Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Stupidity will not get you invited to Christmas dinner

Glancing this morning at The Free Lance Star, I noticed this post about two genuine idiots and one curious kid.
In the first shooting, which happened about 5:30 p.m., a father was explaining to his son the importance of not handling a loaded weapon, said 1st Sgt. Liz Scott of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office, when he accidentally fired the gun.
Well, at least the gun didn't do it by "discharging," as what seems to happen when cops negligently shoot someone.

I'll let you read the other one on your own. Bottom line is that there are four safety rules for handling firearms:
1)Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
2)Never point a gun at anything you don't intend to shoot.
3)Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you're ready to fire.
4)Know your target and what is beyond it.

- and two of these simple rules have to be broken at the exact same moment for someone to get hurt or killed. The dad failed this simple lesson, and his son paid the price. Darwinism only works on the idiot(s), and unfortunately a curious kid that tried to do the right thing got hurt.

The other kid should have been taught these simple rules if he were to be left in the house alone with firearms. Maybe a little more instruction on what constitutes a threat would have been nice too, so he doesn't end up going for daddy's pistol because he heard the big bad wind blow outside.

Fortunately, all three are going to be OK.
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