on firearms that night.
Anyone else have a story were stupidity with guns could have cost someone their life?