If you see something ignorant, say something. I know that saying something isn’t easy, and it’s often unpleasant. The problem is that: Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. (Pr. 18.2) So if you say something, you’re more than likely to either have to listen to (and argue with) an idiot, or you’re even more likely to have your parentage questioned. Neither of which is fun.
But, if it’s a matter of life and death, we MUST speak out and speak loudly!
Look at this picture…
This picture appeared on the “Human Events” blog of January 16, 2013. Probably taken at a gun show, the photographer should have encouraged the pistolero to GET HIS FINGER OFF OF THE DAMN TRIGGER. It appears that the Glock pictured has no magazine inserted in the magazine well (not “clips”- magazines); but the slide is NOT locked open, and a round might be chambered.
Rule #1. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
Then look at the muzzle of the handgun. While we have no way of knowing, it’s entirely possible that it is sweeping other gun show customers.
Rule #2. Keep the muzzle of a firearm pointed in a safe direction. (A safe direction can change, but most of the time, up or down is safest.)
Finally, look at the nail-chewed index finger of the patron.
Rule #3. Keep your finger off of the trigger until you’re ready to fire.
Three strikes and you’re out!
In November of last year, I went into a local gun store to buy a pre-Obama-election-win firearm. I had been looking at the Smith & Wesson SD9VE. I own a S&W and love it, and this handgun would add to the collection. At the store, the counter-guy handed me the firearm and suggested that I press the trigger. He said that the trigger pull was at least 10 lbs, and I would hate it. I hesitated. The shop was busy. The counter-guy continued to urge me to press the trigger. I triple-checked the handgun for a possible loaded condition. Then I checked again. Nervously, I tried to find a direction to point it. I finally chose the back of a wooden case behind the counter. Click. Gratefully it WAS empty; and the trigger pull was at least 10 lbs. He was right, I would have hated it. I purchased another firearm before leaving.
NO ONE around me seemed to notice that I was pointing that handgun behind the counter, and that I was ready to press the trigger. I didn’t like the situation one little bit.
Here’s the word. Firearms don’t kill people – even accidentally, people kill (or seriously harm) people – sometimes accidentally. And it often happens with an unloaded gun. Once more:
1. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.
2. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
3. Keep your finger off of the trigger until you’re ready to fire.