Anyone who’s thrown stuff or hollered while watching a ham-fisted action movie because the uneducated Hollywood douchebags onscreen are waving firearms around like toys … will enjoy forwarding this to their anti-gun (or unnecessarily-scared-of-gun) friends.
If you grew up around guns, you likely grew up around guns with a really really strict set of rules for handling them. Which was hardly ever. Guns were, and still are, more for “having,” just in case someone breaks in during a hurricane blackout, or it’s deer season, or crooked cops come for your moonshine still.
Just kidding, now with Der Homeland all up in our Constitution, you can be put on a list for just for having guns. As an American, you’re supposed to want one in case they ever tell you you can’t have one. Seriously, that’s what the Second Amendment’s all about. (Update 2014: Not the right to Stand Your Ground, which is BULLSHIT, Florida.)
Everyone knows all this in gun culture; outside of it, those who practice Second Amendmentry for hunting or sharpshooting pleasure are believed to be bloodthirsty psychopaths, not sovereign individuals who prefer to cut their own steak with their own knife instead of leaning on someone else or waiting for a government agency to do it for them.
Dependency creates dependence, duh. Walk softly and carry a big stick; don’t whine for help, unarmed and unready to be of help. That’s how this Dixie gal was raised, tough and strong, and not afraid, because preparedness. We never even fired a gun until our mid-20s, and we’ll never not think it’s fun to shoot at targets again.
Anyhoo, enough editorializing:
The Four Rules of Gun Safety. Memorize them … or suffer the consequences.
1. ALL GUNS ARE LOADED. ALWAYS.
This HAS TO be your mindset when handling bangstix. When someone hands you a gun and tells you it’s not loaded, politely check it anyway. Negligence can be fatal.
2. NEVER COVER ANYTHING WITH THE MUZZLE YOU DO NOT INTEND TO DESTROY.
If you’re not willing to take a human life, never point a gun at a person, whether you think it’s loaded or not. Never point a gun in the direction of your extremities, put it in your pants, gesticulate with it in your hand while at the range, or jokingly take aim at someone’s pet. A gun sitting at rest is safe; a gun in someone’s hands is capable of being discharged.
3. NEVER PUT YOUR FINGER ON THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY READY TO FIRE.
Rule Three is the reason most people shoot themselves or people who didn’t ask to be shot. Getting all gangster, all Scully and Mulder, like they see on TV. One of our pet peeves in life: Some arrogant and/or dumbass character on TV or in a movie wielding a gun with their finger on the trigger.
Walking around like the death-bringing object in their hand is a toy … making out with a love interest while pointing a .38 Special at their head, finger ready to go … Hollywood gun fun gets us flinchier than a horror movie.
In real life, guns make people jumpy (duh), so pleaase, for the love of Miami Vice, hold your itchy finger straight against the side of the gun, directly above the trigger, until your sights are on the target and you are ready to fire.
4. BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET.
Be aware of your surroundings. Never assume anything. Know what it is you are about to destroy, what’s around it, and what’s behind it. Never shoot at anything you haven’t positively identified, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, PUT THE GUN DOWN AND WALK AWAY.
And remember: You can’t beat a woman who shoots.
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