I was fortunate enough to grow up in a gun friendly family. Dad was a cop (one of the good ones) and taught me the basics at a young age. I went into the military and served for a good bit of time and learned/trained much more with firearms, all the aspects of them. Not just firing/shooting, but handling, safety, maintenance, etc etc. I now own a child-killing AR rilfe and carry a .45 daily. Because other calibers may kill the body, but the .45 kills the soul. And so on. Maybe I’m compensating . . .
Anyways, having deployed in the sandboxes for numerous years, on the kind of the blunt tip of the spear, I have had numerous occasions to observe troops/soldiers from several nations handling firearms. In my albeit limited experience they’re……..meh. The good troops are good obviously, the normal ones are not typically ones I’d like to hang around with live ammo for extended periods of time.
So the question of the day, maybe, is how do other countries (assumably gun-friendly, or just gun crazy) deal with basic rules of safety and handling?
ED: We interrupt this 80 proof rant for a description of the events above via liveleak.com:
In shooting club in the Volokolamsk Highway, a 12-year-old student has accidentally killed a friend of his mother with a rifle, which he thought was not loaded with ammunition.
The footage shows the mother of the shooter and her friend going to check the target, the boy moved to the table where instructed and from where he was to shoot the rifle.
A female instructor asked the boy to take the rifle in his hands, without making sure that the weapon at this point was not loaded.
At some point, the child apparently jokingly took aim at the people in front of him, and pulled the trigger, fatally hitting the family friend in the head and killing him instantly.
While police acknowledge the boy is also at fault for playing around with the loaded weapon, charges are expected to be laid against the instructor for not ensuring the rifle was empty at the time.
Back to Ryan:
They don’t have the benefit of Col. Cooper (Semper Fi!), but from what I’ve seen by and large, aside from upper echelon troops of first world countries, there is a very cavalier and somewhat dangerous attitude about firearms in the world for the most part. I don’t need to tell you about Arabs shooting AK’s in the air for the slightest celebratory reason, but it does kind of bear thought. We (Americans) are a gun culture, no doubt about it, but there are countries that have existed and had firearms for far longer than we’ve even existed as a nation, and yet they are far worse off when it comes to gun safety issues. Again, in my limited experience.
Are we a safer gun-toting nation than others? (Yes, btw) Has our firearm ownership (2nd Amendment FTW!) from our nations inception given us a sort of gun mindsent/mentality? Not just for safety, obviously jackasses shoot each other and themselves all the time. But this example, while tragic, does illustrate some differences. Could this have happened in the US? Absolutely. Would it have been far less likely? Also absolutely. While nobody has the foresight to predict that little dipshit would aim and pull the trigger, I have no doubt that most, if not all, reputable gun ranges in the US of America would have either had safety/range types on site, or rules/regulations in place that would have prevented those dudes from going downrange while it was in questionable status.
Anyways, make of it what you will. Perhaps it will help, perhaps not. Again, no need for credit. If it does make the page; I’m happy to have helped you and the site and the cause. If not, I hate you and your ass face. j/k