Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: DEMCAD

I’m sorry I have to do this. I’m delighted to find an African American defending Second Amendment rights. DEMCAD’s opening arguments are nothing new: guns don’t kill people )people who say guns don’t kill people with guns kill people with guns who are trying to kill them). Dictators heart a disarmed populace. Those of you who’ve HIAB (Heard It All Before) are advised to skip ahead to 2:58. DEMCAD struggles with the Mossberg’s safety—clearly unaware which position indicates safe (backwards). He looks at the gun with bewilderment, and then racks the weapon to prove it’s empty. Uh-oh.

At 5:31 DEMCAD asks about home defense shotgun rounds. Holy shit, is that a brace of bullet bandoliers? DEMCAD fesses up to his ignorance on the stopping power and penetration issues surrounding shotgun shells—even as his finger relentlessly probes an empty casing slot (ew).

This is not good. First, whoever sold DEMCAD his weapons stands accused (here) or dereliction of duty. In RI, buyers have to sign a form that swears to the fact that the gun shop owner explained all the gun’s safety features. Needless to say, no such thing occurs. But it damn well should. I don’t know how a gun dealer can sleep at night wondering if his customers know enough about their new guns to keep and use it safely. I guess they don’t. Wonder, that is.

Second, forget those stupid cable locks. Why don’t all guns come with snap caps or dummy shells? Again, if I were selling guns to people who weren’t expert in the ways of firearms (discovered through a few simple questions), I’d throw in some inert ammo, guide them through the proper procedures, give them the practice ammo and tell them to practice.

Still, third, and there’s no getting around this, it’s the gun owner’s responsibility to know WTF they’re doing with their guns. BEFORE they feed them ammo. While you might applaud DEMCAD for using YouTube to ask for expert advise on Glock cleaning and shot shell selection, I don’t. The information is already out there. Google “home defense shotgun” FFS. DEMCAD should have done his research quietly, in the privacy of his own home.

And then gone to a gun range.

I’ve never been to a range yet where there wasn’t a professional ready, willing and able to help a newbie achieve basic proficiency and/or learn safe gun handling skills. Gun safety courses are available across the length and breadth of this great nation, and they cost a lot less than those shells hanging off of DEMCAD’s door.

Anyone who ignores their responsibility to learn basic gun safety is an irresponsible gun owner. Period. In fact, I’ll go beyond that. Any gun owner who doesn’t think through their home defense strategy is also irresponsible. They should have a weapon AND a plan on how they might—operative word “might”—use it.

DEMCAD’s right: guns are tools. But so are people who buy them without FIRST learning how to respect their power.

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Robert Farago is the Publisher of The Truth About Guns (TTAG). He started the site to explore the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of guns.

5 Responses to Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: DEMCAD

  1. Hello, my name is Reginald Kaigler (aka DEMCAD).

    First of all, it is socially irresponsible to call someone an irresponsible gun owner if with sufficient cause.

    1. I did not use the gun in an unsafe (or threatening manner). I didn't point the gun at any one.

    2. I made sure that the gun was empty before (and during the video.) Which met that the possibility of someone being hurt was ZERO.

    You wrote, "DEMCAD struggles with the Mossberg’s safety—clearly unaware which position indicates safe (backwards). "

    I made sure the gun was empty. lol It's okay to struggle with the gun if the gun is empty. Practice makes perfect. Even experienced cops make mistakes. And if you really knew anything about guns, you would know that.

    3. When I ask questions, I'm asking for an opinion. I always do my research. Which is why I know if you ask three experience gun owners a gun question, you'll get 4 answers.

    i.e. Which load should you use for home defense? (Some people will say 00 buckshot, others will say birdshot and some will say I can use a special round.)

    4. This is a very old video and I'm still alive. Nobody is dead. And guess what? I was walking downtown and some idiot was driving the wrong way down a one way street. I bet the dealership didn't make sure he knew how to drive before the car was sold to him.

    You wrote, "In RI, buyers have to sign a form that swears to the fact that the gun shop owner explained all the gun’s safety features." Anybody who has ever had to learn about guns will tell you that most people need to practice to truly get all of the proper procedures down. Demonstrating it only once in the store will never do the job.

    Gun education doesn't happen in a 4 hour class either. It happens when you research, practice and interact with others. Which is why I did the video.

    5. You wrote, "I’m delighted to find an African American defending Second Amendment rights."

    RED FLAG!

    What does the color of my skin have to do with anything?

    Is it that big of a surprise to you that an African American would defend gun rights? That's pretty silly and racist. I think the sentence reveals your true motives. And I think that this article says more about yourself than it says about me.

    think this

  2. Holy crap relax. I didn’t see where you mentioned what he did that was unsafe? Fumbling with a safety is okay. Racking the gun is okay. Was he trigger conscious?

    Let up, man. As long as you’re not pointing it at anyone and maintain good trigger control, you’re fine.

  3. avatarDavid Gruesome says:

    Mr. Fag, i mean farango. You are indeed wrong and racist. Take this blog down you punk because your argument is not valid. Demcad seems to obviously be the more intelligent one. And he made you look pathetic with a very clean counter. And phuckyew you racist biatch!

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