When a Michigan man's girlfriend revealed how nervous she was around his gun, he was determined to show her how "safe" firearms actually are. I am sure that is a scene that is repeated in many a household when a conversation about the dangers of guns comes up. However, this particular lesson had horrific consequences.
The 36-year-old man ended up killing himself in the process. Perhaps it was because the man had been drinking earlier in the day or maybe he just had the worst luck ever. During his demo, he assured her his three guns were unloaded, then put each one to his head and pulled the trigger. Things went well with the first two pistols. However, when he tried the third, there was a bullet in it and he unintentionally shot himself in the head. Apparently, there was still a bullet in the chamber. Horrific.
It's a tragedy for him and his girlfriend, who had to watch him die right in front of her eyes. But beyond being a terrible, frightening story, there is a lesson in this for every gun owner. So often people "think" their guns are safe when they aren't. This is an extreme example, of course, but it's not an isolated incident.
Last month, a Florida man, who had left a gun safety class, pulled over to look at his new firearm. He removed the magazine but neglected to take out the bullet in the chamber and shot himself in the leg while handling it. And who could forget the headline-grabbing guffaw of NFL star Plaxico Burress who accidentally shot himself in the leg at a nightclub.
People have the right to own a gun -- that is unlikely to ever change. But with that right comes a great deal of responsibility to yourself and those around you. You can’t be brash and reckless with these deadly devices. Maybe there should be a universal law -- you can’t touch your firearm if you’ve been drinking. I think most gunowners know this already, but clearly it’s an issue. The Michigan man could have killed his girlfriend or someone else. Now he's dead because of a silly accident. What a waste -- and an unavoidable one.
Do you think people are too reckless with their guns?
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