Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Essay: Please Don't Characterize Negative Firearm Incidents As Accidents
If you are human, it is hard to not feel empathy for someone who failed to exercise due caution when handling or operating a firearm. Whenever you hear about one of these unfortunate incidents, it is hard not to think in the back of your mind, "That could have been me." You see, it only takes one time to fail to follow at least one fundamental firearm safety rule for something bad to happen.
It does not matter how long you have been a gun owner. It does not matter if you have military combat experience. It does not matter if you are a veteran police officer. It does not matter if you are a highly credentialed Firearms Instructor. At the end of the day, a firearm is a reliable and unforgiving tool.
Firearms are designed to discharge a bullet in the line of sight of the muzzle when the trigger is pulled. If it failed to do that, it would be unreliable and unsafe to use. As such, not only do you need to know the simple and easy to implement fundamental firearm safety rules but you must follow them every single time that you handle a firearm.
Firearm ownership is a grave responsibility. Give them the reverence and the respect that they deserve. Firearm safety is not rocket science, which is why a small percentage of people allow themselves to become lax in their firearm handling and operating practices. When people become lax, bad things happen. The real issues are ego, over-confidence, arrogance, and negligence.
Firearms, when used, carried, and operated by conscientious and responsible users, are safe. Ultimately, negative-outcome firearm incidents boil down to operator error. However, do us all a favor: Don't call them accidents. And yeah, it can happen to you if you don't take your responsibility as a firearm owner seriously each and every single time you handle a gun.
About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.
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