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Stop touching it

Some churchgoer in Tennessee decided, in a discussion about arming parishioners, to whip out his gun and show it to everyone. Then he shot himself and his wife. This line, though:

He removed the magazine, cleared the chamber, and showed the gun to some of the men in the church. He put the magazine back in, apparently loaded a round in the chamber, and returned the gun to its holster, Parks said.

“Somebody else walked up and said, ‘Can I see it?’ ” Parks said. “He pulled it back out and said, ‘With this loaded indicator, I can tell that its not loaded.’ “

Oh, really?

10 Responses to “Stop touching it”

  1. Lyle Says:


    That would fall under “situational awareness” I reckon, to say nothing of the Three Rules. That, and; “But for the grace of God go I”.

  2. mikee Says:

    And THAT is the difference between a gun one carries every day without thinking about it enough, and the gun one carries to a church social after careful selection from one’s collection.

  3. Publius Says:

    I’m not a fan of loaded chamber indicators. I think they encourage stupidity. All guns are always loaded. Period.

    For those who do like them, I say this: it’s like the safety: Use it, but never rely on it (i.e., never let it be the only thing that keeps you from having a bad day).

  4. Ron W Says:

    @Publius, yep. It’s like vehicles these days, too much gadgetry and too many features. Keep it simple with manual control. Re-check and double check.

  5. Huck Says:

    “Re-check and double check.”

    Better yet, keep it in the holster. It aint something that one whips out for show and tell.

  6. Ron W Says:

    @Huck, yeah, that too! Never know when some busybody bystander may call LEO’s and accuse you of “brandishing a weapon”.

  7. majmike Says:

    Dumbass. Over-confidence and a lack of attention to detail will get people killed or injured. Every time I’ve had a negligent discharge, I’ve failed to follow procedure or was overly confident.

  8. Matt D Says:

    LCIs are useful for “did I remember to load this”, but never for “did I forget to unload this.”

  9. Deaf Smith Says:

    As Jeff Cooper said, “A safe gun is a holstered gun.”

    Don’t go showing your CCW gun around.

  10. grendel Says:

    A pox on all loaded chamber indicators.

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