Gun Safety – A Reminder About Negligent Discharge
July 21, 2014
I know. I take off without so much as a word for a week, and then come back with something this random on a Monday, no less. Blame it on the day job. Or just blame it on laziness. Matters not.
I’ve been a little short on simple content lately, and not provided with a lot of time or motivation for deep dives into any topic that requires research (or verification), so I was bouncing around social networks and YouTube hoping for something that would just feed right into the page. Absolute relevance is never a requirement at the Hog Blog, but I do try to maintain a modicum of peripheral connection to topics related to hunting. So I found the following video:
Now before anyone jumps in with the kneejerk, banal comments about stupidity or Darwin Awards, I want to ask you to hold your water. That’s not why I shared this. I just want you to watch this video, especially starting at about 00:26, and give it some thought.
As “Tex” says in the video, negligent discharges happen. It has happened to me, and I have seen it happen to my friends. I was almost killed by one (the difference between almost and actually was less than the width of a hat brim). With careful gun handling, particularly a laser focus on muzzle control, they usually don’t do much more than scare the bejesus out of you. But the fact is that sometimes, in less than a heartbeat, shit happens.
The point is, just be careful. Be safe. Do everything you can to try to make sure shit doesn’t happen… and if it does, that the outcome is little more than a raised heart rate and ringing ears.