Is there anyone who doesn’t know that handling firearms while intoxicated has a high probability of not ending well? Yet people drink and decide it’s a good idea to start “playing” with a firearm.
A firearm is a machine designed to kill. But accidental discharges of firearms and other gun accidents can be prevented.
4 Simple Rules of Gun Safety:
- All guns are always loaded.
- Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
- Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
By the way, one of the most common cause of accidental discharges with a semi-automatic pistol, is a round left in the chamber. Many of the newer model pistols (like the Ruger SR series) have a magazine disconnect, so the gun can’t be fired with the magazine removed, even when there is a live round in the chamber.
When unloading a pistol, the first thing you do is DROP the Magazine. Next you MUST clear the chamber by racking back the slide. Inspect the chamber at least twice to make sure the magazine has been removed and the chamber is empty, following the 4 rules of gun safety at all times.
Most accidental discharges of a pistol occur when the handler thoughtlessly, racks back the slide to clear a pistol, THEN drops the magazine and pulls the trigger.
In fact, this will clear the weapon. And if you are following the 4 rules of gun safety, nobody is going to get shot. But you are going to hear a loud bang when you pull that trigger. Instead of harmless ejecting the live round from the chamber, you will fire the bullet that you just chambered, out of the barrel. Even if you point the barrel in a safe direction, I don’t recommend this method for unloading your pistol.
You MUST ALWAYS observe the 4 rules of firearms safety. It doesn’t matter how long you have owned guns, or how much training and experience you have. You can never take off a millisecond when handling a firearm. Don’t touch a gun, if you are not capable of conscientiously following the 4 rules of firearms safety.
You don’t want to experience a tragedy like this:
A 20-year-old woman was killed Sunday morning at a Redmond, Oregon house. She was struck by a stray bullet fired from another room.
The man suspected of firing the handgun, Cornelius De Jong IV, 21, of Redmond, was charged Monday in King County Superior Court with first-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Claire Thompson.
According to charging documents, Redmond police were called to a house around 3:30 a.m. for a report of a shooting. Charging papers say the man who called for help told a dispatcher, “my best friend shot a girl in the house.”
When police arrived at the home, they found a young woman suffering from a gunshot wound to her neck. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle by helicopter. She died later that day.
The man who called for help told officers that De Jong had brought a .40-caliber handgun to the party. Police said De Jong has a concealed-weapons permit.
Witnesses said De Jong had placed the gun in a safe at the house because he had planned to drink at the party, charging papers say. De Jong later removed the handgun from the safe when someone asked to see it.
Several people handled the weapon before it was placed under a mattress for safekeeping, charging papers say.
At some point, De Jong went into the room to retrieve the gun from beneath the mattress. The magazine was removed from the weapon and De Jong pointed the handgun at the wall and pulled the trigger to show the firearm was empty, the charging papers say.
“Unbeknown to him there was still a live round in the chamber of the firearm, and pulling the trigger had the effect of firing the projectile through a nearby wall,” police wrote in their report.
The bullet struck the woman in the next room.
De Jong has been ordered held at the King County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bail. Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kristin Richardson said that he has prior convictions for drunken driving and being a minor in possession of alcohol.
Respect your firearm. Know how to use it. Practice with it. Become proficient with it. It CAN save lives but
ALWAYS FOLLOW THE 4 RULES of FIREARM SAFETY
Here’s why you ALWAYS drop the magazine BEFORE you pull back the slide to clear a pistol