Seems to me that owning a handgun is a huge responsibility and not to be taken lightly. When purchasing a firearm I want to know everything I can about that firearm.
When keeping a handgun stored it's my responsibility to know if it is loaded or unloaded and where it is at all times. It is also my responsibility to keep it clean and in working order. There's lots of responsibility here, but here's some examples of people I know personally who do not subscribe to my way of thinking. I'm trying to educate them the best I can without sounding like a know-it-all or telling them how to live their own lives.
Person A has one handgun for "home defense and personal use". It is a .40S&W Springfield XD. Person A has shot the firearm on one occasion since getting it last year. Person A also has a concealed handgun license. Person A knows the XD is at home and believes it's loaded with the magazine removed,but not sure. Person A also is not sure if it is in the top of the closet or under the mattress. Person A has not touched the XD in many moons. Person A has small children.
Person B decided on a 1911 Taurus .45acp stainless last year. Person B has no idea how to break it down and clean it. I cleaned it for him and told him where to get the information on how to break it down and clean it. Person B took it to the range several times and asked me to clean it once again. Person B ended up with about 800rds more through it before it was cleaned,by me, again...yuck!
B also decides he needs a 9mm and asks for my advice on which one he should get. I give him several suggestions based on his criteria. Person B calls me today and asks, "can I shoot 38 special through a 38 super? Are they the same? I bought a Taurus 1911 38 super today, but Walmart says they don't carry it." DOUBLE
Person C has an EAA Witness .45. Person C buys .45LC to shoot through it, but soon finds a problem when loading it. Person C asks me to help and I inform him of his tragic error and try to explain a few things to him.
Now, I am in no way a super firearms buff, but good grief man!!!!! What the heck is wrong with people? I know these guys pretty well and they consider me the, "karate and gun guy" and ask for help on certain things. They always ask too late and rarely listen or heed my advice.
These are not idiots or bad guys by my standards, but they seem to have little respect for owning a handgun.
Any words of wisdom I should pass along to help them think differently.??