Firearms safety is the responsibility of every user of firearms. If you can’t follow them, all the time, then don’t carry one. This is a reminder of what happens when you disregard them!
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What does this video teach us about firearms safety?
- The number one reason for negligent discharge with a firearm is complacency with the Rules of Firearms Safety. When your firearm stops being something you respect as dangerous, you can easily get complacent with treating it as a deadly force multiplier, and that complacency in handling leads to negligent discharges. The correction to that is to always remember that it’s a dangerous tool, and to treat it with respect! (I see the same kind of thing with driving and motorcycle riding; once you forget it’s a dangerous tool, bad things are coming)
- Administrative firearm handling is dangerous. If you don’t NEED to be handling your firearm, DON’T. When the gun is not properly stored, holstered, or slung but is rather in your hands, it is a dangerous time. Recognize that whenever you handle your firearm in an administrative task (holstering in the morning, loading, unloading and showing clear on the range, inspection, unloading for dry fire work, etc.) that you’re doing something very dangerous and practice the rules of safe firearms handling religiously!
- The first rule of firearms safety is to always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction. ALWAYS keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction! A safe direction is one that is never pointed at someone who is not a deadly threat to you or others, and will minimize property damage if the firearm were to have a negligent discharge. If you follow this first rule, even if you somehow discharge the firearm, no one will be hurt and that’s the biggest goal.
- The second rule of firearms safety is to keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire! I like to bolster that rule by framing it as “keep your fingers completely out of the trigger guard until you’ve decided to fire.” Had this guard not been stupid enough to put his finger on the trigger, his friend wouldn’t have been shot.
- First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum: http://amzn.to/1Or4yVz ) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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