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Rule three

Keep your booger-hook off the bang-switch. The press calls it a misfire. Sounds to me like it fired OK.

8 Responses to “Rule three”

  1. Jake Says:

    Actually, it looks more like Rule 1 and Rule 3 violations – he actually meant to pull the trigger to decock it.

    The unidentified 52-year-old man was checking in six handguns Sunday afternoon at the front counter of Bass Pro Shop when he realized the hammer on one of the guns was cocked, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller told the Los Angeles Times. The magazine had been removed from the gun and, thinking the gun was unloaded, the man pulled the trigger to release the hammer.

    But there was still a round in the gun and it fired, the bullet creasing the buttocks of woman shopper.[emphasis mine]

    He failed to verify that it wasn’t loaded, and he obviously wasn’t pointing it in a safe direction.

    And here’s another problem.

    Authorities were treating the incident as an accident and said charges were unlikely.

    This doesn’t even come close to “accidental”, it was pure negligence, and he’s just lucky no one was killed or even seriously injured. Charging him with something (say, misdemeanor endangerment, if CA has a charge like that) would be fully justified. If you treat gross negligence as a mere accident, you fail to discourage the same mistakes that caused the incident in the first place.

  2. Captn Marvel Says:

    All I could think was Forrest Gump: “Buttocks”

  3. julie Says:

    he’s an IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Tango Says:

    1) Treat every weapon as if it were loaded.
    2) Never point your weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot.

    3 is a gimme because you can’t decock it without the trigger.

  5. John R Woodson Says:

    That is so funny, I can’t comment !!!

  6. Weer'd Beard Says:

    Yep, dumb shit couldn’t be bothered to rack the slide and check clear?

    He might not have violated rule 2, I wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t a ricochet hit from a round bouncing off the concrete slab floor of the store.

    I’m glad the antis are generally idiots, otherwise they’ll somehow claim that magazine disconnects save lives, when its just the opposite.

  7. Jake Says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t a ricochet hit from a round bouncing off the concrete slab floor of the store.

    I’ll concede that it may have been pointed in the safest direction, but it certainly wasn’t safe. He still violated 2 of the 4 Rules, which is what you have to do to hurt someone – just violating 1 Rule won’t do it.

    As Tango pointed out, pulling the trigger was a “gimme” because you can’t decock it without doing that. But if you have to violate one Rule, you must make absolutely certain that you don’t violate the others. He did. He assumed it was unloaded just because he pulled the magazine, rather than verifying it was unloaded. Then, rather than asking to take it to the firing line or a clearing bucket to decock it, he either didn’t pay attention to where he was pointing it, or pointed it at a surface that could generate a ricochet when he pulled the trigger. Massive FAIL ensued, predictably.

  8. Bram Says:

    A misfire is when you pill the trigger and the gun doesn’t go “bang.”