Sunday, January 25, 2009

Gun Safety

Today, while I was trying to explain that the most important safety is between your ears, a nearby woman exclaimed that she didn't want to hear any of that crap, because she'd had a husband who shot himself in the hand, and he knew about guns. It took 9 surgeries to get his hand fixed, and no matter how safe you are, you need as many safeties as you can get.

I held my tongue, though I wanted to ask her whether he pulled the trigger with the muzzle pointed toward something he wasn't willing to destroy. I knew the answer, of course, and she would not have been pleased to provide it.

How many safety devices would it take to keep that gun from going off? Just one--keeping the finger off the trigger. No grip safety, trigger safety, or manual safety work to prevent misuse.

Sure, buy a gun with several safeties. It won't hurt anything, and you might just feel better. Or buy one without so many extras. It'll work, too. Just remember to point it safely, keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to fire, etc.


theotherryan said...

Safeties are fine and good if you want one; they are in fact not a substitute for training and common sense. I only own one pistol that has a physically accessible safety.

Hammer said...

Gah I hate folks that blame inanimate objects for their own stupidity.

You'd think the lady would have learned something.

Anonymous said...

What an idoit. Sorry, but I am with you on this one. Your brain and the ability to think is your best safety.

For if you cannot think, all the safeties will do little good.