Friday, February 14, 2014

That's why there are FOUR rules instead of ONE.

Via TamToddG. has a post up about the accidental discharge of a Glock firearm by a federal officer in New Jersey.  Apparently the hue and cry is immense and widespread.  While I'm sure that some of the schadenfreude is because the anti-gunners seem to feel that a badge=training=better than the rest of us (which we all know is not true and this incident proves it), my first thought was this:

This is why there are 4 Rules, not 1.  If there was only 1 Rule, it would read like:
  1. Don't fuck up and shoot yourself or someone/thing else by accident, m'kay.
The reason that there are Four Rules is because people are human.  There are a million insurance commercials illustrating the fact.  The Four Rules are designed so that even if people are being human and thus fallible, then no one else is injured by their actions.
  1. All guns are always loaded.
  2. Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target (and you have made the decision to shoot).
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
While I do think that this case amply shows that a badge does not magically grant competence in firearms handling, there are plenty of experienced firearms folks out there who have had something similar happen.  Maybe the difference is that we're willing to admit it, learn from it, and acknowledge our human-ness, whereas a growing portion of the folks with badges will not, and do not, do react similarly--they either try to cover it up or, as many anti-gunners do, blame the inanimate object for their mistake.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Well said, and on the money!