It is time again for me to harp on the four rules. I think that we as enthusiasts should constantly harp on the four rules.
1. Always treat every gun as if it is always loaded. Never assume that it is not.
2. Never point a gun at anything that you are not willing to destroy – i. e., part of your body, a family member, your cat, Grandma’s antique vase, the counter at the gun shop, etc.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until your target is in your sights and you are ready to shoot.
4. Always identify your target and know what lies beyond it. Bullets don’t magically disappear when you miss or penetrate your target and you must know what they will hit.
When these rules are followed, it is impossible for firearms accidents to occur. I would challenge both of my readers to disprove that statement. I can’t think of another activity in which one can follow so few simple guidelines and completely eliminate the possibility for an accident. Can either of you?
With that, let us all enjoy the safest pastime together, and let us educate those that don’t know any better.