People today are so afraid of guns killing people, which is kind of insane, considering that guns are not capable of independent activities. With so many people in fear for their lives, it still seems imperative that there are some ground rules laid out to help ensure that your gun doesn’t randomly decide to kill someone. Here are 5 steps you can take to ensure your gun never causes any unintentional harm.
1. Always Assume Every Gun is Loaded
It doesn’t matter whether you know what you are doing with a gun or not, the first step to handling any firearm is thinking that it is always loaded. This means a simple squeeze of the trigger with fire a projectile at extraordinarily high velocities towards whatever the barrel is pointed it. When you figure that every gun is loaded, it should help ensure that you handle it will care, while avoiding any accidental shootings. As part of that care, you might want to consider step 2.
2. Don’t Point It at Anything You Don’t Want to Shoot
Did you know a gun can only be used to kill something that is directly in line with the barrel? Yes, it may be hard to believe, but it is true. So, if you avoid pointing your gun at something you don’t intend to kill, you can avoid any chance of injury in this fashion. When you consider this, you always wonder if the person handling the gun might be the one doing the killing. Speaking of which…
3. Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until You Are On Target & Ready To Shoot
Another really nifty thing about guns is that they cannot be fired without actually squeezing the trigger. Oh, and triggers can’t just magically squeeze themselves. So, really the person has to be very accident prone while disobeying steps 1 and 2 or they have to be willfully looking to hurt someone. Maybe the gun really isn’t to blame…?
4. Always Identify Your Target and Whatever Is Behind It
Good job! You obeyed the first three steps just fine, but here is where things can often get dicey: don’t shoot something if you don’t know what you’re shooting at! Just because you hear movement in the night doesn’t mean you should be pointing that barrel and squeezing that trigger. Instead, identify your target first and this way your gun won’t have the chance to kill anyone; at least not unless you choose to maim that person.
5. Keep the Gun Unloaded and Safely Stored When Not At A Range
This final step is pretty simple right? If you own a gun, keep it unloaded and lock it up when you are not using it. Unless it figures out how to pick escape, it shouldn’t be able to hurt anyone from there.
Hooray! Your Gun Won’t Kill Anyone
If you follow these 5 simple steps, you will never have to worry about your gun killing anyone. Because, in the end, the gun isn’t the one doing the killing anyways: the person is.
Do you have any more gun safety tips? Tell us in the comments!