Originally Posted by texaswoodworker
What makes you say that? I'd say carrying a gun is something to take seriously.
Because you are all engaging (comically seriously if I might add) in the late 20th-early 21st century equivalent of the late 19th-early 20th century argument that told cowboys not to load 6 rounds in their Colt SAAs.
Those of you familiar with the practice repeat after me... "Load one, skip one, load four, cock, and then lower the hammer."
I can just see some such gun-wielders tapping away at their telegraph machines... "If you're only going to load five, you might as well not be carrying at all. What happens if you come up against 6 Indians? Why, the seconds required to manipulate the loading gate and reload would prove catastrophic..."
In the end some chose to be safe by following the practice of loading only 5 in their 6-shooters. Such individuals never experienced an AD - at least not as a result of having loaded too many rounds in their gun. Did any of them actually ever encounter those 6 Indians? I don't know. No one does really because if they did, they were quickly rendered too dead to later tell the story.
Some insisted that they were in-and-of-themselves all the safety the gun required and loaded up all six chambers. Of these many never had an AD and lived their lives thinking themselves very clever. Others had the misfortune of learning first hand why the safety slogan was offered and had to suffer the oft-times serious consequences if their choice.
The point is, none of that yacking over the telegraph machine ;-) ever convinced a single one of them to do things any different than they had first envisioned for themselves. It was all just a lot of hot air. And so it is again today.