I spent a lot of time at the range this weekend! Â Between courses and competition I got a lot of rounds down range and had a great weekend! Â I do have to say that I am amazed at some of the things I see when I go shooting. Â This weekend I witnessed TWO ND’s! Â Thank goodness no one was hurt in either situation. Â I wasn’t involved in either situation at all, I was just one of the lucky ones that didn’t get shot.
When I teach I tend to teach a hybrid of the NRA Gun Safety Rules.
1. Â Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
2. Â Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
No matter which firearm safety rule set you subscribe to, Cooper’s 4 rules, or NRA’s 3 rules, there is overlap in the rules to help prevent injury should any rule be broken alone. Â This is a good thing. Â If I break rule 1 but follow rule 2 every one should be ok. Â Same goes for the other way around.
I guess what I don’t get is why do people have such a hard timeÂ followingÂ both rules? Â Is it that hard to keep your finger off of the trigger? Â It better not be. Â For a gun to fire a very specific set of events must occur and that typically begins with a finger being placed on and then activating the trigger. Â If you don’t put your finger on the trigger it is pretty unlikely that the gun is going to fire. Â They don’t just go off.
If we are going to use firearms we must accept responsibility for the safe use and handling of the tools we employ. Â If we aren’t willing to do that, we should hang it up. Â I was pleased to see one of the individuals accept full responsibility for his error. Â MyÂ guessÂ is that he will learn from it. Â The second shooter was a litany of excuses. Â For him, another ND and possibly a serious accident is right around the corner. Â How bout you?
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