Sunday, January 20, 2013

You can't outlaw stupidity

By Donald Sensing

Although you wish you could: 5 shot at Ohio, Indiana, N.C. gun shows.

North Carolina - man brings his 12-gauge shotgun to the gun show loaded, accidentally discharging it while taking it out of the case. Birdshot (fortunately not buck) hits three persons. Officially ruled an accident, but charges may yet be filed.

Ohio - man buys a Taurus 9mm semiauto pistol at a gun show. After buying it, while handling it, the purchaser accidentally fires one round, striking his business partner in the arm and the thigh. "This is despite the policy of searches to make sure all guns are not loaded and rendered safe before others can handle them."

Indiana -

... a man walking out of the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show shot himself in the hand as he was loading his .45-caliber semi-automatic firearm, Indiana State Police said in a statement. 
The 54-year-old Indianapolis man was sent to Wishard Hospital for treatment after being "slightly" injured. 
"The investigation determined the shooting to be accidental, and no charges will be filed," police said.
This just frosts my rump. People, there is no such thing as "accidentally" firing a gun. Modern guns will not fire unless the chamber has a live round in it, the safeties (usually there is more than one safety) are off and you pill the trigger.

You cannot make all that happen by accident.

The split second your fingertip touches a gun you are picking up, the safety of that gun becomes your problem, and yours alone. It does not matter whether someone told you he unloaded it. It does not matter whether you "thought it was safe." Absolutely nothing about the history of that gun back to its manufacture matters in the slightest because when you start to pick it, it becomes 100 percent your problem.

Rule Number One: Every time you handle a firearm, the very first thing you do is make sure it is safed. Every time, no exceptions. I do this with every gun I own, every time, even though I know they've been locked in my gun safe since the last time I used them. (Of course, if you are actively using the gun, then you know it's loaded because you personally loaded it.)

To stay alive, you have to be careful every time. To die ("accidentally," as if that matters) you need be careless only once.

I personally think that all three of these men should be charged with reckless endangerment or whatever the respective state laws may call it. We who support Second Amendment rights need also to be clear: with those rights do indeed come responsibilities because such negligence has potentially lethal consequences. What they did was inexcusable and should be treated as such.

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